How To Increase Your Work and Life Satisfaction: Put Abraham Maslow Theory Into Practice
Using Abraham Maslow theory is a recognised way to help you understand your needs and how to meet them. In the time it takes you to drink your skinny latte, this article shows you how.
Abraham Maslow hierarchy of needs are shown in the diagram. At
the base are Physiological and Safety needs, which can be grouped
together as indicating things we HAVE to have before we can focus
on anything else. Our Belonging and Self Esteem needs indicate what
we need to DO before we feel free to begin to BE the kind of person
we can be. We strive to reach our full potential and meet our Self
Actualization needs, unencumbered by material and social needs.
The link to Frederick Herzberg's two factor theory are also shown in the diagram. Having and Doing needs are usually Hygiene Factors, that is, if they are not met they will cause dissatisfaction, and Being needs are Motivators, guaranteeing satisfaction.
Our values, simply, are an expression of our needs. Putting Maslow's theory into practice, gives you the opportunity to discover where you are on the level of needs diagram. One thing you will discover is that you are unlikely to find that you're living totally at one level of need.
Values change as we get older. What matters at 20 or 30 may be radically different at 50 or 60. It also follows that at certain periods of your life, you may revert to a lower level of need, for example being made redundant or losing your spouse. Meeting lower levels of need must not be seen as a backward step, more like a re-adjustment and not a cause for concern.
Ask yourself the question
Further resources - article on Authentic Happiness and Signature Strengths.
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