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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Above is a diagram of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow, a psychologist, first provided this concept in his paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation".
The base of the pyramid contains all of a human's basic needs. Once all or most these needs have been achieved, a person can move onto the next level of the pyramid.
- These needs are absolutely necessary for a person to continue living. According to Maslow, these needs are ingrained into the human psyche, making them instinctual and thus takes priority over all other needs.
- Feeling safe and being safe both contribute to survival, but not as much as the Physiological Needs previously mentioned. This level does not only refer to security of one's home, but of the stability of ones life. For example: protection from natural disasters, having a reliable source of income, and keeping good health.
- This tier includes a person's desire to be accepted among others. Each individual wishes to foster a relationships that involves friends, family, lovers, religious groups, society, and coworkers.
- Once a person is accepted by a group(s), they will most likely seek a way to improve their own self-worth, social standing, and accomplishments.
- At this point, a person no longer cares for the opinions of others and only focuses and maximizing their own potential. This is an ongoing stage and is never fully satisfied. Unless one manages to answer the ultimate question to life, the universe, and everything. (It's not 42).
 "A Theory of Human Motivation," Classics in the History of Psychology, Accessed 26 Feb 2012, http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm