This is a famous psychology-management conceptual postulate thing. I had heard of this and even made empty, uninformed references to it, but never looked at it until just now.
The idea is that people don’t pursue needs up higher in the pyramid until the ones below are covered — and that movement up and down the hierarchy is fluid.
I totally don’t get it.
The part where, like, a rocket scientist will quit doing rocket science if there’s a zombie apocalypse, I get. It seems like that does not require a postulate at all.
But people will constantly scuttle their basic needs in an attempt to secure higher ones. Ever known someone to do destructive things with food in order to medicate their self-esteem? Ever known someone to forego sleep to the point of hallucination in order to keep a job or get through med school?
The missing piece is FEAR — the misperception of need. People are not always equipped to make decisions guided by ANY model.
Also, I don’t get “sex” as a physiological need. SORRY. AH DON’T.
Anyway — does anybody know more about this? What credibility does this have that it keeps coming up?
I will make my own hierarchy and it will kick this hierarchy’s BUTT.