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Needs Pyramid of Maslow and Amateur Culture

Needs Pyramid of Maslow and Amateur Culture

Amateur Culture in Maslow Needs

Maslow’s Pyramid shows Hierarchy of Needs is worth to examine and discuss by amateur culture, even it has a lot of criticism and weaknesses. He studied on the motivation of human behaviour. At the beginning, reminding the theory briefly would be useful. For Abraham Maslow, people are motivated to achieve certain needs and some of needs rank in priority than others. Maslow has described his Hierarchy of Needs with a pyramid scheme. Still, the order of needs can be flexible depend on external circumstances or individual reasons.

Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid

As we progress up the pyramid, needs become increasingly psychological and social. The concepts would be more abstract and vary person to person. In the pyramid physiological, security, social, and esteem needs are deficiency needs, which come out from deprivation. Satisfying these needs help us to avoid unpleasant feelings and situations. Maslow termed the highest level of the pyramid as growth needs. These needs stem from a desire for personal growth instead of a lack of something. When a deficit need has been satisfied in some degree, then our activities direct towards meeting the next ones, as our salient needs.

However, growth needs continue and may even become stronger; a limited engagement will not restrain them, as a bronco. (not advertisement of Ford, mean wild horse 🙂 )

            At the basement, physiological needs covers nutrition, breathing, accommodation, reproduction, clothing and convenient temperature etc. As we move up to the second floor of Maslow’s pyramid, the concepts of safety and security make ground in terms of health and finance. At the third level, social communication motivates the behaviours. The discussions turn around love, family, friends, religion etc. Then it is fourth floor, self-esteem and the desire of reputation or respect from others consists of the needs to be satisfied. Eventually, reached the roof top means self-actualization of person by doing her/his best.

Amateur Cultural Needs

Possibly, it attract your attention that by climbing up on the pyramid, the concepts become well relative and disputable, impossible to meet fully. 🙁 In respect of amateur culture, we will focus on fourth and fifth floors. For Maslow, these top levels include cognitive, aesthetic and transcendence needs. In self-actualization, a person seeks a meaning for her/his life. Of course, it varies for each individual. Some complement oneself by artistic way, others by sports and some by science or business. People have a need to do good for the environment by accomplishing things and then to be acclaimed.

We have professions in business hours to meet vital and material needs. In general, these do not contribute us mentally and psychologically, even may harm us. Professions are necessities to make money and supply the needs of our family. These are means, not ultimate aims.

Satify Top Level Amateur Needs

To actualise ourselves we should elude from necessities, at least for a while. To be refreshed, allocate time for yourself by taking up an amateur pursuit. Aesthetic and cognitive needs lead us to amateur fields. Discover amateur culture by participating any classes or groups. Almost all has a chip on her/his shoulder about something. There is no time like the present to start an amateur initiative.

We should respect our top-level needs, to be completed. Throughout the human history, influential persona grata like Aristotle, Boethius, Omar Khayyam, Pythagoras are versatile, possibly to satisfy their transcendence needs. Thus and so they become unique.

Play harp, write in a fanzine, paint the walls, ride a horse or just listen and croon in the shower by feeling the inner peace, do not hesitate, it is tax free. 🙂

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For more about Maslow Pyramid of Needs you can read:

The 5 Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs by Kendra Cherry,  https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-maslows-hierarchy-of-needs-4136760