Making Use of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to Problem Solve
Defining the Problem
- Consider an individual in your class whose behaviour is problematical.
- Can you type this behaviour as due to a lack of belongingness, esteem, or self-actualisation needs?
- Or is it a combination of these?
What do you do in most classes that satisfies: Self-actualisation needs?
Self-esteem needs and the need for esteem from others?
Recognising and Devising Some Strategies
Which strategies do you use now to satisfy these needs through college work? Self-actualisation needs Work towards personal targets
Express personal values beliefs and priorities Make choices to control your own development in the direction of your own values Express yourself, and your values, through accomplishments: creativity, performances, The search for identity and a search for a meaning to one’s life: through work, through making use of your own talents and abilities; from exploration of what interests you. Esteem needs Self-esteem: Achievement, success and confidence, through overcoming challenges and making progress in a direction that your value recognition of one’s own success dequacy: to be able to cope by oneself esteem of others: respect: a desire for dignity through reputation, prestige, and status recognition of others of your success, achievement etc Belongingness and love needs To give affection and regard to others, to help others To belong: to my team, class, group, and college To get affection and recognition from others To be valued as a person, not just for what I do for others To be wanted as a person
Which new strategies could you use, and which old ones could you use more often, to satisfy these needs through college work? Don’t underestimate the power of symbols that show esteem needs, and belongingness needs are being met. For example: My name being remembered and used positively A welcome when I come in the class My work on the classroom wall A star earned for effort on the classroom wall or on my work Teacher recognition in the form of competences signed off, comments on work etc