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Hierarchy of Needs

A theory, proposed by the humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, which classifies human needs into five hierarchical categories:

1. Physiological needs, such as air, food, water
2. Safety: secure employment, home, family
3. Love and belonging: in family and among friends
4. Esteem: confidence, respect for and from others
5. Self-actualization: creativity, problem-solving, morality

Needs which fall towards the top of the hierarchy cannot be met until “lower” needs, such as food, employment, and safety, are fulfilled.

I feel that this resource is a very helpful in-depth look at the hierachy of needs:

Hierarchy of Needs
APA Reference
Fournier, G. (2018). Hierarchy of Needs. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from