WELL, THAT PYRAMID IS DECONSTRUCTED TO ONLY THE BOTTOM BASE-----WHICH ARE BASIC ANIMAL NEEDS.
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This video takes place in space as human development no longer takes this MASLOW'S pathway. One will not need to think about the stages above basic animal needs-----food, shelter. There will be no love, family, esteem, achievement beyond simply DOING WHAT ONE IS TOLD in exchange for a BED AND A MEAL.
There is no HOPE, no FREE WILL, no personal growth, no ambition.
MASLOW'S PYRAMID theory from last century embraced REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE ideals of 99% of WE THE PEOPLE having opportunity and access----having freedom and liberty ----to achieve these stages of emotional development. What these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA did was kill all that emotional and psychological growth which comes with EDUCATION/HIGHER INCOME/STABILITY/FAMILY and reduced our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE to being NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG----PORNOGRAPHY AND SEX TRADE BLACK MARKET MULES----which is the lowest stage of human development------
The Five Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
· January 4, 2019
What motivates human behavior?
According to humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, meeting certain needs is what motivates our actions. To explain motivation, Maslow introduced his hierarchy of needs in 1943. This hierarchy suggests that people are motivated to satisfy basic needs before passing on to more advanced ones.
While some current schools of thought such as psychoanalysis or behaviorism focus more on maladaptive behavior, Maslow was much more interested in discovering and understanding the motivation behind people’s actions and why some individuals felt happier with their choices than others.
As a humanist, Maslow believed that every single person had an inborn desire of self-realization: becoming everything they wanted to be. However, in order to apply tools to achieve this goal, they had to meet their most basic needs beforehand such as food, security, and love.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Maslow established that people feel motivated to meet certain needs in a hierarchic way. Our most basic need is physical survival, which is the first one to motivate our behavior. Once this level is met, the following will be prioritized over the next, and so on.
In the next section, we’ll be talking about the five different levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The first level is the pyramid’s base and the rest pile up on top of it.
The five levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
- Physiological needs: Biological demands for human survival: air, food, drink, shelter, clothing, heat, sex, and sleep. The human body can’t work properly unless an individual meets these needs. Maslow considered that physiological needs are the most important ones.
- Safety needs: Protection against danger, security, order, laws, stability, liberty, and living without fear.
- Love and belonging: Friendship, intimacy, trust, acceptance, giving and receiving affection, and being part of a group.
- Esteem: Maslow divided this need into two categories: Self-esteem (dignity, achievements, independence, and control) and the desire for reputation or respect from others (status, prestige).
- Self-actualization: Exploiting individual potential and pursuing personal growth and remarkable experiences.
Self-realized people are conscious of themselves, worry about personal growth, aren’t fazed by other people’s opinions, and just want to take advantage of their potential.
“Deficiency needs” versus “growth needs”
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is divided into deficiency needs and growth needs. The first four levels are called deficiency needs or d-needs, while the top level is known as a growth need. Deficiency needs arise due to privation. Some say that they motivate people when they’re not met. In addition, the motivation to meet those needs increases the more time they spend unmet.
Initially, Maslow said that people must meet the lower-level deficiency needs before progressing to meet higher-level growth needs. However, he later clarified that the satisfaction of a need is not an “all or nothing” phenomenon.
SAFETY is the second stage of MASLOW -----and MOVING FORWARD has a goal of taking ALL 99% of US WE THE PEOPLE down to third world DARK AGES------there was no MASLOW PYRAMID for people back then. This structure of SELF-ACTUALIZATION is a construct of OLD WORLD KINGS -----HINDI=BRAHMIN. Only the rich have the LUXURY of self -actualizing.
US FAKE NEWS media sell the idea of this disappearance of US standards of life as much slower than will actually occur. The coming economic collapse---the bringing in of WORLD BANK/IMF----the building of DEEP DEEP REALLY DEEP STATE-----will all bring a collapse to US standards of life----and with that MASLOW'S PYRAMID. Just like that video shared yesterday where that HUMAN standing alone seeking only to satisfy the most basic of animal needs----FOOD, SHELTER, SLEEP.
Isn't MASLOW'S PYRAMID today's WELLNESS MOVEMENT? Actually not.
We have no wellness movement when NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG illegal surveillance inside homes are creating massive stress, depression, fear etc.
So, just as we said with NO BULLYING IN SCHOOLS-----these global banking TALKING POINTS are myth-making and propaganda.
GROUP SPEAK AND CHATTERING is not personal development-----it is ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and our US young adults are being forced into these freemason/Greek structures.
