The lower level needs are more physical in nature like water, food, and sleep, etc. When our lower-level needs are met, we proceed to accomplish our next level of needs. As we slowly proceed towards the top of the pyramid, our needs tend to become more psychological like love, intimacy, and self-esteem.
The low-level needs are more instinctive and much stronger motivators, as they arise to lack of specific needs. While the high-level needs are more desires for growth and achievement.
Maslow’s strongly believed in the continuity of the process of self-development of a person, to ensure that they achieve what they indeed are capable of. However, he also recognized that for some people, the natural progression of needs would be different from the others; like for some people self-esteem might be more important than friendship.
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has 5 levels, and these levels are:
- Physiological Needs
- Safety Needs
- Belongingness and Love Needs
- Esteem Needs
- Self-Actualization Needs