Maslow a theory of human motivation

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maslow a theory of human motivation

Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham H. Maslow

When Abraham H. Maslow introduced the world to Humanistic Theory, a third force in psychology was born (Behaviorism & Psychoanalytical theory being the first and second). As the name suggests, humanistic theory concerns itself with characteristics which are distinctly human.

Arguably the best known example of such a characteristic is Self-Actualization, an innate motivating force unique to the human species. It was in this landmark publication that Maslow provided the first published representation of Self-Actualization at the pinnicle of a hierarchy of human needs. According to Maslow Self-Actualization refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, in essence to become everything that one is capable of becoming.

This classic publication is essential reading for psychology students, educators and professionals.

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Abraham Maslow and Self Actualization (1968)

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Contributors Key Concepts Resources and References. Abraham H. Maslow felt as though conditioning theories did not adequately capture the complexity of human behavior. In a paper called A Theory of Human Motivation, Maslow presented the idea that human actions are directed toward goal attainment [1]. The four levels lower-order needs are considered physiological needs, while the top level of the pyramid is considered growth needs. The lower level needs must be satisfied before higher-order needs can influence behavior. The levels are as follows see pyramid in Figure 1 below.

By Saul McLeod , updated Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization. This five-stage model can be divided into deficiency needs and growth needs. The first four levels are often referred to as deficiency needs D-needs , and the top level is known as growth or being needs B-needs. Deficiency needs arise due to deprivation and are said to motivate people when they are unmet.


What motivates human behavior? This hierarchy suggests that people are motivated to fulfill basic needs before moving on to other, more advanced needs.

Abraham Maslow. Maslow is one of the most famous psychology articles ever written. Originally published in , it was in this landmark paper that Maslow presented his first detailed representation of Self-Actualization the desire to become everything that one is capable of becoming at the pinnacle of a hierarchy of human needs. What Maslow is most famous for, however, is the pyramid of human needs. This five stage model can be divided into basic or deficiency needs e.


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