Maslow’s theory is a developmental model of needs and its original form consists of a pyramid with five layers: Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem, and Self-actualization (to Self-Transcendence), from bottom to top.

This theory has been argued about and reconsidered and had other layers added to it. It is clear that we can develop and redefine more than one layer at a time; we are not confined to only one level and a progression from lower to higher levels. Maslow’s theory has also been criticized for being ethnocentric (i.e., taking the view of only one ethnic group), which is completely valid, especially when you consider cultures and ethnic groups who place different values on different needs.

When you are making changes to habits in your life, which essentially requires you to shift and evolve who you are and how you show up in the world, it can be helpful to consider whether you are putting more or less attention on one of these needs.

Are your needs being met?

Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem, and Self-actualization, Self-Transcendence,