posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 03:22 PM
This is the pyramid - Physiological is the base, self-actualization is the summit. According to Maslow, the population is 'layered' into these
specific needs. Hopefully, as people develop, they move up through the hierarchy. Maslow believed that the well-developed person will climb the
pyramid as they satisfy their more basic needs. The pyramid - unfortunately - reflects society as a whole. When you mention people who say ' don't
give me the job' , they are likely hovering in one of the lower levels. They feel that something is better than the possibility of losing everything.
Welfare isn't great, but it does provide basic needs. These are people who haven't developed a sense of self- esteem to be willing to wager. These
are the victims of learned helplessness.
Self Actualization Needs (full potential)
These are the people who are comfortable with themselves, confident
in their abilities, and willing to take risks with an eye for the reward.
Ego Needs (self respect, personal worth, autonomy)
These are the people we see around us every day - hopefully! They
self-sufficient. They can provide for their own housing, pay their own
bills, have generally rewarding jobs. They often are in stable, long-term
relationships or are content with the level of human support they have
Social Needs (love, friendship, comradeship)
These are the people who have satisfied the most basic of needs and
have developed skills in creating a social circle of friends or a peer
group. One can argue that the AA program and others like it are focused
in helping their clients develop this level of self-actualization
Security Needs (protection from danger)
People who have mastered this level are those who do not face
imminent death all the time. They are secure enough that they are not
worried about where they will sleep tonight or if they are going to
eat today. They are the ones who don't have to fear being robbed or
attacked while they sleep.
Physiological Needs (warmth, shelter, food)
The homeless are people who are grappling with this problem. These are
people whose entire life consists of the most elemental tasks that need
to be developed simply to survive. They cannot be bothered with
anything else beyond the concern of survival at the most basic level.
I can see personnel managers using this as some sort of filtering tool. How it's really appropriate, I'm still not sure.....