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Where are you on Maslow's hierarchy of needs?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25804 points ) January 13th, 2013

Flawed though it may be, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (Wikipedia article) provides a simple picture of a human’s developmental necessities. It describes the most basic of physiological functions to the highest forms of self-expression.

Where do you fall on the hierarchy? I assume that humans with access to the Internet are not going to be simply subsisting. They are going to be flourishing in one way or another, so we’re not likely to get people here who lie in the first category.

Are you at differing levels for different areas of your life? I think it’s quite possible to be highly creative, which rises to the top, but still have difficulty forming friendships, which is on another level.

What words on the hierarchy jump out at you? Personally, I am struck by “sexual intimacy.” It’s easy to find sex for many, but finding fulfilling intimacy can be elusive.

I could place myself almost anywhere along the spectrum, but I think a good average would be the level of esteem. I look outside my own being for much acknowledgement. I often long for external reinforcement.

What about you?

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