maslow’s hierarchy of needs, megalomaniacal blogger edition

Maslow's Hierarchy of Writer's Needs, click for full size

Found via a loopy stagger around and off sulz‘s blog. Cross-posted to running through rain.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is more well-known than well-understood, but now any old Myspace slacker still straight enough to click a quiz without having to close one eye and move his lips while watching YouTube can find out how self-realized s/he may be without all that icky “reading for comprehension” stuff that just slows us down.

The internet moves at the speed of thought. Which explains why it takes this blog so long to load, eh?

Maslow's real hierarchy of civilian needs although who cares about the plebes, eh?

 

Maslow Inventory Results

Physiological Needs (80%) you appear to have a deficiency in your basic needs.
Safety Needs (50%) you appear to have an adequately secure environment.
Love Needs (57%) you appear to be semi-content with the quality of your social connections.
Esteem Needs (37%) you appear to have a high level of personal competence.
Self-Actualization (55%) you appear to have an average level of individual development.

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Monstrously detailed analysis over the jump…as I may be, if it’s not too cold to walk to the Lion’s Gate. Have a happy!

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Detailed Maslow Inventory Test Results

Physiological Needs   |||||||||||||||||| 80%
Safety Needs   |||||||||||| 50%
Love Needs   |||||||||||||| 57%
Esteem Needs   |||||||||| 37%
Self-Actualization   |||||||||||||| 55%

 

Abraham Maslow authored the Hierarchy of Needs theory, stating that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, and that certain lower needs have to be satisfied before higher needs can be attended to. It is debatable that needs fulfillment occurs in as linear a fashion as Maslow presents (or that Maslows needs structure is entirely accurate), but you can decide that for yourself. Also, higher needs tend to be more complex and vague in what qualifies as need satisfaction. The following results are listed in the order Maslow defined.Physiological Needs : you appear to have a deficiency in your basic needs. Maslow speculates that without satisfying basic needs (food, shelter, health) one cannot achieve higher levels of development. This generally makes sense, but the history of starving artists and successful artists who tanked after they became wealthy is important to note.Safety Needs: you appear to have adequate enviromental safety. Maslow speculates that without enviromental stability (security, safety, consistency), you can’t progress to higher levels of development. Neuroscience research would appear to support this, as higher stress contributes to higher cortisol levels, which impair memory and thinking functions. However, low stress can also lead to obesity and cardiac degeneration. The lazier and weaker you become, the more stressful the most minimal tasks and stimuli become.

Love Needs: you appear to be somewhat content with the quality of your social connections. Maslow speculates that discontentment in your connections with others stalls development. Whether the resolution of love needs comes with good relationships and/or learning to be more internally fulfilled is a question Maslow does not answer. But history would suggest many advanced minds had few relationships so this stage would seem to be more about resolving internal perceptions than as a call for measuring/achieving happiness by quality of external relationships.

Esteem Needs: you appear to have a high level of skill competence. Maslow speculates that until you develop a good skill set (talent, trade, expertise that you excel at) you will be unable to develop further as an individual (much less reliably support yourself financially). This could mean being a good musician, painter, doctor, carpenter, etc.. On some level this stage also requires getting over the need to be appreciated for that skill, internally and/or externally. Even if you develop a skill, you still might be hung up on the need to have other people validate you or you might internally doubt yourself. Then again, you might not be appreciated, or appreciate yourself because your skills are still too undeveloped.

Self-Actualization: you appear to have an average level of individual development. Maslow speculates that individual development is the pinnacle of existence, this means pursuing a career/life that really fits who you are and want to be internally (not based on external and societal expectations). The self actualized person is free from superficial concerns and is internally honest.

13 thoughts on “maslow’s hierarchy of needs, megalomaniacal blogger edition

  1. Hello, raincoaster!
    I have done the test and was very dissapointed by the low level of the analisys: the concept is so anglo-saxson (as all these stupid IQ concepts, it takes into consideration only Western value system), very one-sided. I woudl not take the results seriously ;)

  2. Physiological Needs |||||||||| 37%
    Safety Needs |||||| 30%
    Love Needs |||||||||||||||||| 74%
    Esteem Needs |||||||||||| 50%
    Self-Actualization |||||||||| 31%

    i want love, but it’s impossible…

    surely you know which song that line’s taken from?

  3. Maslow Inventory Results Physiological Needs (20%) you appear to have everything you need to survive physically. Safety Needs (37%) you appear to have a very secure environment. Love Needs (24%) you appear to be content with the quality of your social connections. Esteem Needs (54%) you appear to have a medium level of skill competence. Self-Actualization (65%) you appear to have a high level of individual development. Take Free Maslow Inventory Testpersonality tests by similarminds.com

  4. Well yes, being written by a Westerner, it references Western concepts. I would have thought that went without saying? Maslow, however, was anything but Anglo-Saxon: he was Semitic. If you’re that concerned with accurate analysis, you should be more detail-oriented in your comments.
    http://www.humanistsofutah.org/1993/AbrahamMaslowAndSelf-Actualization_12-03.html

    sulz, I’m afraid my musical tastes run more to Bruce Cockburn, U2 and Nine Inch Nails. No idea.

    Adagio, very evolved. One of the links in the post leads to “and now what do we do, once we’ve met our needs” suggestions, and very interesting reading it is. You might be ready to give that a peruse.

  5. Elton John has a lot in common with Paul McCartney; they’re very talented songwriters who get written off because their tastes are so corny. But it doesn’t negate the talent, you’re right.

  6. True enough, and your excuse would be … ?

    Watch my space for further announcements on fat, and we shall see what Metro will do.

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