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What is Maslow's theory of motivation?

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racheld11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM via web

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What is Maslow's theory of motivation?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Maslow’s theory of motivation is to rank needs in order of immediacy.

Maslow’s theory of motivation is known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  Basically, it ranks needs according to importance for human beings.  It is usually represented as a pyramid.  Needs at the base of the pyramid are important physiological needs humans need to survive.  These include oxygen, water, food, and health.  As the needs move up the period, they get less physical and more metaphysical.  We move from biological needs to safety, belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization.  Self-actualization is the concept of becoming our best self.


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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | TA | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2014 at 5:12 AM (Answer #2)

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His theory of Motivation was the Hierarchy of needs"

Physiological = satisfying hunger and thirst


Need to feel that we belong

Esteem needs= we are good, we can achieve, recognition

Self-Actualization= to live up to our full potential; succeeded

Self-transcendence= find meaning beyond ourselves; perfection

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