As the creative type in the print suggests, our needs are often overshadowed by our wants — so much so that it can be hard to see what our needs actually are.
But where do we begin to understand what it is that we actually need?
In 1943, a 35-year-old psychologist named Abraham Maslow condensed his research into a now-famous diagram: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
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One of the reasons this diagram is so compelling is that it provides a simple and tangible answer for some of life’s biggest questions: What are we pursuing? And what do we need to achieve it?
Over years of revisiting this diagram in relation to my life, I have come to appreciate that my place on the pyramid is constantly in flux as circumstance and priorities change.
With our world at a meaningful turning point, it is a unique moment to revisit and distinguish what it is that we need right now.
Reflecting on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs — what do you need right now?
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