Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Oct 16, 2020
The Hierarchy of Needs of Maslow
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology. It argues that there are 5 stages of human needs that motivate our behavior. Abraham Maslow proposed his theory in 1943 after studying what he called exemplary people, such as Albert Einstein or Eleanor Roosevelt. First, there are physiological needs, such as the need to breathe, eat, drink, or sleep. The moment we get enough of that and we feel awakened our bellies are full, we get motivated by the next thing. Now we want safety. We try to earn money, build up resources, and look for shelter that protects us against dangers. Once we are satisfied and feel safe, we have time to think about what we want next. At stage three, we seek love and belonging. We desire to be close to family and friends, belong to a society, or join a gang.
But the moment we feel completely part of a group, we already wish to be a little different than the rest. At stage four, we look for esteem, self confidence and respect from our peers. We want to be someone. If we have money, we buy a fancy watch. If we have a brain, we write or think or work a lot. Motivation to perform and compete is now at its highest. Students, sports men and inventors excel, Neil Armstrong even flew to the moon. Only if we breathe and drink and eat and sleep enough and we feel safe and part of a group and still special, only then can we reach level 5, self actualization now we can relax, be creative, accept facts for what they are. Give back or do whatever we want. No more pressure, unless of course there is trouble below. If you are a leader and believe in the theory, use it.
First, make sure everyone has eaten well. Then make them feel safe and help them belong to a group. Once they feel they belong, they are ready to stand out and excel. Thanks for watching. Even if we try to keep it short, each video is quite some work. First, we research and write a script, then we brainstorm ideas, and after that, we draw the storybook, then it's recorded, narrated, and finally edited. If you want to support us to make more videos on learning and education, visit Patreon dot com slash sprouts.