A Firm Idea of One's Self

A Firm Idea of One's Self

  • Submitted By: cornae5
  • Date Submitted: 10/23/2008 11:35 AM
  • Category: Psychology
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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 that would lead you to support BOTH statements, and use materials from the chapter for SUPPORT of your answer.

Abraham Maslow's statement suggesting that "a person who is lacking food, love, and self-esteem would most likely hunger for more food more strongly than else" basically is insinuating that deficiency needs must be met first. Maslow states that needs are arranged in a hierarchy in terms of their potency. Although all needs are instinctive, some are more powerful than others. The lower the need is in the pyramid, the more powerful it is. The higher the need is in the pyramid, the weaker and more distinctly human it is. The lower, or basic, needs on the pyramid are similar to those possessed by non-human animals, but only humans possess the higher needs Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology which he subsequently extended to include his observations and humans' innate curiosity. Once these needs are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth. Maslow's theory suggests that only if our physiological needs, such as food and water, are met then we are prompted to meet additional needs. However, this theory can be challenged depending on the person and his or her situation and the order of such needs is not universally fixed. People have starved themselves to make statements. If an individual is mentally or physically ill or overwhelmed with the stress, the last thing on their minds is eating. As well some may tend to overeat, using food as an "outlet."

Consider that millions of people in impoverished countries around the world are faced with not being able to enjoy a meal on a day to day...

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