Saturday, November 14, 2015

Conceptually BRIDGING MASLOW's Hierarchy of [ HUMAN ] Needs to HUMAN BIOLOGY

Conceptually BRIDGING MASLOW's Hierarchy of [ HUMAN ] Needs to HUMAN BIOLOGY

While Maslow's hierarchy does seem to map fairly directly to human biology, and, while he seems to be on the right track logically, still, yet, socially, his phraseology leaves much to be desired.  

Below, is a simplified map/matrix to relate HUMAN BIOLOGY with MASLOW's TERMS from "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs". While the tripartite brain model is correctly criticized as simplistic and nonreflective of the vastly detailed current understanding of the physiological, neurological, bio-chemical, neurochemical, and energetic complexities of human biology, it serves the present purposes, here, as described, above.  The COMPLEMENTARY CATEGORIZATION / ELABORATION serve simply to connect conceptually to MASLOW's TERMS and to bridge them to HUMAN BIOLOGY.

Allowing for generational & cultural learning & evolution which has occurred, to some degree, since the time of Maslow's writings in the 1940's & 1950's, we, now, must evolve his (& our) phraseology accordingly to not be so cold, sharp, abrupt, and dismissive of the essential spiritual humanity of the victims of previous society which had to struggle in its development prior to the availability of the benefit of the genius of Master Maslow and his benificent works he has so ungraciously bestowed upon planet Earth and its inhabitants. Sincerely.

How he could have read the exemplars he cited and extracted only the components he required to support his logical construct while leaving behind the grand universal human spirit and love of humanity each so boldly wore on their sleeves challenges comprehension.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review.[2] Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization", and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. 
Maslow studied what he called exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass rather than mentally ill or neurotic people, writing that "the study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy."[3] Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population.[4] 
Maslow's theory was fully expressed in his 1954 book Motivation and Personality.[5] The hierarchy remains a very popular framework in sociology research, management training[6] and secondary and higher psychology instruction.
(Wikipedia, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, 111415)

It might occur to one, upon speculation, also considering the traumatic early-Twentieth Century time period during which Maslow was born, raised, lived, and worked, that this may well have induced a sort of compassion burnout or self-protective compassion shield which de-emphasizes the natural emotions from deeply & keenly observing so much human experience, especially during that time.

While one can only speculate as to Maslow's motivations, internally, we know, externally, he shared deep expressions for a better framework for understanding of humanity, by humanity, and for humanity.

We also know we can do better.  We owe it to Maslow and to ourselves to develop and share the best of humanity, by humanity, and for humanity.