Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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According to Maslow, motivation affects the complete person and is related to an individual’s needs (Feist & Roberts, 2013). He made five basic assumptions regarding motivation. To begin, motivation is holistic meaning it involves the whole person (Feist & Roberts, 2013). It is not just one single function that is motivated but instead the entire being. Second is that motivation is complex and often comes from several separate motives (Feist & Roberts, 2013). The third assumption is that people are continually motivated by one or more separate needs (Feist & Roberts, 2013). The fourth assumption is that all people everywhere are motivated by the basic needs for friendship, safety and survival (Feist & Roberts, 2013). The fifth and final assumption is that needs can be arranged on a hierarchy in which Maslow’s assumptions point to and support (Feist & Roberts, 2013). This hierarchy of basic needs consists, in this order, of physiological needs, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization (Feist & Roberts, 2013). The Bible speaks about motivation and the way in which the motivation of believers should come from God not things of this world (Psalm 73:25, New Living Translation). In this world, people are motivated by self, however the Bible teaches that we are not to be centered on self, but instead surrender our lives and follow Jesus by serving and loving others (Matthew 23:11-12). Our lives should be motivated by the life of Jesus and His love for people. Using our lives to glorify God in all we do should motivate us to accomplish His will as we live surrendered lives to glorify Him. The life of the apostle Paul serves as one in which we witness an individual who is motivated to endure for the cause of Christ even in the worst of suffering (2 Corinthians 11:23-28, New Living Translation). Paul was not motivated by fame or money, but instead

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