34/100 things no one told me. It’s a lot harder to “be yourself,” than simply being yourself. This is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory in psychology comprising a model of human needs. Maslow, a psychologist, stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some needs take precedence over others.
The most basic need is for physical survival. This will motivate us before all else. This is needs like food, shelter, clothing, sleep, water and sex. Once those needs are addressed, we move up, and so on. Safety is physical and financial security. Love and belonging is exactly that; Humans need to love and be loved. Esteem is affirmation, recognition, status and respect from others.
At the very top is self-actualization. “Being yourself.” This level of need refers to what our full potential is and the realization of it. The desire to accomplish everything we can, to become the most that we can be.
It makes sense to me. If I’m worried about money, it makes it difficult to take the risks needed to be successful. If I don’t feel loved, I won’t have the self esteem necessary to look inward and address some of the things about myself I’d like to change.
I think this theory is rooted in the belief that everyone is fundamentally good. Self-actualization represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of their true self. “I think of the self-actualizing man not as an ordinary man with something added, but rather as the ordinary man with nothing taken away.” But what if someone’s true self is rotten? Is that possible, or is all the baggage, shame and fear what keeps us from being “good”? As part of #the100dayproject, I’m doing #100thingsnoonetoldme as daily drawings. Tell me something you had to learn on your own, and I’ll add it to my list!
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