According to (McLeod, 2007) Maslow set out to study what motivates people.
Physiological: These are a person’s basic needs. This includes “air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex and sleep” (McLeod, 2007)
Safety: “Examples of security needs include a desire for steady employment, health care, safe neighborhoods, and shelter from the environment.” (Cherry, 2016)
Love/Belonging: (Cherry, 2016) states that relationships including friendships, romantic attachments, and families help fulfill this need for companionship and acceptance, as does involvement in social, community, or religious groups.
Esteem: This includes “self-esteem, personal worth, social recognition, and accomplishment” (Cherry, 2016). This is important to people as they wish to gain recognition for their achievements.
Self-Actualization: It is very rare for people to get to this stage as you are always trying to better yourself, therefore it is a continuous need. Due to everyone being different this means that motivation to achieve something varies.
- Cherry, K. (2016). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: What Motivates Behavior?. [online] About.com Health. Available at: http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/hierarchyneeds.htm [Accessed 27 Jan. 2016].
- McLeod, S. (2007). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. [online] Simply Psychology. Available at: http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html [Accessed 27 Jan. 2016].