Terminology Tuesday: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In the 1950s, psychologist Abraham Maslow sought to determine what motivates people. He identified a set of needs and desires that individuals attempt to fulfil. The needs and desires have been modified over time,  but the comprehensive hierarchy includes:

Transcendence – An altruistic means of helping others identify their own potential – this form of self-actualization is a higher form, considering not just the self, but others. Self-Actualization – Realizing our own potential and achieving self-fulfillment Aesthetic – Symmetry, order, beauty, balance Learning – Knowing, understanding, and mentally connecting to content Esteem – Achievement, competence, receiving approval, becoming independent Belonging – Love, family, friends, affection, community Security – Protection, safety, stability Physical – Hunger, comfort, thirst

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