Maslow's hierarchy of needs
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Motivational Pyramid

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a psychological theory that features a pyramid of 5 layers. Each layer depicts a human need. I find it motivational to study and helpful in my life.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

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I moved to LA to pursue acting, and the first step in that for me was getting settled, so that I had my feet solidly on the ground before I started running.

I’ve been in LA for about two months now…which seems so weird to say, it feels like a much shorter time than that!  Yesterday, I was talking with my friend Eliza about getting settled (she’s just recently made a big move too), and we were discussing the pressure we put on ourselves to have everything perfect.  

Everyone keeps telling me that I have the rest of my life to do what I want, and not to be worried that it’s not here right now.  When we were talking she mentioned Maslow’s Pyramid  which reflects Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  It really put things into perspective.  

How is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid broken down?

The pyramid is broken down into 5 categories:

  • physiological needs
  • Safety needs
  • love and belonging
  • esteem
  • self-actualization

In the picture, largest most fundamental levels of need are at the bottom of the pyramid, and it works it’s way up to lesser needs.  

I looked at the pyramid and I have to say that I agree with it.  And it definitely takes a load of worry off my mind, to focus on taking each level of the pyramid step by step.  

We can’t be perfect, even though sometimes we really want to be, but we can live our lives in the best way possible.  

Hopefully this pyramid will help you put things into perspective, like it has for me!  It’s nice to think about working through things step by step, and not having to tackle the whole world at once!

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