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  • 1. Maslows hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation“. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans innate curiosity. His theoriesparallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the termsPhysiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, and Self-Actualization needs to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. Maslow studied what he called exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass rather than mentally ill or neurotic people, writing that "the study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy.“ Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population. © Saharsh Bhushan. All Rights Reserved.
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  • 3. An Exercise to Determine Your Motivational NeedsTo perform the exercise, read through the following statements…check those which are most important inmotivating you to do your best work. Select the TEN most important statements and note the numberscorresponding to them.629 Job security847 Being trusted to do my job the way I think it should be done.333 Participating in work group conversations.311 Having adequate shelter to protect from the elements.836 Having a job which allows me time with my family.151 Having an opportunity for personal growth.937 Socializing with my friends.743 Being considered for an advancement opportunity.431 Working with other people.819 Having children.458 Doing something meaningful with my life.757 Being in a position to contribute new ideas.828 Having an associate that looks out for my interests.735 Including other people in what I do.949 Being selected for an exclusive award.234 Being involved with work associates in social and recreational activities.616 Being sexually satisfied.146 Having a responsible person tell me when I’ve done a good job.539 Having an active part in work related social activities.341 Knowing that other people respect me and my work.132 Acceptance as a work group member. © Saharsh Bhushan. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4. Your ScoreTo Determine Results:The statements are divided into five categories intended torepresent the five levels in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.The second digit in each statement number indicates thecategory. These categories are:1. Physiological,2. Safety-Security,3. Love-Belonging,4. Self-Esteem,5. Self-Actualization.Count up the number you have in each category thencalculate the percentages for each category. The categorieswith the highest percentages would be your personalmotivational drivers. © Saharsh Bhushan. All Rights Reserved.

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