Hierarchy

Abraham Maslow's idea of a hierarchy of needs is sometimes criticised as being too much based on an individualistic view of the human person; it can, however, be a useful mechanism for engagement with the concept of human need. His hierarchy of need describes, in the layers of a pyramid, an ascending order of human needs with the most basic need, physiological, at the bottom rising through safety, love/belonging, to esteem and finally to self-realisation as the top layer in a schematic attempt to understand the relationship of different kinds of needs.
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