maslow's hierarchy of needs It's Abraham Maslow's birthday (4/1). Happy Birthday, Maslow! It's as good a time as any to review Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Picture it as a big, pyramidal birthday cake, if that helps you get them understood. Here's Wikipedia's quick summary:

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization" and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.

Which is probably more than you need to know to breeze through a question on the social work licensing exam. You might find a question about prioritizing treatment by following Maslow. For Maslow, it's not "safety first"--physiological needs are more crucial still. Food, shelter. Just like life.

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April 1, 2015
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