MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS by: Valerie Crigger
PHYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS These are the most basic needs that drive us as humans such as food,sleep, water, and last but not least sex.Example: Not having any money forfood might lead you to go hunting orfishing for game in order to meet thisbasic need of hunger. Without food you can’t live.
SAFETY NEEDS This is the need to feel like your environment is safe around you.Failure to meet this need can result in stress and anxiety. Example:You just moved into a city and was not able to afford an apartment inthe nicest area. Your first night there you are highly stressed andunable to sleep because of all the police sirens you keep hearing passby. In this case your safety need is not being met because you areunsure of the area you are now living in.
LOVE AND BELONGINGNESS This is the need to obtain and Example: You know your father loves you very dearly but he is not angive affection. affectionate person throughout your childhood. This might leave you with a certain extra emphasis (later in life) on affection. You might look for relationships with people whom are very affectionate to meet this unsatisfied need.
ESTEEM This is the need to feel like you alone are worth something tosomeone. Example in order to meet this need you might do things forcharity or do nice things for random people because this makes youfeel good about yourself providing you with the now met need ofEsteem.
SELF-ACTUALIZATION A state of self-fulfillment Example: Something you do that youtruly enjoy and that makes you happy. It can almost put some people into aeuphoric state they enjoy it so much. Itcould be rock climbing, reading, singing, giving to the needy, taking care ofchildren, running or photography. It canbe anything. It’s what makes you happy.