We all share similar needs, and for them to be satisfied in order to create a good life and become all that we can be.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow described the levels of need in ascending order. We can jump over a level, but if we do, then the inner structure of our life feels shaky because of the omission. Some argue that this isn’t necessarily a linear process or a step-by-step climb.
The levels of need are:
For many people, particularly those with an unhappy childhood and toxic parents, even the foundation level isn’t firmly in place. Thus the pyramid is prone to wobble, or even topple, when shaken by life events.
This is often the underlying basis of the work within the psychotherapeutic relationship — to examine the foundations and shore up and underpin them to give the base more solidity and resilience.