Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs identifies a range of core needs and desires that can have a motivating effect on an individual’s behavior and sense of self. This concept of human motivation can then provide a map for understanding a person’s current state, as well as determining what else may be needed or desired for future growth. Needs progress from the most basic and instinctual impulses to a sense of personal integration and even spiritual transcendence. This hierarchical view of motivation takes a holistic and dynamic approach to understanding human nature in that it incorporates the body, the mind, and social influences.

Historical Context

Maslow first published his concept of human motivation in 1943 to fill what he felt was a significant gap in the current theoretical ...

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