What is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?
Have you ever been told to focus on feeling good about yourself when you are worried about paying the rent or how you can buy food for yourself ? Maslow’s Hierachy of needs is about what motivates us.
If you look at the base of the pyramid, the first priority is the physiology or the basic human needs of the body- food, water and shelter. Until these needs are taken care of, it is very difficult to focus on self worth or self esteem.
The next layer above physiology is: safety or security- employment, actual apartment or home,health and resources.
Above safety and security is: Love or belonging- friends, family and intimacy.
Above love is: Self esteem- confidence, respect for yourself and others.
The very top is Self-actualization- a fully realized person, strong sense of self, compassionate, good morals.
So what I am saying is that in our society, we often focus on things without taking care of our basic needs first.
This can create anxiety symptoms. Feelings of being disconnected to your self.
If you are not taking care of your basic needs first, you can’t really give your full attention to what’s in front of you. You are easily distracted by your other needs and will have difficulty living up to your full potential.
Looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs gives you a perspective of checking in with your self to make sure you are taking care of your self and to guide you on to the next step to what will motivate you next.
I hope this helps you understand what is Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs and how it might relate to you.
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