Maslow's Hierarchy of needs

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Motivation and me! Motivation can be said to be the desire that one has to reach a goal. Maslow’s, hierarchy of needs (1943), states that people’s motivation is influenced by the desire to satisfy ones needs. This hierarchy consists of five different levels. Progression is only possible when the previous level is fully satisfied. “All of his basic needs are instinctual, equivalent of instincts in animals. Humans start with a very weak disposition that is then fashioned fully as the person grows. If the environment is right, people will grow straight and beautiful, actualizing the potentials they have inherited. If the environment is not "right" (and mostly it is not) they will not grow tall and straight and beautiful.”(Janet A.S, 1987). The hierarchy begins with our most basic needs, which are known as physiological needs. All individuals have these needs and this is the first needs to be satisfied. They include food and water. The next level is known as security. This is the need of being secure, of being safe. “These needs can be satisfied by living in a safe area, medical insurance, job security, financial services.” (NetMBA, 2007) The two levels mentioned above are often classified as lower-order needs, while the remaining three are classified as higher-order needs. The third level is known as the belongingness level. People need to overcome feelings of loneliness. Friends and family provide a sense of belongingness. These needs are often satisfied by interacting with different people. The fourth level is called esteem. This can be identified as a person’s need to feel important. This can be both internal and external. After these needs are satisfied, the person’s confidence is stronger and he is valued more by others. The fifth level is known as the self-actualization level. This is the quest of discovering one’s full potential, it can never be
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