Abraham Maslow

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Literature on Abraham Maslow

Here’s the entire UX literature on Abraham Maslow by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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Self-Actualization: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Self-Actualization: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

The things we use and consume may satisfy the first four levels of needs in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, but they will never provide us with the characteristics, outlined below, which help us identify the attainment of self-actualization. Take all the safety, love, etc. you like; for all their importance, they don’t complete the jigsaw that make...

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Physiological Needs: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Physiological Needs: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

At the base of Maslow's hierarchy of human needs we find the physiological level, which encompasses the basic, yet self-preserving needs, such as sleep, water, and shelter. The ability to work our way further up the hierarchy, to satisfy our more complex needs, is based on fulfilling the physiological needs. Designers can tap into our unconsciou...

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Safety: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Safety: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Safety is one of our basic, evolutionary needs. Most of our decisions and actions are based on sustaining or improving our circumstances. While we may not be in constant danger like early man, we are no less driven by the need for safety for us and our loved ones. This drive is carried over into user and consumer behavior. For this reason, produ...

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  • 8 months ago
Esteem: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Esteem: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Esteem needs encompass confidence, strength, self-belief, personal and social acceptance, and respect from others. These needs are represented as one of the key stages in achieving contentedness or self-actualization. While esteem is an internal quality, we are affected by external factors, such as validation and approval from our peers. There a...

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow has provided one of the most prominent accounts of human motivation with the 'Hierarchy of Needs', representing his most well-known contribution to psychology. Maslow researched both 'exemplary people' from the past, such as Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt, and elite college students. Following these studies, Maslow produced...

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