The middle class is disappearing in countries around the world, and it means millennials won't have the same opportunities their parents did
Apr. 12, 2019, 9:55 AM
- Millennials are being "squeezed out of the middle class," Richard Partington for The Guardian reported, citing the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
- The shrinking middle class among millennials worldwide means that millennials won't have the same opportunities as their parents, according to Partington.
- This can be seen in homebuying trends — unlike their parents, American millennials are renting longer and buying later because of a more expensive real-estate market.
Millennials are being "squeezed out of the middle class," according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Richard Partington for The Guardian reported.
According to the OECD, the middle class and its influence have gotten smaller in 40 countries for every generation since baby boomers, and the living standards of the middle class have lowered in the past 30 years, Partington wrote. The OECD's analysis included the 36 nations that comprise it, plus South Africa, China, Russia, and Brazil.
About 60% of millennials are middle class, compared with 70% of baby boomers who were at their age, he said, citing data from the OECD.
The middle class is particularly shrinking in the US — middle-income Americans represented about 61% of the country in 1971, but only 52% of American adults were classified as middle income in 2016, Business Insider's Katie Warren reported, citing data from the Pew Research Center.
And Americans know it — just less than half said they were middle class in 2014, while more than half said they were middle class in 2008, according to Pew.
The Pew Research Center defines the US middle class as people earning two-thirds to twice the median household income, which was $60,336 in 2017, meaning middle-class Americans were earning about $40,425 to $120,672. But that number shifts as it's broken down by state and even by city.
About a quarter of American millennials earning $100,000 a year or more consider themselves below middle class — nearly 7% think they're poor and almost 20% think they're working class, according to an INSIDER and Morning Consult survey. Of those who responded, about 38% of millennials earning $100,000 a year or more think they're middle class, and 23% think they're upper middle class.
We discuss often the FAKE DATA surrounding employment----surrounding home-ownership----surrounding FOOD SECURITY-----the number of US citizens falling into the category of jobs paying only enough for FOOD AND A BED-----where people are fed at work and paid very little. Then we have those citizens not working who are in growing numbers being treated like REFUGEES----being fed by global NGOS-----as third world nations do. Then we have our seniors aging out as their retirements, home-ownership are being attacked. At the same our young adults---those MILLENNIALS -----have a growing anxiety over their future and ability to attain MASLOW'S stage of SAFETY.
The global banking PRETENSE of WINNERS AND LOSERS falling from 20% -----to 10% ----to 5% -----soon becoming only the global 2% will KILL MASLOW'S pyramid for US 99% WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown citizens and new to US immigrants.
Whether US citizens have growing fears of FOOD SECURITY---HOUSING SECURITY-----OR ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE 'HITTING' taking away all sense of SAFETY======this is what MOVING FORWARD has in store ----
NO MASLOW'S PYRAMID FOR YOU.
So, the transition in US from FOOD SECURITY is being tied to JOB SECURITY as more and more people are being FED in their WORKPLACE----or children FED at their CORPORATE SCHOOL.
The FOOD STAMP stats have always been SKEWED as these stats only represent PARENTS receiving those STAMPS.....these stats do not include the number of children. So, if 46 million people are on FOOD STAMPS the greater number being children is not represented. America has 350 million citizens with the greater majority being children.
WHO ARE THE FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS? THE PARENTS.
Food Stamps Still Feed One in Seven Americans Despite Recovery
February 3, 2016, 5:00 AM EST
- Participation near record levels even as unemployment declines
- Government waivers, uneven recovery blamed for ongoing need
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 38 Straight Months
By Ali Meyer | January 13, 2015 | 9:24 AM EST
(AP File Photo)
(CNSNews.com) - The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—AKA food stamps--has topped 46,000,000 for 38th straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In October 2014, the latest month reported, there were 46,674,364 Americans on food stamps. Food stamp recipients have exceeded 46 million since September 2011.
Food Stamps Exceed 46,000,000
for 38 Straight Months
The 46,674,364 on food stamps in October was an increase of 214,434 from the 46,459,930 on food stamps in September.
As of July, the national population was 318,857,056, the Census Bureau estimates. Thus, the 46,674,364 on food stamps equaled 14.6 percent of the population.
The number of households on food stamps increased from 22,749,951 in September to 22,867,248 in October, an increase of 117,297.
As of September, according to the Census Bureau, there were 115,831,000 households in the country. Thus, the 22,867,248 households on food stamps in October equaled 19.7 percent of the nation’s households.
