Personality and Personal Growth: Maslow's Needs
When it comes to your personality type and creating a personal development plan, understanding the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is important because it plays an important role in creating your goals and accomplishing them. When you are working on your personal development plan, you have to incorporate these needs in with each goal as they relate to your personality type. This ensures that you are fulfilled and getting what you need from each of your goals. There are five levels of needs that you want to understand the basics of.
When you are looking at the Hierarchy, you will see that it is in the form of a triangle. The bottom slot is the most basic needs that everyone needs and then it goes up from there. So, you want to make sure that you are tackling the needs on the bottom first and then working your way up.
These are the most basic needs that every person has and they are critical for your ability to survive. These include needs like water, food, air and sleep. You can see how these are important for personal development because without them nothing else matters. These are instinctive needs, according to Maslow. Until you complete these needs, everything else is secondary and will be pushed off to the side. Maslow also believed that sexual reproduction is among the various physiological needs that a person needs to satisfy.
You have to feel secure and safe in life or else you are not able to focus on other parts of your life. While they are not as critical as the various physiological needs, they are a close second because when people do not feel safe, they put their focus on the danger that they see coming. This needs also puts emphasis on being able to create order and control in your life. It includes things like having a safe and stable home, physical safety, financial security and stable health. These needs give you a number of goals that you can work on for your development.
Humans are social creatures by nature, so socialization is a critical needs in your life. If you are working on a personal development plan for improving your relationships, addressing this need is of the utmost importance. When you are looking at your social needs, you have to look at all of your relationships, including your romantic endeavors, your friendships and the connection you have to your family. Things like your involvement in your community, social organizations and religious groups will also play a role in fulfilling your social needs.
This needs becomes very important after you have satisfied the three needs above. Humans naturally concern themselves with self-esteem, social recognition, personal worth and accomplishment. People want others to appreciate and respect them for the things that they do. When it comes to your personal development plan, this is where you are going to focus on things like career and education. You also want to consider your hobbies when it comes to this need.
When people improve their self-esteem and they start to gain acceptance, they naturally start to become more confident. Those who do not accomplish this need are at risk for experiencing feeling inferior or feeling like they are a failure, so it is important to address this need.
Maslow states that not everyone is capable of achieving this level of the Hierarchy. You can achieve it if you put forth the effort necessary to do so. Once you reach this level, you are concerned with your personal growth, interested in fulfilling your potential, you are self-aware and you do not care much about the opinions that other people have. This makes you far more confident and capable of being yourself and not giving into the various societal pressures.
Now you have a better idea about what Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is and what you need to do to ensure that you can work it into your personal development plan. You can also see how your personality type plays into your needs and which ones are most critical to you. Make sure that when you are setting your goals, you are keeping these needs in mind because it ensures that your goals are more realistic and that they are something that will benefit you. It also helps to make sure that you can create better plans to accomplishing them.
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