Critical Analysis Of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs

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Abraham Maslow an american psychologist born in April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn,New York. Abraham Maslow was a pioneer in psychology in the 50’s. He synthesized a lot of psychological research and created the Hierarchy of Needs. What is the Hierarchy of Needs? Is it valid today? What are the missing parts? I think we have to take a look at what individuals needs are in todays conditions. Then what is the Hierarchy of Needs. Saul McLeod defines it in his article “Maslow 's Hierarchy of Needs” as Maslow’s way to understand what gets individuals motivated to achieve things needed. Maslow (1943) stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs (Saul McLeod, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, 2007). Maslow 's pyramid of needs forms up from five basic factors. The author states that the needs are divided into 2 stages; basic needs and growth need. The basic needs are physiological, safety, love, and esteem needs and the growth need is self-actualization. If the person can not be succesful in one need he or she can not start to achieve the other needs because without one being done the other can not be proceeded as said by Saul McLeod. In the article “Social Networks: What Maslow Misses” that Pamela Rutlegde has written she says that the Hierarchy of Needs is missing an important structure which is social-connecting. Pamela Rutledge in her article relates the hierarchy of needs as some type of video games where you cannot move on to the next level before completing the other.
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