Tuesday, 17 June 2014

climb, climb, climb!

Maslow's hierarchy of needs


Shelley said...

Gosh, it's been years since I looked at this. I'd not realised that 'safety' includes security of employment, which many lost during the recession. Nor did I realise that lack of prejudice was included in that top bit. I was just taking some of those morality quizzes the other day, planning to spend today in my sewing room, accepting the fact of how much tax I have to pay. I feel really fortunate to have reached the top of that hill (except I didn't sleep very well last night). You have the gift of thought-provoking posts with few words, we must be polar opposites!

Yuko Jones said...

I love the way creativity is above self-esteem and confidence. I've learned over the past several month that I can't be truly creative unless I'm true to myself and also feel confident about it :)

Gam Kau said...

Yuko, I like it too. It's hard to move upwards without establishing a firm foundation of esteem - both for oneself and for others.

Gam Kau said...

Shelley, I can't say I enjoy paying taxes, but I am resigned to the idea. Since there is no choice I put it out of my mind.


I just post things that I enjoy (as off site storage for my brain). I suppose most of my thoughts aren't so well assembled so I don't bother to write much. Perhaps I should make an effort as it would probably help provide clarity of thought!

In any case, my thoughts about Maslow's hierarchy is that most of us in 1rst world cultures get mired at the Safety level and struggle with the Love and Esteem levels. We focus on material goods/property/resources and equate them with Safety (security). We also use those same things to attract love/friendship and gain respect. When we focus only on material things we struggle to self actualise. I think less materialistic cultures maybe don't equate security with things and are able to move up the pyramid.