I learned about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory as a part of my management course in college. The theory describes human needs that underlie our motivation as a hierarchy, from the most basic physiological needs to the most advanced self-actualization. The common visual representation is a pyramid such as this one.
While this theory was challenged as being too individualistic or simply not true in each person’s case — if it were, there wouldn’t be starving artists — it describes how our motivation might change under different circumstances. Simply put, until your basic needs are not met you are not looking for a higher calling and otherwise, having those needs satisfied causes your motivations to shift to the next level. It’s also worth noting that researchers recognize presence and overlapping of several needs at the same time and speak in terms of ‘needs domination’.
I wonder if this theory…
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