In 1943, a psychologist named Abraham Maslow published a paper on his theory of human motivations. My wildly over-simplistic explanation of his theory is that people will pursue meeting the most basic human needs before moving on to fulfilling more complex needs. We hunt and gather before we desire interpersonal relationships and professional respect. I learned about Maslow’s hierarchy in college, applied to the theory of how people spend (I majored in marketing). These days, I think more about how Maslow’s little pyramid applies to getting Tim through the day.
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