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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
which he subsequently extended to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity.
*Maslow studied exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass rather than mentally ill or neurotic
*writing that "the study of crippled, stunted, immature, and
unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple
*^ ^Maslow also studied the healthiest one percent of the college student population. In his book, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature,
*"By ordinary standards of laboratory research...this
simply was not research at all. My generalizations grew out of my
selection of certain kinds of people".*
*Obviously, other judges are
So, am I to surmize, you disagree with his conclusion? Are the conclusion invalid because the methods used to reach them are invalid, or did further research show his conclusion (hypothysis) to be correct?
A Google search on the subject will yield several simple, yet fairly detailed and accurate explanations of the model. For example:
Beyond that, if you have specific questions, I'd be happy to try to respond to them (my masters thesis was on motivation and behavior in a business management context, and some of my more recent work has included derivatives of the model).
Very simplified - Maslow theorized that we all have needs - basic and beyond basic. Before you can think about things like creativity or cultural development or emotional development, you have to have the basic such as food and shelter met. Once the lowest level of needs are met then you think about your next level of needs.
In business terms - if your employees don't earn enough money to pay their rent and grocery bills you won't be getting a lot of quality work from them. They simply don't have the energy to give because all their resources are still focused on meeting basic needs.