Maslow's Physiological Needs: Examples & Definition

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Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Learn about Maslow's lowest stage in the hierarchy of needs, apply Maslow's physiological stage to your life and experiences, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Overview of Maslow's Physiological Needs

We've all heard the saying 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day'; one of the primary reasons for this belief is that having breakfast gets our minds and bodies moving and provides fuel for our day. If you were to begin your day at 8:00 AM, but did not have the opportunity to eat breakfast and would not have the opportunity to eat until after 4:00 PM, your need for food would not be met, which might cause you to lose focus or not fully engage in the tasks you need to complete for the day. Being able to fulfill your physiological needs for food helps provide the foundation for further development in life, which Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, identifies in his hierarchy of needs.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often displayed as a pyramid. The lowest levels of the pyramid are made up of the most basic needs, while the more complex needs are located at the top of the pyramid. As people progress up Maslow's hierarchy, needs become increasingly psychological and social. Needs at the bottom of the pyramid are basic physiological needs. Once these lower-level needs have been met, people can move on to the next level of needs, which are for safety and security, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.

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