Friday, October 28, 2011
“Man and His Quest Beyond Bread and Bed” - Professor M.S.Rao
“People are more frightened of being lonely than of being hungry, or being deprived of sleep, or of having their sexual needs unfulfilled” - Frieda Fromm Reichmenn
It is rightly said that man cannot live by bread alone. His quest goes beyond bread and bed to betterment. The noted American psychologist, Abraham Maslow outlined Hierarchy of Needs that motivate the man to move from one level to next higher level after accomplishment in each level. According to Maslow, man basically searches for physiological needs such as food, cloth, shelter and sex. In other words, man searches for bread and upon fulfillment of bread he looks for bed to fulfill his biological needs. The next level is safety needs where he likes to protect himself from death and wants to stay away from insecurities and apprehensions. When you observe any living thing it struggles for its survival and existence and this is quite natural among human beings as well. After fulfilling this need man enters into third hierarchy of needs - social needs. Aristotle once said that man is a social animal and he cannot live alone. Hence, man likes to associate with his kith and kin to share his feelings, emotions and ideas within his communities and feels happy to be with his groups and communities. After fulfilling this need, man enters into the fourth level of needs - self-esteem needs where he wants his ego to be protected and respected. For every man ego is very precious and close to him. He doesn’t appreciate if his ego is hurt. If his ego is hurt he may go to any extent to settle the scores. When we view employees leaving their organizations and joining elsewhere, it is basically because when their egos are hurt by their bosses or others or if they find it is not worthwhile working any longer, they resign. After accomplishment of this need man goes to the highest of the hierarchy of needs - self-actualization needs. People love to accept challenging roles and responsibilities and pursue their passions close to their hearts. Man gets total accomplishment only when he enjoys all these five levels one after another hierarchically. Succinctly, after fulfillment of all these needs, the man becomes a complete man.
You must know these five levels and proceed accordingly to unlock your potential, creativity and genius to become a complete man. To conclude, man likes to be cared, loved, talked, respected and honored. Recognizing and appreciating his needs help make a difference in the lives of others.
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