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  • Motivation Mind Twister

    Originally posted by Dantheman 10-24-2008, 01:20 PM

    I was recently re-acquainted once again, to “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” at a training seminar. As I was working through an assignment and I began to relate this to the T-Tappers and asked myself these questions. Try and answer these for yourself.

    When and at what level of the pyramid did I first recognize that I wanted to improve my Fitness and Health?

    What motivated me to act on this?

    What kinds of things had I in place before I could move to achieve this goal?

    For me, What level of the pyramid does Fitness and Health reside in TODAY?

    What if anything did you learn from this exercise?

    Good LUCK!

    Abraham Maslow (1954) attempted to synthesize a large body of research related to human motivation. Prior to Maslow, researchers generally focused separately on such factors as biology, achievement, or power to explain what energizes, directs, and sustains human behavior. Maslow posited a hierarchy of human needs based on two groupings: deficiency needs and growth needs. Within the deficiency needs, each lower need must be met before moving to the next higher level. Once each of these needs has been satisfied, if at some future time a deficiency is detected, the individual will act to remove the deficiency. The first four levels are:

    [u]Pyramid levels from the Bottom to the Top</u>

    1) Physiological: hunger, thirst, bodily comforts, etc.;
    2) Safety/security: out of danger;
    3) Belonginess and Love: affiliate with others, be accepted; and
    4) Esteem: to achieve, be competent, gain approval and recognition.

    According to Maslow, an individual is ready to act upon the growth needs if and only if the deficiency needs are met. Maslow's initial conceptualization included only one growth need--self-actualization. Self-actualized people are characterized by: 1) being problem-focused; 2) incorporating an ongoing freshness of appreciation of life; 3) a concern about personal growth; and 4) the ability to have peak experiences. Maslow later differentiated the growth need of self-actualization, specifically naming two lower-level growth needs prior to general level of self-actualization (Maslow & Lowery, 1998) and one beyond that level (Maslow, 1971).
    They are:
    5) Cognitive: to know, to understand, and explore;
    6) Aesthetic: symmetry, order, and beauty;
    7) Self-actualization: to find self-fulfillment and realize one's potential; and
    8) Self-transcendence: to connect to something beyond the ego or to help others find self-fulfillment and realize their potential.