Do Psychologists Still Use Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?

You’ve probably seen the pyramidal diagram of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s straightforward enough but, it might be a bit too subjective to really measure human needs.

Hosted by: Brit Garner
Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon:
Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters:
Kelly Landrum Jones, Sam Lutfi, Kevin Knupp, Nicholas Smith, Inerri, D.A. Noe, alexander wadsworth, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Bella Nash, Charles Southerland, Bader AlGhamdi, James Harshaw, Patrick Merrithew, Patrick D. Ashmore, Candy, Tim Curwick, charles george, Saul, Mark Terrio-Cameron, Viraansh Bhanushali, Kevin Bealer, Philippe von Bergen, Chris Peters, Justin Lentz
Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet?

Image Sources:

#Psychologists #Maslow39s #Hierarchy

Some Toughts (31)

  1. Avatar
    added on 3 May, 2018

    Why is her main descriptor "white males"? So those guys had no other similar qualities besides skin color and sex?

  2. Avatar
    added on 2 Jun, 2018

    They mentioned white males. So if a right winger mentions ethnic link with intelligence there evil but if its a white male there is no qualms. She a WHITE female

  3. Avatar
    added on 29 Jun, 2018

    You have to love how what could have been a great video was ruined when she has the need to state the comment of, "a small sample of educated white males" as it shows the endemic bias that plagues social psychology these days. The comment is not provided in context for the time along with other factors.

  4. Avatar
    added on 22 Jul, 2018

    People should read Maslow's actual books (Toward a Psychology of Being is the main work, and there are others), not the Psych 101 "summary". The hierarchy of needs was just one component of his approach, and he was always very clear about those needs not being strictly a pyramid as the textbooks misrepresent it.

  5. Avatar
    added on 2 Aug, 2018

    Maslow did not think that "every need had to be fulfilled before you think about the next one" as you say. His pyramid was more nuanced than that. He believed that each Need is at a certain percentage of satisfaction at any given point. "If need A is satisfied only 10% , then need B may not be visible at all. However, as this need A becomes satisfied 25 percent need B may emerge 5 percent, as need A becomes satisfied 75 percent need B may emerge 50 percent, and so on." – from his book "Motivation and Personality" So it seems that his hierarchy of needs actually was a combination of a pyramid and overlapping circles…

  6. Avatar
    added on 19 Aug, 2018

    As far as i can see, Maslow's pyramid still wins hands down.

  7. Avatar
    added on 6 Sep, 2018

    3:33 ~ That’s a VERY POOR and ridiculous interpretation of Survival and Social needs! It’s NOT that you are hungry but can still enjoy hanging out with friends. It’s more like: A person wouldn’t be concerned with having friends when he is literally starving.

    While I agree that the sections should be over lapping, it should not be circles. The triangle is ideal to illustrate that many more people are able to satisfy their needs of hunger and shelter (represented by the large base at the bottom of the triangle) than they are able to become self actualized (represented by a smaller section of the pyramid at the top. I do think, though, that the levels of the pyramid should be blended to indicate that a person can be at the top of one level and also at the bottom of the next level to indicate that the person is transitioning from one level to the next.

    And, what “better” tools do Psychologists have? They might have more tools, but they don’t have any one tool that is better. Besides, no one ever suggested that Maslow’s should be done exclusively.

  8. Avatar
    added on 11 Sep, 2018

    very interesting.👍 I need to research more on this particular, concept in psychology.

  9. Avatar
    added on 25 Oct, 2018

    Is not the research of Diener infected by a confirmation bias? I mean, he suposed the Maslow's hypothesis of what counts like a human need. And if Maslow's does not figured out something that the pure data could reveal, another need instead those five Malsow gived to us? It is not absurd to imagine that, like the girl in the video said, a sample that cover only a white male group could omit a important need that could really exist and be showed up by an analysis of the data itself, without use of the malsow's concepts.

  10. Avatar
    added on 14 Nov, 2018

    Maslow studied more than 1,000 people to come up with his hierarchy of needs. There is a pattern in all humans. That all humans are motivated to look for food when starving or that they need to defecate before continuing a good conversation. The needs are appropriately staged.

  11. Avatar
    added on 10 Jan, 2019

    Is it possible to name the other psychologists as well?

  12. Avatar
    added on 31 Jan, 2019

    White males you say… Why did you have to ruin a good video with stereotypical garbage? Sigh… it was going so well

  13. Avatar
    added on 12 Feb, 2019

    Needing food, safety, happiness is… a subjective concept? 😛

    And the overlapping model doesn't make much sense to me, I'd personally stick with the pyramid but I would actually invert it. As in, at the bottom there would be the basic feeding need then safety but each level would be smaller than the ones above. This model would show that while necessary (if a level isn't sufficiently or at all fulfilled, the pyramid would crumble), the lower levels are, at the same time, less "important" than the ones above, and the aim of existence, what would work the most towards a "happiness" state, would be the highest levels, the most "fulfilling".
    This would work in the sense that few people are truly happy, especially "rich" people, because only the first 2-3 levels would be fulfilled…

    No idea if I make sense, blah, whatever, I'm out! 😀

  14. Avatar
    added on 24 Mar, 2019


  15. Avatar
    added on 24 Mar, 2019

    There is a misunderstanding about the need for food. It’s not just being hungry. Human’s hunger needs are meet in most countries and to see what the pyramid is you have to look at those who are starving and don’t know where their food will come from tomorrow. Yemen is currently a good model.

