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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

on Thu May 24, 2018 9:57 pm
One of the most popular discussions of human needs is that proposed in 1943 by developmental psychologist Abraham Maslow. In his “theory of human motivation” Maslow was among the first psychologists to suggest that human action is driven in large part by a need to feel self-actualized, that is, to feel as if we are maximizing our potential as individual humans. Such an approach was part of an emerging positive psychology movement that argued that humans are intrinsically motivated beings (they could be generally happy and satisfied without external gratification) but only after satisfying a number of basic psychological needs, including:

  • Physiological needs, such as eating, sleeping, and procreation
  • Safety needs, such as having employment and shelter in order to ensure that their physiological needs are met on a consistent basis
  • Longing and belonging needs, such as having healthy friendships and family connections
  • Esteem needs, such as a sense of confidence and accomplishment as well as the respect of others
  • Self-actualization needs, which represent the highest levels of human motivation such as creativity and spontaneity


Pick an online tool. Where do you see it fitting in to the hierarchy in it's most basic form? What level need does it address? Do you think that the tool can be used to address other, higher level needs as well? How?

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We all need to belong somewhere..

on Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:48 pm
“All people in our society (with a few pathological exceptions) have a need or desire for a stable, firmly based, (usually) high evaluation of themselves, for self respect, or self-esteem, and for the esteem of others.” ( Maslow, 10 )

I took an introduction to education course, where we went in depth about the primal need of being wanted or needed in humans. As long as one had what they needed physically and emotionally then they were okay. Maslow's Hierarchy of needs ; food, water, safety, human connection, confidence and creativity were and still are the basic human needs that our ancestors and we today need to live a happy and healthy life. Our environment has drastically changed from what our ancestors lived through, our lives have become very digitized and technology based.

One of the needs I think is one of the more important ones is the third one  “Longing and belonging needs, such as having healthy friendships and family connections”. Because we all want to fit in and belong to a group. The webtool that would perfectly fit this need would be youtube; because youtube is a community for people to interact with each other through video. There have been youtube creators that have built empires out of their own channel and have a strong following of people that share the same interest. Users are allowed to comment and like and dislike videos, they could also share videos with other people which then allows the video to sometimes go viral.

We are all looking for a community, a group of people that share the same ideas as we do and to learn from each other. That’s  why I think YouTube is a tool that fits perfectly into that category of human need. It also fits perfectly into the self esteem, confidence/ accomplishment need because of the success and popularity that one could receive from partnering up with YouTube.
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