Growth Need: Definition & Concept

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  • 0:02 Overview of Growth Need
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Instructor: Shawn Grimsley

Shawn has a masters of public administration, JD, and a BA in political science.

A growth need is an important concept behind Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In this lesson, you will learn about growth needs and how they fit into Maslow's hierarchy. You will be given an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Overview of Growth Need

A growth need is part of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which are called self-actualization needs. Abraham Maslow, who lived from 1908-1970, was an American psychologist and a key figure in the transpersonal psychology school of thought. He is most noted for the development of a five-step hierarchy of needs.

Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's hierarchy of needs fall into five categories that can be broadly divided into deficiency needs and growth needs. Deficiency needs are basic needs arising from being deprived of something. Growth needs arise as a desire to grow as an individual. According to Maslow's original theory, a person has to fulfill her deficiency needs before she can move on to fulfilling growth needs. Deficiency needs include physiological needs, safety needs, social needs and esteem needs. Growth needs are self-actualization needs, which is the highest level need.

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