Psychologist William Schutz had developed an interpersonal needs theory that focused on three basic needs that help us create and sustain relationships. The three basic needs were affection, the desire to give and receive love and liking, inclusion the desire to be social and included in groups, and the need for control which is the desire to influence the people and events in our lives (Wood, J.T., 2013). Abraham Maslow expanded more on Schutz’s ideas and proposed that we communicate to meet a range of human needs. According to Maslow, basic needs need to be satisfied before we can focus on those that are more abstract (Wood, J.T., 2013). The five stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs included physical needs for survival, safety and protection needs, belonging needs, self-esteem needs, and self-actualization needs. Maslow elaborated more on Schutz’s interpersonal needs theory as well as in put his own perspective into it.
According to Maslow, the most basic need is the physical need of survival. It is obvious humans have a necessity to survive; communication plays a very important role in helping us meet this need. With whomever you interact with good communication always leaves a more positive outlook on things, for example good communication between doctor and patient greats an effective treatment as well as the patient’s mental well-being (Wood, J.T., 2013). Abraham Maslow believed that communication between people was an essential quality of survival, he believed good communication is good for our health. In order for babies to survive, they let us know exactly when they are hungry or in pain, this provides child and parent communication that resolves the babies problem as well as the parents crying awareness. The next stage of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the safety and protection needs. He believed that communication is essential to provide a safety environment for each and every one because if you are in danger, or you feel...
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Communication. Everyday Encounters, (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage
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