The 46,674,364 people on food stamps in the United States also exceeded the total populations of Columbia (46,245,297), Kenya (46,245,297), Ukraine (44,291,413) and Argentina (43,024,374).
They were slightly fewer than the population of Spain (47,737,941).
Households on food stamps got an average benefit of $261.44 during the month, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5,978,320,593.
In 1969, the average participation in the SNAP program stood at 2,878,000. In 2014, average participation grew to 46,536,000 showing an increase of 1516.96 percent.
With FOOD STAMP program ending we see this FEEDING of US citizens moving to INSTITUTIONS----ergo, all children FED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS-----all parents FED where they work.
How do we gauge FOOD INSECURITY when everyone is being fed by an INSTITUTION?
We know that the near future has more and more and more people unable to get jobs----more and more and more children not attending public schools-----pre-K to career apprenticeships has CHILD LABOR -----CHILDREN ENTER WORKFORCE where they become FED at work.
Percentage of Poor Students in Public Schools Rises
By Motoko Rich
- Jan. 16, 2015
In a report released Friday by the Southern Education Foundation, researchers found that 51 percent of children in public schools qualified for the lunches in 2013, which means that most of them come from low-income families. By comparison, 38 percent of public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in 2000.
Should Schools Be Serving Children 3 Meals a Day?
We all remember the images from the show, “Leave It to Beaver,” in which Wally and Beav, the two teenagers, would come home from school with their mother waiting—apron tied snugly around her waist—offering an after-school snack consisting of a turkey sandwich and glass of milk for each of the boys. Dinner would be in the oven, of course, usually a nice meatloaf, with corn, mashed potatoes, and a pie perched in the window to cool down. No matter what the case, Dad would always make it home for dinner, laughing, smiling, sharing stories and eating—TOGETHER.
Today, we are simply looking at the bottom of MASLOW'S pyramid which heavily depends on FOOD SAFETY/SECURITY AND HOUSING/SHELTER. Above we made the point that regardless of STATS an ever-higher percentage of US 99% WE THE PEOPLE are facing fears/concern about future FOOD SECURITY. When Congress uses RACE TO TOP/COMMONER CORE to create a 3 MEAL A DAY institutional meal program for ALL K-12 public schools----there is a built-in DISGUISE in whether a family or child is FOOD INSECURE. These children are getting 3 meals---there is no food insecurity.
Below we see the same happening to the parents of these children. Congress is changing laws surrounding CORPORATE TAXATION ET AL where businesses can DEDUCT from WAGES if they feed employees at work. Before, employee WAGES could never see these kinds of deductions. We are seeing this because US wages are going third world where wages disappear in lieu of being FED MEALS AND GIVEN HOUSING. So, FOOD AND HOUSING SECURITY exists only if you have a job.
Within a decade of MOVING FORWARD the percentage of US CITIZENS tied to being FED AND HOUSED by employer will be sky high.
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MASLOW knew as we all do today, FAMILIES THAT EAT TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER--------the first stage of FOOD SECURITY is followed by personal safety-----both of which are required for FAMILY AND LOVE.
The point is this: MOVING FORWARD is installing the opposite. The drive is feed children in corporate schools----feed parents in corporate workplace-----creating the need to access schools and employment in order to be fed. Employment opportunities becoming hyper-competitive and dynamic.
SO, WHERE DOES WELLNESS COME IN TO THIS SCENARIO? HOW ARE FAMILY SECURITY ENHANCED?
Deducting Meals From Employees' Paychecks
by Edriaan Koening
The federal government allows you to reduce the amount of money you pay your employees if you give them nonmonetary compensation such as meals and lodging. However, you have to meet various requirements to do so. Noncompliance with the existing rules and regulations could lead to problems with the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division.
To deduct meals from employees' paychecks, you must provide sufficient notice to your employees about the conditions under which you provide the meals. You must let all employees know that you will reduce their salaries or wages if they eat the meals you provide. Every employee whose paycheck will be affected has to agree to the deduction. It also has to be common practice in the industry to provide meals for employees.
To deduct meals from your employees' paychecks, you have to provide the meals for the employees' benefit and not yours. In some cases, it may be difficult to determine whether the meals were for the employees' benefit or yours. You can't profit from providing the meals and the employees must not need to take the meals to work properly. For example, if the employee can only receive the meals you provide because of limited break time or lack of other eating facilities, you can't deduct the cost of the meals from your employees' paychecks.
