Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Jean Shields Everest Online University SPCP2300-39 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs What is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), developed the Hierarchy of Needs model in the late 1960s to help us better understand why we communicate. It helps us better understand our needs and as discussed in the video, Motivation for Communication, it also “proposes that a range of human needs govern our actions.” Maslow’s model has remained valid through today as it assists in understanding management training, personal development, and human motivation. In essence, his model clearly indicates that these needs should be satisfied in order, as the first need relates to our most common and obvious need for survival (Chapman, 2010). The basis of Maslow’s theory relies on a simple theory that these needs should be met before a person is able to act unselfishly. Therefore, our immediate needs must be satisfied in order before any of the higher needs can be met or satisfied (Envision Software, Inc., 2012). I truly believe that the purpose of this needs chart is to ensure that as individuals, we maximize our potential. Stages There are five stages in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and they are: (1) physiological needs; (2) safety needs; (3) social needs; (4) esteem needs; and (5) self-actualization needs. The five-stage model, which consists of its terminology and structure and not the actual diagrams shown in Figure 1 (a basic illustration) and in Figure 2 (a descriptive illustration) is definitely attributed to Maslow. There have been several personal interpretations of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs illustrated in various pyramids and diagrams, but those shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2 are the courtesy of Alan Chapman (Chapman, 2010). Figure 1 - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Chart (Basic) | Figure 2- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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