Society

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 520–523 | Cite as

Self-Actualization, Human Nature, and Global Social Problems

I. Foundations
Symposium: Revisiting Maslow: Human Needs in the 21st Century

Abstract

Abraham Maslow’s classic theory of motivation was in some ways a precursor to modern evolutionary approaches to human behavior, in that he posited multiple independent and universal motivational systems. Maslow’s hierarchical model, often conceptualized as a pyramid of motives, has recently been renovated to fit with the last half century of research and theory at the interface of evolutionary biology and the social sciences. Adopting a modern evolutionary life history approach to human motivation could be useful to understand important social problems.

Keywords

Pyramid of motives Maslow Motivation Fundamental motives Social problems Overpopulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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