The amount of money you can deduct from your employees' paychecks depends on how much you spend on the food. You can only deduct the cost of the meals and not the amount of money you would get from selling the food to your customers. As long as the employees agree to the deductions, you can reduce their salaries or wages even if the deductions decrease their incomes to below minimum wage limits.
Before deducting the cost of meals from your employees' paychecks, review all the labor laws that apply to your place of business. Some state labor departments may have additional rules and regulations you must follow. For example, if you run a business in California, you must get your employees to sign a statement agreeing to the deductions. In some other states, you can only deduct up to a limit set by the state labor department.
Here is CHINESE societal structure minus ANY of MASLOW'S psychological pyramid. This global 1% CHINESE BILLIONAIRE tells us what APPLE AND GOOGLE'S philosophy is in overseas FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----coming soon to US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES.
'Long hours and excessive overtime were, for decades, commonplace in the country's manufacturing industry'.
When do 99% of CHINESE citizens work toward self-actualization? When do they have time for building ESTEEM? When are they building LOVE AND FAMILY-----when they are BURNED OUT MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY working 12-15 hours a day six days a week?
As well, this article tells us in China WAGES in real money are disappearing----DIGITAL CURRENCY replaces wages.
Why are US schools, businesses, health industry still talking about WELLNESS/MASLOW'S development when MOVING FORWARD does not allow any of that?
China's tech workers burn out mentally and physically in the '996' rat race
By Serenitie Wang, CNN
Updated 11:03 PM ET, Mon May 27, 2019
Beijing (CNN)Wang Shichang works 12 hours a day, often for six days a week. The newlywed is so busy he says he barely has time for his wife.
At the age of 28, Wang's energy levels are low. His eyes feel strained and dry. His sleep is light, and he says he's put on 20 pounds since he started working as a developer four years ago.
"Climbing four floors makes me out of breath these days," he says.
Wang blames his condition on what's known in China as "996" -- a grueling work schedule that stretches from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week, which has become the norm at many Chinese tech companies and start-ups.The topic has prompted heated debate on social media, with many tech tycoons and entrepreneurs weighing on the merits of long and stressful working hours. Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China's richest men, drew criticism earlier this year after he endorsed long work hours, calling them "a blessing."
YO YO MA----------global banking 1% musical freemason STAR-----
Wang doesn't agree with Ma -- and he's not the only one. Many others have been voicing their complaints on Github, an online forum known in the tech world for code-sharing.
They also share "anti-996" memes that poke fun at their predicament. In one, a Japanese actress was photoshopped to carry a sign saying: "Developers' lives matter." In another, a couple hold up wine glasses with the caption: "Come, let's celebrate being in the same room together for the first time in two years." The Github project has been liked more than a quarter of a million times.
Jack Ma, one of China's richest men, called long work hours "a blessing."
Despite the humor, Wang, the tech workers and experts alike say overwork is leading to serious mental and physical health problems.
Long hours and excessive overtime were, for decades, commonplace in the country's manufacturing industry. Now, a long-hours culture has spread to China's offices.
A 2018 survey by China Central Television and the National Bureau of Statistics suggested that, on average, Chinese people have 2.27 hours of leisure time a day -- less than half the time that people enjoy in the US, Germany and the UK.
According to a 2018 government-led survey on mental health in China, half of 403 surveyed tech workers said they were fatigued. Others reported vision problems, poorer memory, and spine and neck disorders.
Zhu, a 25-year-old programmer based in Shanghai, says most people in his company now suffered from "flat back syndrome" -- a disorder that causes the spine to lose its natural low back curve. It can be caused by incorrect sitting postures.
"In the annual checkup, some doctors just skip the spine test and check the flat back box by default," Zhu says. He added it's "almost impossible" to maintain a good posture when sitting for long hours at work.
Many Chinese tech workers have sharing "anti-996" memes such as this one, which suggests working long hours will make you end up in hospital.
On top of the physical symptoms, Wang says his mental health has been affected, too.
"Stress at work makes my depression so much worse that I have to get clinical treatment for it," he says.
Wang says his doctor urged him to better manage his work stress and get more sleep, but he says he finds it hard to make tradeoffs.
"My wife and I sometimes cut short our sleep to do things we enjoy," Wang says. "I could sleep in at weekends, but I'd rather set an alarm and allocate more time to things like watching movies and going to concerts."
Twenty Wu, a 23-year-old software developer for a Chinese e-commerce site, says he faces a similar challenge -- wanting to cram in non-work activities and get enough sleep.
"I arrive home at around 11 p.m. on workdays and just go straight to bed with no time or energy for entertainment or study," says Wu.
