Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

What it is...

The Hierarchy of Needs is a theory proposed by Abraham Maslow to better explain what motivates people. His theory is organized into the shape of a pyramid. The more important, basic needs of humans are located at the base, whereas when you ascend higher on levels, they become less important and harder to obtain.
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Biological and Physical Needs

The basic needs that are essential to life.


  • Food
  • Water
  • Air
  • Shelter


Protection from other people and the elements. When people feel safe, it allows for them to be comfortable in their environment.
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Love and Belonging

To be part of a group.


  • Family
  • Friends
  • Romantic relationships


The respect you get from yourself and others.
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The need for personal growth and discovery.


  • Self-love
  • Sense of humor
  • Creativity