A hungry man is more interested…

“A hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.”

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

A human need is something that is essential to survive and to survive in a decent, happy and fulfilling manner. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often represented as a pyramid, with the lowest or most fundamental needs at the bottom. He distinguished 5 types of needs:

  1. Physiological needs such as food, water and sleep
  2. Safety needs such as security of the body, health and property
  3. Social needs such as friendship, family, belonging and identity
  4. Esteem needs such as recognition, self-esteem, confidence, justice and respect
  5. Growth or self-actualization needs such as creativity, problem solving, art, beauty, personal fulfilment and freedom.

The assumption of the hierarchy is that the lower needs have to be met first, and are preconditions for the realization of the higher needs, although a temporary insufficiency in the lower levels will not undo the aspirations of the higher levels. For example, a surgeon who normally has no problem satisfying his or her physiological or safety needs, and instead focuses on recognition, may be forced to concentrate temporally on his or her health without sacrificing the overriding importance of recognition.

Conversely, someone who normally has problems satisfying lower level needs, will not find the resources necessary to focus on higher level needs.


3 thoughts on “A hungry man is more interested…

  1. FreeBird says:

    Very well said, explained and shared. From one level to next, the branching has its own merits and De-merits. Some can grow going from one level to another while few may suffer due to inadequacy to understanding and lack of open thoughts. I do feel it is important for one to be able to see the bigger picture to understand things of what can fulfill the hunger – whether it is food, clothes, physical desire, one needs to know the self level of achievement.
    Good to read it 🙂 – Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Otrazhenie says:

      Very good points, FreeBird. In my experience, lots of people do not know themselves well and therefore are often struggling with controlling conflicting desires, finding the inner balance and happiness. Maslow’s hierarchy, of course, should not be taken ‘literary’ – it is only a concept/perspective, that allows us to understand ourselves better, including our unconscious biologically-wired drives.

      • FreeBird says:

        You sound like my once upon a biology teacher who had her own beautiful way of explaining things 🙂 and I wonder you remind me of her now 🙂 with your very kind explanation. 😉

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