Maslow figured it all out
Remember his hierarchy of needs?
1. Biological and Physiological needs – air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc.
2. Safety needs – protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, etc.
3. Love and belongingness needs – friendship, intimacy, affection and love, – from work group, family, friends, romantic relationships.
4. Esteem needs – self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, managerial responsibility, etc.
5. Cognitive needs – knowledge, meaning, etc.
6. Aesthetic needs – appreciation and search for beauty, balance, form, etc.
7. Self-Actualization needs – realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.
8. Transcendence needs – helping others to achieve self actualization.
As we put our best efforts into turning out a novel this month, we find ourselves floating among the upper levels of Maslow’s hierarchy. We’re creating art, thinking and writing with meaning, relating to others, working toward our potential and maybe even helping others at the same time. Doesn’t get much loftier than that. But, in the circumstances, all this brushing with self-actualization can pull your focus away from the most basic needs.
Eat your vegetables. Take a walk. Get to bed at a decent hour.
Be kind to yourself. Allow others to be kind to you. Return the favor.
Write like the wind!
And remember to back-up daily!
Standard: 20,0004 (40%)
McLeod, S. (2007, January 1). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. (Retrieved November 12, 2014)