Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maslow and The Hierarchy of Needs

Have you ever seen the pyramid developed by Abraham Maslow in which he placed 5 levels of motivation? (Later 3 more levels were added.) That pyramid has influenced every class of teachers, counselors, nurses, and government agencies ever since the Sixties. Late in life Maslow added three additional levels.

The position stated by Maslow and his students was simple. "It is not possible to motivate people to achieve the higher levels if the lower level needs are unmet. This idea has dominated the ways we think about and act to educate, assist people and do church. It is why schools spend so much time on self esteem, feeding kids and offering all kinds of programs to meet their basic needs.

Is that a good idea?

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