Abraham Maslow suggested that "a person who is lacking food, love, and self-esteem would most likely hunger for food more strongly than anything else." Conversely, the novelist Dostoyevski wrote, "without a firm idea of himself and the purpose of his life, man cannot live even if surrounded with bread." Give evidence and specific examples that would lead you to support both statements.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs proposes a pyramid-shaped sequence in which lower-level, the physiological needs, such as hunger and thirst, must first be satisfied before higher-level safety needs and then psychological needs become active. His theory stating that hunger and thirst are more compelling than higher-level needs, such as the need to love or to be respected. Maslow’s sequence of needs is not universal (Myer, 2011), but his hierarchy provides a framework for thinking about motivated behaviors.
A person who lacks food, love and self-esteem would most likely hunger for food the most, simply because it is biological need in order for that person to stay alive. If a person does not eat, they cannot obtain nutrition, and therefore their body will starve and die. It seems to me that the idea at the core of Maslow’s theory is that gratification of the most basic needs releases a person to focus on higher needs. A good example is my life. Growing up, once I lived one day at a time, food and water was enough for me to survive. Then made me think that life is even better if I also live in a safer environment then I worked hard to get a better place and I got it. By being safe, I learned to love myself and to socialize to people and my self-esteem boost up by hearing other people’s success. Looking back I realized that I have a potential to live my life to the fullest, I established my identity.
I believe the point that the novelist Dostoyevski made, "without a firm idea of himself and the purpose of his life, man cannot live even if surrounded with bread", is a motivating...