Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, version 3 - Common Historical Model of Psyche

© 2014, S. A. Chetvertakov*

*. Ph.D., Independent researcher, Saint-Petersburg; e­mail:


This report is an overview of the conclusions of a fifteen-year initiative of the author in the field of Maslow's theory including yet unpublished results. We present the modified, reconstructed and supplemented Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs, version 3, as a development of the first two versions of this theory: the first - 1943-1956 and second – 1970. Some of our applications of Maslow's theory in sociology during the period from 1973 to 2000 revealed a number of disadvantages in it. Most of these disadvantages were eliminated or solved in the author's monograph "Reconstruction of Maslow’s Theory" (Aleteya, 2011-576 pp.). An objective of this report is to systematize basic concepts of psychology that are important for Maslow’s theory, providing significant reasons for the scope and the hierarchy of needs. New additions are relevant to the needs for love, belongingness, creativity as an extension of self-actualization and need for self-esteem (as conscience). The work may be useful to psychologists, sociologists and all readers interested in new ideas in the field of psychology, social psychology and sociology.

Keywords: Maslow, love-belongingness, esteem, creativity, self-esteem as conscience, the reasons for the hierarchy, the appearance of consciousness.

Contents of work


Evolution and role of adaptation

Adaptation of the living and emergence of the psyche

Psyche as an independent level of manifestation of the living

The central nervous system as a biological environment of the psyche

Two fields of the psyche on the base of neurophysiology

Biology and semantics in the mental activity

Mental functions and objects

The association: its image, representation and role in the prediction

The behavior - interpretation through sensations

The need as special secondary sensations

The objects of the psyche in Wiener adaptation model

Adaptation and languages. Difference between human language and animal communication 

Human language and work of psyche with it

The motivation, goal and need

Rise of the Maslow’s theory. Its basic ideas

From the environment to the needs and behavior

Innate and acquired associative links

Influence of new associations on human beings

Feedback in the adaptation of system

Automatism and attitude. How to hide needs

The needs of Maslow-3. Reasons for the hierarchy

The need for eliminating fear of pain or the need for safety 1(I)

Physiological needs as water, food and heat balance

The need for safety 2 (II) or life comfort

The need for love and belongingness

    Love and family

    Love in family as culture

    Sex or love?

    The belongingness as the special need

The need for communication as affiliation

    Technical communication is rather motivation or behavior, than need

    Novelty seeking as a need for diversity

The need for respect or safety 3 (III)

     Stratification among animals. The war and the peace. Rank’s resource as determinant of status.

     A need for respect in the hierarchy

    The difference in status between human and animals  

    The dynamics of rank's resources in human history. The practice of distortion

The metaneeds for creativity

     The definition of creativity

     Memory and expectation

     How was creativity enforced in Evolution? The benefits and harms

     Expansion of metaneeds

     The metabasic needs

     The pure metaneeds

     The needs for knowledge and truth, aesthetics and self-actualization as a forms of creativity

     The creativity and freedom

The need for the self-esteem or the conscience as the need for safety 4 (IV)

     The place of self-esteem or conscience in hierarchy of needs

     The societies without conscience and the societies of conscience people

     Characteristics of conscience and perspectives of phenomenon

     Source of conscience: consciousness or environment

The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – 3 as a whole

Common definition of the need

Common definition of the environment

Axiomatic nature of the hierarchy of needs

   Feasibility of axioms

   Prediction and its quality on a base of axiomatics

   Significance Maslow’s theory for psychology

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – 3 as a Whole

pitcher Maslow-3

Fig. 1. Pitcher of Maslow-3 instead of pyramid of Maslow-1,2

The need is felt to be of particular subconscious state. When it is satisfied, we do not feel it. So the perceived state of actual need should be defined as a state of dissatisfaction. But in literature needs are usually described by feelings of satisfaction. We eliminate this defect. For example, the first need below - it's a feeling of fear or terror. The need is to remove this fear (and the reason of fear). In this sense, we define the needs by real emotion related to them.

New hierarchy of Maslow, version 3, includes next needs:

1. Safety need 1eliminating fear of pain or death.

2. Physical need – needs for water, food and heat balance.

3. Safety need 2 – anxiety about providing reliable life existence and means of security, i. e. previous two needs in future.

4. Need for Love and Belongingness in Family as biopsychic needs for population reproduction to provide own old ages and to prolong language and culture.

5. Affiliation need as belongingness out of family and feeling of loneliness - initial mean to get access to technical information for other needs.

6. Esteem or safety 3 – disquiet of status loss or loss of access to competitive resources.

7. Metaneeds as expectancy to creative social useful activity (pure metaneeds) or as creativeness in consumption, spending own forces and resources in pleasure (metabased needs). The person may have several metaneeds.

8. Conscience, the need for self-esteem or the need for safety 4 is the concern over past or future harmful effects of the own creativity or harmful activity of others (or Mankind) in fields of social and global significance. It motivates to eliminate errors of the past or prevent social or global problems in future. Conscience fulfills feedback for creativity as direct action in Wiener control system. This is also the cultural and acquired (by means of consciousness) correction tool for the maintenance and transmission of ethical norms in society.

And this system of the needs is a common historic model of generalised human psychology – psychic development model in anthropogenesis and social history. The theory needs is suitable for the interpretation of history, as shown in the examples demonstrating reconstruction of macrosocial phenomenons.

Exposed in 4 Dec 2014




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