I was reading about human needs in ITBM (Introduction to Business Management) and the following tickled my brain...Have a read, quite interesting.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow's (1943, 1954) hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid.
The originalfive-stage model includes:
The expanded hierarchy of needs:
It is important to note that Maslow's (1943, 1954) five stage model has been expanded to include cognitive and aesthetic needs (Maslow, 1970a) and later transcendence needs (Maslow, 1970b).
Characteristics of self-actualized people
Characteristics of self-actualizers:
Behavior leading to self-actualization:(g) Trying to identify your defenses and having the courage to give them up.
"Although the most basic needs might get the most attention when you don't have them," Diener explains, "you don't need to fulfill them in order to get benefits [from the others]." Even when we are hungry, for instance, we can be happy with our friends. "They're like vitamins," Diener says about how the needs work independently. "We need them all."