Dr. Abraham Maslow 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. The theory accurately describes many levels of personal experiences. Many people find the theory easy to understand, and can recognize some features of experience or behavior, which are true and identifiable, but have never been put into words. Maslow was a humanistic psychologist. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Content Theory Motivation can be defined as "intensity at a task." [APA citation error (missing. If the author is cited in text = Author's name (year) "direct quote" (p. #). If the author is not cited in text = "direct quote" (author, year, p. #).] The greater the motivation, the more persistent and intense one will learn and perform a certain task. The basis behind the theory of motivation is the knowledge that all behavior is goal driven. Involving motivation is content theory, which deals with basic human needs. Motivation directly involves a person choosing what one will or will not do and how intense of an effort will be put forth. The goal of motivational theory is to better understand the influences of choices and how to use these influences to make a task more interesting and desirable. This paper will discuss the background and function of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and examines the possible motivational possibilities for diverse job functions within a company.
Dr. Abraham Harold Maslow was born in New York, New York on April 1, 1908 and died June 8, 1970. He was the founder of humanistic psychology in the 1960s. He was an American psychologist and philosopher best known for his self-actualization theory of psychology. His theory argued that the primary goal of psychotherapy should be the integration of self. Maslow studied psychology at the University of... [continues]
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