PSY/250- Psychology of Personality
Michael Moore, Instructor
February 21, 2011
Biological and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
In the following, the author will discuss and analyze the biological and humanistic approaches to personality. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will be discussed and examined. The author will describe biological factors that influence the formation of personality. The author will examine the relationship of biological factors to Maslow’s theory of personality. The author will explain the basic aspects of humanistic theory that is incompatible with biological explanations of personality. In conclusion, this paper will describe biological factors that influence the formation of personality, examine the relationship of biological factors to Maslow’s theory of personality and explain the basic aspects of humanistic theory that are incompatible with biological explanations of personality. Abraham Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs theory that remains valid today for understanding human motivation, management training, and personal development. Maslow also developed a theory of personality that has influenced a number of different fields, including education. This wide influence is due in part to the high level of practicality of Maslow's theory. This theory accurately describes many realities of personal experiences. Many people find they can understand what Maslow says. We are all motivated by needs. Human’s most basic needs are natural, having evolved over tens of thousands of years. The Hierarchy of Needs theory helps to explain how different needs motivate us all. Maslow truly believes that people must satisfy each need in order, starting with the first, which deals with the most obvious needs for survival itself. When breaking down the differences with how Abraham Maslow used personality and development that consisted of theories based solely...