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Discuss Maslow’s concept of conative, aesthetic, cognitive, and neurotic needs

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According to humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, all individuals strive to become self-actualized, or reach their fullest potential; however, in order to do so, a series of needs must first be satisfied.  These needs are arranged in a hierarchy beginning with physiological needs and ending with self-actualization.  The needs of each level on the hierarchy cannot be addressed until the needs beneath them have been met.  These basic and universal needs are referred to as conative needs , which means that they have a striving or motivational nature.  They include (in order) physiological needs, safety needs, love and belongingness needs, esteem needs, and...

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