South Koreans are working themselves to death.
Of course, overwork is not limited to China.
Neighboring Japan and South Korea also share the culture of prolonged working hours. The terms Karōshi and gwarosa, in Japanese and Korean respectively, both refer to death from overwork.
The US counterpart of 996 is the "hustling" culture that emphasizes overwork and is celebrated in Silicon Valley. Elon Musk, the entrepreneur founder of electric car maker Tesla, once said he worked 80 to 90 hours a week, claiming: "Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week."
MYTH-MAKING AND PROPAGANDA ELON
'Boring and repetitive'
According to Xiang Yuanzhi, chief editor of the Internet Economy magazine, one reason this younger generation of tech workers feels they've been treated unfairly is a mismatch between expectation and reality.
Many are well-educated but find the work and pay offered by tech jobs aren't what they had imagined. And unlike other high-intensity professionals, such as doctors or scientists, programmers do not receive equal social status and respect, which further reduces their sense of satisfaction, Xiang explains.
"Their work is mostly boring and repetitive, with focuses on tiny parts of gigantic projects of codes," he says. "It's extremely hard to get a sense of fulfillment."
"To be blunt, programmers are essentially no different from assembly line workers," Wang adds. "Young Chinese coders have grown up with a more affluent life. They demand more personal freedom and pursuits."
Among the 40 Chinese tech workers CNN reached out to, few said they had sought counseling or help from employee support services -- something that not many Chinese technology companies provide.
Enoch Li, who runs a mental health consultancy for companies in China, says that in her experience, the mental wellness of employees is low on the list of things that tech entrepreneurs worry about.
"Sometimes they just don't have the budget for it," she says.
Even for Chinese companies that offer employee assistance programs, it's more likely to be a one-way emotional support hotline that simply listens.
Li says Chinese companies overemphasize "emotional resilience" or "perseverance" but fail to tell employees when to quit putting on a brave face. And the stigma surrounding mental health issues in China means that many workers don't express how they feel or seek help.
Zhu agrees that receiving mental health care can be frowned upon.
"Yes, I feel anxious, but it never occurred to me that I need help from a therapist," says Zhu, who works for a foreign-funded tech company that provides employees with a free counseling service.Wang hasn't been so lucky. None of the five Chinese tech firms he's worked for has provided any mental health services, he says. He diagnosed his illness by watching YouTube videos on depression and reading online forms.
Wang says he still battles with depression but is seeing a therapist, taking medication and making time to listen to music has helped -- although the long hours he's expected to work haven't changed.
As I am DODGING AND DUCKING illegal surveillance and being made PORN in my living space having experienced psycho-sexual torture and threats of BEING CONTROLLED------
I am wondering why when I GOOGLE workplace health, education, family psychologists and counseling------I see over and over------MASLOW'S PYRAMID----as the US societal goals for our 99% WE THE PEOPLE?
Below we see these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA neo-liberalism and coming DEEP, DEEP, REALLY DEEP STATE which is basically CHINA'S EXTREME WEALTH EXTREME POVERTY GLOBAL CORPORATE MARXISM------where end justifies means----MASLOW is nowhere in sight.
'Description of a self-actualized person
They do not believe that the end justifies the means'.
Here is GLOBAL GREEN TECHNOLOGY pretending they are interested in MASLOW while MOVING FORWARD Chinese-style societal structures
'Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Why It Still Matters In 2019
Maslow’s Pyramid: what is it, how can we apply it?
January 22, 2019 - Alejandra Salazar
Our needs move us to overcome every challenge that is thrown our way daily. What is Maslow’s pyramid? What is it for? What are its levels? What are basic needs? What is self-actualization? In this article, we will take a look at Maslow’s hierarchy (or pyramid) of needs more in depth to answer these questions. Discover everything you need to know about motivation through this theory.
What is Maslow’s Pyramid?
Oxford dictionary defines a “need” as “to require (something) because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable.”
Regarding human needs, one of the most important contributions to psychology is the so-called Maslow pyramid. In it, the author ordered human needs in a hierarchy.
In order to be able to go up steps, it is necessary to satisfy the needs in the previous steps. Our progress will depend on our own actions, on the active attitude we adopt to keep moving forward. How? Through motivation.
The first three steps of the pyramid are “deficiency needs” (D-needs), which are the first three steps of the pyramid, and “being needs” (B-needs), corresponding to the top two steps of the pyramid. Without meeting the needs of each step, one cannot climb to another step. Only successful and motivated people can reach self-actualization which, whether conscious of it or not, is every human being’s goal.
