Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Essay

1500 Words Jun 27th, 2007 6 Pages
The Study of Maslow Hierarchy of Needs
This essay study is about Maslow's school of thought. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid consisting of five levels. I liked the way he differed from traditional psychologists. For example, he studied happy, high performing people to learn more about what they had in common. Maslow's main contributions to psychology were the founding of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology in 1961. There were many occurrences during his lifetime that may have influenced his perspectives. Motivation is the key to performance improvement; Maslow demonstrated this in his theories of positive reinforcement, effective discipline and punishments, treating people fairly and satisfying employee's
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Maslow himself became a prolific writer, concentrating on his work with regarded to classics in psychology, including his writing of the books "Principles of Abnormal Psychology", in (1955); "Toward a Psychology of Being", in (1962); "Values and Peak Experiences", in (1964); and "The Psychology of Science", in (1969). Maslow many books and articles continue to be instrumental information and an inspiration to which one can return again and again for additional knowledge. Maslow died in 1970 of his third heart attack at the age of 62. Let's turn now to some major themes in Maslow's writings and themes, which came to be known as the Third Force of Psychology. The first two forces were Freudianism and Behaviorism. The term Third Force of Psychology has also been used as a synonym for humanistic psychology. Readers can now begin to know more about the philosopher Maslow and his now famous theory of basic needs, usually portrayed visually as needs layered within a pyramid drawing. (Huitt, 2004)
At the bottom of the pyramid are our physiological needs of rock bottom survival needs for air, water, food, shelter, sleep, and sex. The second layer contains safety and security needs of our need for a sense of security in a predictable world with a relative absence of threat to ourselves. The third layer designates love and belongingness needs to our need for warm, interpersonal sharing, love

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