Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

  • Maslow believed that our behaviour is driven by needs and that needs are pursued through a hierarchy.
  • Pursuit of higher-level needs take place only once lower level needs are being met.
  • Maslow’s Pyramid presents the full picture of the level of growth, indicating the human needs on one side and mindset perspective on the other.

Abraham Maslow

“Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.”

Abraham Maslow

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For the purpose of Brain Mastery Coaching, in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I have incorporated the mindset perspective, that corresponds to impulsive, dependent, independent and interdependent approach to one’s life. That approach was initially introduced by Sir John Whitmore in his book “Coaching for Performance”. What it means is, that the higher you are in your mental growth the more independent you become. When you are in the independent mindset, you demand higher standards from yourselves and look to your own criteria of performance and satisfaction of life.

The highest needs in Maslow’s pyramid, that emerges from both esteems needed (respect from others and belief in oneself) and ‘cognition & consciousness’ being met, pictures a self-actualized person. When you are at this stage, you are no longer driven by the need to prove yourself, either to yourself or to anyone else (independent mindset). You are free from external dependency. You are faced to find the meaning and purpose in your life. 

At the level of self-actualization, you reach the stage of the interdependent mindset. At this level of growth, you are highly aware, conscious and responsible for yourself and others. You look at your work, activities and your existence to define the values that contribute to others. At the interdependent mindset you are considering common contribution, team, family, company or community values. You become a leader that self-actualizes and helps others to grow.