Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs introduces five levels of the individual’s needs, all of which are essential to the proper development and growth. The system implies that the lowest levels include fundamental needs, such as physiological requirements (e.g., food and shelter) and safety conditions (Cherry par. 6). On the other hand, the higher levels concern more emotionally-oriented needs, such as a sense of belonging, esteem, or self-actualization (Cherry par. 6). Evidently, the individual cannot survive without food and water; therefore, physiological needs are essential. However, every single person on the planet has these requirements, so they do not determine the specific development of the individual. In my opinion, ‘safety and security is the most important factor that defines an individual’s development.
In other words, if the need for safety is not met, the development of the individual might significantly slow down or take a completely different direction. The fear of physical danger and deprivation causes notable stress, disturbs the conventional way of living, and controls the person’s actions (Bartz par. 2). The research demonstrates that lack of safety might make irreversible changes to the brain and ruin the development of the individual (Bartz par. 2). Instead of focusing on achieving dreams, supporting their families, and spending time with their loved ones, many people around the globe are stressed due to the lack of safety. This issue is particularly relevant in America, with such a large variety of cultures, races, and affiliations that some people live in constant fear of danger of being rejected or discriminated against. Therefore, I believe that the need for safety is the most impactful factor that determines the development of the individual and directly influences their quality of life.
Bartz, Andrea. “What Happens in the Brain When You Don’t Feel Safe.” Elemental, 2020, Web.
Cherry, Kendra. “The 5 Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” VeryWellMind, 2021, Web.