In Maslow’s hierarchy most of the needs are actually emotional needs. As his famous triangle shows our physical needs are at the bottom. Once those are met our emotional needs become most important to us.
Maslow argued that the failure to have needs met at various stages of the hierarchy could lead to illness, particularly psychiatric illness or mental health issues. Individuals whose physiological needs are not met may die or become extremely ill.
When safety needs are not met, posttraumatic stress may occur. Individuals who do not feel love or belonging may experience depression or anxiety. Lack of esteem or the inability to self-actualize may also contribute to depression and anxiety.
Part 1 – The need to belong
Our need to belong is what drives us to seek out stable, long-lasting relationships with other people. It also motivates us to participate in social activities such as clubs, sports teams, religious groups, and community organizations.
By belonging to a group, we feel as if we are a part of something bigger and more important than ourselves.
In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, belongingness is part of one of his major needs that motivates human behavior. The hierarchy is usually portrayed as a pyramid, with more basic needs at the base and more complex needs near the peak. The need for love and belonging lie at the center of the pyramid as part of the social needs.
Stay tuned for more on our human needs…