Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Modern Reassessments of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs has been around for over 75 years and is still a basic tenet in motivational theory and humanistic psychology. While it can be critiqued in various ways, it is also helpful to remember that it has served as a springboard for conceiving of different hierarchies. So let us start off at Ground Zero for this kind of thinking.

At the apex of the pyramid are the self-actualization needs. The need to realize all of your potential. Some lucky souls get to be this way. The rest of us just plod along.

Immediately below actualization needs are the psychological needs for esteem and love and belongingness.

Ad in the lowest levels are the safety needs and the physiological needs. These cannot be downplayed!

The introduction of the internet has added a few more needs below that. Like WIFI and a functioning battery. Preferably a secure WIFI connection, if I might be choosy.

The internet itself has spawned a new set of demands and needs. These can be arranged in a hierarchy of needs

That important California area, Silicon Valley, has its own hierarchy of needs.

To consider a particular, shopping for a bra requires effort and concentration. It should be supportive, comfortable, and make a good appearance under your clothes. It should keep its contents stable and not jiggling much. Lastly, it should feel good on your skin. Is it too extreme to talk about Boob-actualization? Try wearing an ill-fitting bra for an hour or so before you answer. 

I guess it can be tough being a guy sometimes. They even have their own social hierarchy of needs to worry about:

Let's not forget other needs in any self-actualization that might be going on:


Cloudia said...

Another fun and thoughtful gambit, Angel!

John Hill said...

Your posts always make me smile, Angel!
You have a great imagination and wonderful presentation skills.
Have a grand day, my young friend!

Mike said...

The male college pyramid didn't work at the University of Missouri at Rolla in the 60's. There were 8000 guys and 100 girls in attendance.

Birgit said...

This is funny...I like the one with the cats at the bottom. Thanks for the smile:)

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Definitely one need is for a a secure internet connection.

Grand Crapaud said...

Cats have become hackneyed on the internet.

allenwoodhaven said...

Excellent! Love the different takes on Maslow. I always thought he made a lot of sense.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people existing on the base levels. They still have the higher needs
but have to spend most of their time maintaining survival.

Banana Oil said...

Some people get confused over what are true humans' needs, especially the higher ones.

Bilbo said...

"Boob Actualization." Maslow really missed out on that one.