Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs | Simply Psychology
When a deficit need has been 'more or less' satisfied it will go away, and our activities become habitually directed towards meeting the
next set of needs that we have yet to satisfy. These then become our salient needs. However, growth needs continue to be felt and may
even become stronger once they have been engaged.
Growth needs do not stem from a lack of something, but rather from a desire to grow as a person. Once these
growth needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-
Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization.
Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by a failure to meet lower level needs. Life experiences, including
divorce and loss of a job, may cause an individual to fluctuate between levels of the hierarchy.
Therefore, not everyone will move through the hierarchy in a uni-directional manner but may move back
and forth between the different types of needs.
The original hierarchy of needs five-stage model includes:
Maslow (1943, 1954) stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some needs take precedence over others.