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Maslow revisited

Maslow’s pyramid of motives is a famous model for explaining human behaviour. Maslow proposed a hierarchy of needs, with those at the bottom taking precedence over those higher up. Hunger is our first priority, followed by safety, affection and finaly self-realisation. This well known model has now received a much needed overhaul, based on modern integration of ideas from neuroscience, developmental biology, and evolutionary psychology.

A team of psychologists led by Douglas Kenrick, an ASU professor of psychology and lead author of the paper, “Renovating the pyramid of needs: Contemporary extensions built upon ancient foundations.”, have updated this cornerstone of modern psychology.

Douglas Kenrick writes that modern science suggests that Maslow had a few things wrong. One of his mistakes was to ignore our needs of reproduction while in fact reproduction is often a primary motive behind most things that we do. Our “higher creative needs” are not completely personal strivings, unconnected from other people, and totally divorced from biological needs. They are usualy linked to gaining status and acquiring mates. Another important ommission are parental motivations that were completely missing from Maslows hierarchy.

The new pyramid of motives have overlapping goals which is a more accurate description of our behaviour. One motive doesn´t really completely replace another more base motive. We can experience many needs at the same time.

You can read the full article here.


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