Human behavior can be altered if different needs are not met. The lower the step to be satisfied, the more it affects behavior.
Maslow is considered one of the founding fathers of humanistic psychology. This type of psychology explores issues from a philosophical perspective of life in order to answer meaningful questions. It differs greatly from other psychological perspectives, especially behavioral psychology, which only focuses on observable stimuli (like behavior), or from psychoanalysis which focuses on the unconscious.
Maslow believed human needs could be ordered, therefore he created a hierarchy, and with that, a pyramid. Maslow’s pyramid has five levels, the highest level being self-actualization. The way to climb to the top, according to Maslow, is to have an active attitude. Until our basic needs are not met, we can’t climb the next step. We are all responsible for our own progress. Motivation is the key to progressing and moving up.
“What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.” Abraham Maslow
Maslow’s Pyramid: Five basic needs
1. Physiological or basic needs
These needs are the most primal and basic needs for all human beings starting at birth. They are impossible to ignore. They cover actions such as sleeping, breathing, temperature homeostasis, feeding, and mating. Who can ignore when your stomach growls?
These actions help us maintain homeostasis, which is the relatively stable equilibrium in our bodies. According to this theory, if we have severe health problems, it’s less likely we will worry about trivial things. Without thinking outside the box, we have all experienced tiredness or sleepiness. In this state, it is very difficult to concentrate on anything else.
2. Safety and protection needs
This stage is not only about physical safety but also material safety such as:
- Personal security
- Financial security
- Health and well-being
- Safety net against accidents/illness
3. Love and social belonging
This stage holds all of our relationships. We need to have positive and healthy relationships, be it friendship or partners. Love and affection make our existence easier since it involves feelings of belongingness. The group we belong to regardless of size or type (family, friends, sports club, etc.) will always motivate us to make changes and fulfill different stages.
Remember that for others to accept us, we must first accept ourselves. However, the other people’s support is a crucial impulse to help us search for the best version of ourselves.
4. Esteem needs
This stage refers to the typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. It embraces more complex aspects of life such as confidence, trust, self-esteem, respect, and success. Self-esteem is vital for personal growth, a lack of it can lead to inferiority complexes and disorders. If we don’t appreciate ourselves it becomes complicated to worry about anything else, let alone fulfilling all the stages. These needs are usually divided into two:
- Inferior: Based on others’ respect, attention, and appreciation. It’s linked to reputation, status, and position one might have or achieve in society or their social circle.
- Superior: This is based more on ourselves, the self-respect you give yourself. This includes our self-worth, as well as accepting our cognitive skills, thoughts, and emotions.
5. Self-actualization needs
They are at the top of the pyramid and longed by humans. To reach it, humans need to cover the previous four steps. What do we find here? Potential development: morality, creativity, spontaneity, and acceptance. Prejudices disappear. The positive vision that is maintained of life makes you want to live it to the fullest.
This level is reserved for the most successful people, but success is subjective. In this stage, issues can be resolved without duress and reality is seen through positivity.
Not everyone has the same goals, therefore, in order to understand what the ultimate goals are for self-actualization, we need to master the others. For example, one person might feel self-actualization by their very important job at the UN, while another can achieve self-actualization teaching children in a small town. Everyone has different dreams and it doesn’t mean you have to become famous in order to achieve self-actualization.
Maslow, in his later years, criticized his own version of self-actualization, specifying that a human being can find his or her self-actualization in giving themselves to some higher goal outside oneself, in altruism and spirituality. He named this Self-Transcendence, however it was not added to his original pyramid.
“Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos” – Abraham Maslow
Description of a self-actualized person
People who have managed to reach the last level of Maslow’s pyramid are characterized by the following features:
- Lead their problems towards solutions, beyond self-interest
- Their sense of humor is not based on cruelty.
- They respect each other and nature.
- They show spontaneity, creativity, and originality.
- They can enjoy solitude.
- Their personal relationships are not very numerous, but the ones they have are very close (they reject superficiality).
- They avoid social conventions and stereotypes, relying more on their individual experiences and judgments.
- They do not believe that the end justifies the means.
- They tend to enjoy experiences more intensely.
- They are non-conformist and independent.
How does Maslow’s pyramid relate to depression?
There are studies that have found a link between depression and the first levels of Maslow’s pyramid. Dissatisfaction of the basic and security needs could lead to depression. However, this is not a cause-effect relationship, it is just another variable that intervenes in developing this disorder.