You're an Animal!
June 30, 2010 10:37 AM Subscribe
In a fundamental re-think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs,
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a research team lead by Arizona State University's Doug Kenrick
has replaced the personal need to achieve status and respect, culminating in self-actualization, with the biological imperative to find a mate and reproduce, culminating in parenting. Kenrick also replaces Maslow's strict design, in which needs replace one another, with a design in which needs overlap over the course of a lifetime.
Kenrick's pyramid preferences the burgeoning field of evolutionary psychology
, in contrast with Maslow's developmental psychology
. “There is such a thing as self-actualization, developing your inner potential, a self-need to become brilliant at whatever you’re doing,” according to Kenrick, “I just don’t think it’s divorced from biology." Opponents are reluctant to embrace evolutionary psychology because "[i]t views life as something of a cosmic joke (presumably on us). In the words of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, 'It desacralizes, it reduces, it animalizes.'"