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Jenna Lavallee Educational Psychology- Professor Kohler Discussion Section #13 19 April 2011 Seminar Paper #2- Maslow’s Hierarchical Theory Abraham Maslow created a theory of human needs reflected in a hierarchy. Maslow believed that there are five basic needs for all humans in life. He created a hierarchy starting with physiological needs, then safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and finally the need for self-actualization. Maslow’s model could be modified to be more sufficient and for the ultimate need for self-actualization to be obtainable for more humans through motivation. Maslow’s hierarchical theory of human needs should be modified to better represent human achievement and motivation. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a rigid pyramid comprised of deficiency needs and growth needs. Maslow stated that the only way to reach the next level in the hierarchy was the fulfillment of the prior need. A modification that needs to be made to this aspect of the hierarchy is that an individual should be able to surpass a need in order to engage in self-actualization. Considering who Maslow believed to be self-actualized, it is contradictory of him to state that
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course PSYCH 305 taught by Professor Jennings during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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