  16. Avatar
    added on 19 Apr, 2019

    I'm late to the party, but I'm commenting anyway! When you suggest that because his sample of people that he used for evidence of the top two tiers of the pyramid are comprised of mostly white people, you are inadvertently suggesting that the colour of your skin correlates with certain aspects of human psychology… I didn't realise this channel was pro-alt-right. Last I heard there was no such evidence of that, and if there is now it better be pretty damn convincing.

  17. Avatar
    added on 12 May, 2019

    It never really made sense to me that "esteem" came after "love and belonging" since you kind of need to have self-esteem in order to have good relationships.

  18. Avatar
    added on 30 May, 2019


  19. Avatar
    added on 3 Jul, 2019

    In Maslow's own words:

    We have spoken so far as if this hierarchy were a fixed order but actually it is not nearly as rigid as we may have implied. It is true that most of the people with whom we have worked have seemed to have these basic needs in about the order that has been indicated. However, there have been a number of exceptions.

  20. Avatar
    added on 12 Oct, 2019

    Hierarchy of Needs: A core principle of Maslow's theory of motivation, which presents the revolutionary claim that when it comes to needs, first things first, or always drive with your horse before your cart. Thus we must achieve lower needs (food, shelter, safety) before we can achieve higher needs, such as belonging, self-esteem, or self-actualization. Thus, before you can bond with your bowling league buddies (belonging needs) and win that coveted trophy (self-actualization), it is useful to first not be a homeless, starving vagrant.
    from Dr. Mezmer’s World of Bad Psychology, found on an internet near you!

  21. Avatar
    added on 12 Oct, 2019

    Hi, i have shared several of your gripping and tempting videos,
    Hope take away the copyright and give me the permission

  22. Avatar
    added on 2 Jan, 2020

    Fortunately, educated white males are the only group that matters.

  23. Avatar
    added on 1 Mar, 2020

    gallup is a research company not a management company

  24. Avatar
    added on 10 Apr, 2020

    Your attempt to critically analyze the theory was poor

  25. Avatar
    added on 13 Apr, 2020

    "How can we punish him for using a majority straight white male sample?“

    Karen: "we destroy his theory with over-simplification and other bogus Gallup sponsored research without sources cited"

  26. Avatar
    added on 16 Apr, 2020

    Correction: Maslow didn't come up with the pyramid. He only described the hierarchy. It was only later psychologists that added the pyramid as a means for explaining the hierarchy of needs.

  27. Avatar
    added on 22 May, 2020

    It is fundamentally incorrect to put belonging needs as a higher order need because our survival depends upon social connection. UCLA professor and social neuroscience researcher Matthew Lieberman argues that Maslow got it wrong. Food, shelter, and warmth are not the foundation of our human needs.
    In his book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, Lieberman shows how the latest science is revealing that, above all else, our social bonds are the most essential need we have for survival.
    Think about human babies for one second. Human needs are not hierarchical they are messy and interactive and dynamic. Humans cannot survive without belonging to a family, community or society. They did a very unethical study on 20 babies in 1944 in which they did not talk to or show affection to the babies and half of them had died at 4 months, the others were underdeveloped and two died shortly after. Society IS class based and economy based so if economically you want to look at the top – rather than an elevated state of higher being, the higher you go in human society studies show the less people are concerned with others and the more concerned with self-centred needs and perspectives. It's not an evolution it's a devolving into a selfish human being. Looking at the bottom: Survival needs are only met through social interaction they are not met in a vacuum nor do we lose other motivations because we are unsafe or hungry. People do not put aside their needs for love and belonging because they have insufficient food.

    Needs are not hierarchical. Life is messier than that. Needs are, like most other things in nature, an interactive, dynamic system, but they are anchored in our ability to make social connections. Maslow's model needs rewiring so it matches our brains. Belongingness is the driving force of human behavior, not a third tier activity. The system of human needs from bottom to top, shelter, safety, sex, leadership, community, competence and trust, are dependent on our ability to connect with others. Belonging to a community provides the sense of security and agency that makes our brains happy and helps keep us safe.”

  28. Avatar
    added on 14 Jun, 2020

    Why they using what's inside jingle

  29. Avatar
    added on 21 Jun, 2020

    I hate the fact that Maslow purposely pushed his agenda of "sex" being the first layer of needs, in same category as food, drink, air, rest, excretion.. it's so wrong in many ways. Shame on him

  30. Avatar
    added on 3 Jul, 2020

    One of the problems with Maslow was that he put “sex” right along with “food” and “water” in the “physiological category”

  31. Avatar
    added on 27 Aug, 2020

    Why do you all sound the same? Even the men and women? Lmao. No hate just wondering

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.