50 Real Life Examples of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Dic 03, 2022

They are grouped in 5 levels:

Level 1: Basic or physiological needs

These are survival needs of a biological order that cover: breathing, resting, eating, reproduction, running, etc.

  • The first thing a human being has to do at the moment of birth is to breathe
  • A person can not live more than 5 days without drinking water
  • Sleep is vital for the functioning of our mind and body
  • We must eat a balanced diet to keep our immune system healthy
  • Our body cannot withstand a body temperature above 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 Farenheit)
  • Procreation is essential for the permanence of the human species
  • Every workplace must have a hygienic toilet
  • Whatever pain we feel, it is necessary to find out its cause and its immediately solution
  • It is vital to have a safe shelter when camping in the forest to prevent any physical harm while we are asleep

Level 2: Security and Safety Needs

They include physical security, having a job, having a home, having health, etc.

  • It is necessary to wear a seat belt when traveling in an automobile
  • I have to get a job to be able to pay for my electric service
  • My aunt is looking for a lawyer to help her get the deed to the land in order
  • I prefer to pay for a private cab when I return home in the middle of the night instead of a bus
  • I am saving to be able to cover any eventuality that may come up
  • Juan will undergo a medical examination to rule out any possible complication due to a fall he suffered
  • I will not accept Luis' invitation because he has a reputation as a womanizer and I do not want to be discredited
  • Today I will not drink liquor because I am the designated driver to take my family to and from the airport
  • Before I get married I have to find a way to have my own apartment
  • I have to buy a car so that I am not traveling by bus when I leave work at night

Level 3: Affiliation and Attachment Needs

They include giving and receiving affection, belonging to a group, having friends, being accepted by society, etc.

  • My boyfriend has not yet asked for my hand in marriage and we have been dating for 3 years
  • I will tell my cousin to include me in his baseball team
  • Today there will be a chess competition with Martín's team, I hope my team wins
  • I am my maternal grandfather's favorite grandson
  • My friends threw me a welcome party
  • I was chosen as the best student of the semester in my English class
  • I'm looking forward to taking my kids to the park this weekend
  • My neighbor invited me to go to the beach with his family
  • I have not been able to be part of the soccer team because there are no vacancies yet
  • I will ask my girlfriend to forgive me

Level 4: Recognition and esteem needs

It is divided in two parts:

Low: to have fame, self-mastery, reputation, appreciation, recognition, etc.

  • I am the boss of my business and my employees have better cars than me, so I have to buy one of the year
  • At school everyone makes fun of me, even though I'm a good student
  • My aunt does not appreciate my cousin who strives to be a good son
  • I have been the best employee of the month, I have exceeded my goals and yet they don't want to increase my salary
  • My uncle is called the alcoholic in the neighborhood, even though he has not been drinking for more than 10 years, and that bothers me

High: mastery, achievement, freedom, independence, confidence, etc.

  • If I study 2 hours a day, I am sure that I will pass the math test
  • I have to train every weekend in order to be selected for the team
  • When I finish my studies, I will start a business and then I will be able to buy my own house
  • I am the only one of my classmates who has maintained a high average this school year
  • I am confident that I can hold a conversation in Spanish with a native speaker

Level 5: Self-actualization or self-actualization needs

They include creativity, morality, success, etc.

  • I feel better now that I go to church every Sunday
  • I was finally able to get the manager position at my job
  • Today I completed my PhD in Cost Accounting
  • I am the team captain and have been for 5 years for my good performance
  • I have the reputation of being a good chess player among my fellow players
  • I was able to get help for the people who lost their homes due to the hurricane
  • I have a sharp ear for tuning any guitar
  • I live in a nice house and I am married to the man of my dreams
  • I have had the joy of traveling to Italy and seeing many places that I have always wanted to see
  • I like to give good advice to those in need
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