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Describe the five levels of needs in Maslow’s hierarchy.

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The five levels of needs in Maslows hierarchy are the $\textbf{physiological needs}$, the $\textbf{safety needs}$, the $\textbf{belongingness and love needs}$, the $\textbf{esteem needs}$ and the $\textbf{needs to fulfill ones unique potential}$. The first and the second need are also called the fundamental needs, the third and fourth need are called psychological needs and the last mentioned need is also called self-actualization need.

The fundamental needs are the needs that are basic for our lives. The physiological needs are the needs like the need for nutrition and hydration in order to survive while safety needs are based on keeping us away from the danger.

Psychological needs require an external source in order to satisfy them because they refer to our relationships with other persons. The belongingness and love needs, as the name says, are the need to be loved and accepted just the way we are while esteem needs refer to the needs to achieve in whatever we choose to do and be recognized by other people for what we do.

Finally, the self-actualization or the needs to fulfill our potential do not need much explanation. Every one of us is unique and as such, has the unique potential, talent which we want to reach.

However, by Maslow, in order to reach the highest level of the hierarchy of needs, we need to satisfy the needs on the lower levels.

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