Abraham Maslow is a well know theorist and psychologist know for his theory on Human Motivation, more specifically Maslow"s needs Hierarchy theory. Abraham Maslow "noticed while he worked with monkeys early in his career, was that some needs take precedence over others" (Boeree, 1998). Maslow thought that people have certain tendencies and needs towards certain things when confronted with two different subjects. For instance, Maslow said that "if you are hungry and thirsty, you will tend to try to take care of the thirst first. After all, you can do without food for weeks, but you can only do without water for a couple of days! Thirst is a "stronger" need than hunger" (Boeree, 1998).
This simple idea of Maslow's" was a starting point for his theory of a hierarchy of needs. According to Maslow, the hierarchy of needs consist of five needs which are physiological needs, safety needs, love needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs. These thoughts alone put Maslow's name up with those of Freud and B.F. Skinner. "Little did he realize at the time that his tentative proposal, based on an extremely limited clinical study of neurotic patients, would become one of the most influential concepts in the field of management" (Kreitner, 2001). In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, all of the basic needs are at the bottom of the pyramid. The needs that are not most important are towards the top of the pyramid. Once the bottom set of needs are met or fulfilled, a person will move up to the next level of needs and so on and so on. A individual will always start off with the most basic set of needs called Physiological needs, and will not skip to another part of the pyramid without satisfying these needs/wants first. .
In the bottom of the pyramid are the Physiological needs. These needs consist of oxygen, food, water, sleep, and sex. Yes, even sex! There are the basic needs one must have to enable them to survive.