Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Essay

569 WordsJun 15, 20153 Pages
In my project, I describe the Hierarchy of Human Needs, which was developed by the humanistic theorist Abraham Maslow in 1943. Laura King, the author of Experience Psychology, writes: “Humanistic psychologists believe that we all have the ability to control our lives and to achieve what we desire” (p. 370). For the media project I drew a pyramid with five levels of human needs. I used the visual pictures as my project media because it will help the other students to see and understand better the different levels of Maslow’s pyramid. At the base of the pyramid are the very basic but the strongest needs – physiological, followed by safety, love/belonging, self-esteem and at the very top of the pyramid is self-actualization. According to Maslow, each individual should fulfill fundamental needs first in order to move to another, more advanced, level of needs. Physiologic needs are the most primitive of all needs and include the need for water, food, sleep, warmth etc. In this stage, I included pictures of the basic needs such as water, food and sleep. When an individual fulfills this basic level of needs he or she is then motivated to move to another level, which is security or safety needs. Safety level extends beyond just the physical safety, or safety from harm. It also includes social and financial safety, such as job security. The duty of the government of each country is to protect the lives and property of its citizens. Today, we can witness how overprotective people are. People pay a lot of money for the feeling of safety, such as life insurance, car and house insurance, or even electronics and furniture insurance. In this level, I included the pictures of a shelter/house, job, health and property insurance. The third level falls under the category of love and belonging. This level describes the need for interpersonal relationships and acceptance by

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