3/24/2020 01:30:21 pm
I will admit, after watching the news everyday waiting for the COVID-19 task force to take the podium and debrief the nation with overwhelming statistics, unfortunate news, and staggering graphics, it is a breathe of fresh air to read something about the virus that takes on the more mental and psychological side of things. It is safe to say that we are consumed by this crisis at the moment and it very much so impacts our daily routines and "normalcy." As seen in the graphic provided there is a hierarchy of needs that motivate our behavior and control our consumption. Growing up, my family emphasized the large difference between basic needs, psychological needs, and fulfillment needs. We were always told that if we have our basic needs fulfilled then life is better than good and there is nothing to complain about. However, as time went on I began to crave a higher emphasis on psychological needs; they were almost as important to me as basic needs. I felt that because my need to be loved and the relationships I had, I was able to obtain warmth, food, and the sense of security. As I questioned these elements of need I realized that we all operate and prioritize our vales differently. It is interesting to think about now in the time of this crisis, because we all run to a different section on Maslow's triangle. For example; my mom grasps onto food, shelter, water, my dad reaches for safety and security, whereas I need a sense of belongingness and love, and my younger sister aims for self-fulfillment. The structure of the triangle suggests a general theme, but it is extremely fascinating to see during a time of uncertainty where everyone tends to lean.
3/27/2020 09:22:58 am
The COVID-19 outbreak has definitely put into perspective how lucky we were in our everyday lives before this outbreak and pandemic. We were used to buying groceries and not having to ration, we were used to the freedom to go out and do whatever we wanted, and we were used to our health. Maslow's Hierarchy of needs has always been relevant, but now more than ever.
3/29/2020 02:08:51 pm
Maslow's Hierarchy is definitely an important thing in everybody's lives right now that they are trying to fulfill. Especially during this pandemic, everyone's schedules and daily lives re completely different. For me personally, the hardest one to fulfill is belongingness because I haven't really been able to hangout with friends or see people that I would like to see. It is definitely a weird feeling during this crisis and I am definitely more thankful for the way things were before when people didn't have to ration food and stock up.
3/31/2020 09:45:16 am
I am not surprised one bit that I am absolutely in love with this content. I feel refreshed by reading this blog post and the few others that are published because it is, like Meg said, a breath of fresh air. After watching the same "facts", news stories, and moving cases of illnesses, I was overjoyed to read about something that was finally intriguing and stimulating. In reference to the content, I could not agree more with what was published in the five sections describing needs. It is interesting because from an early age, I was instructed to discover the difference between a need and want. When I would say "I need this new device" or "I need to eat at this new restaurant", my dad would always respond with a smart remark along the lines of "Oh really? You need it? How about you just want it? Will you survive if you don't get it?". The analysis of Maslow's Hierarchy is the most fitting response to this pandemic that I've since we began with these panicky times. In complete agreement with everything discussed, I think the one line that resonated with me the most was in the second section about safety and security. "Essentially, the collective good suffers at the expense of the individual". In trying times like these, everyone in society is attempting to adapt to these changes being brought upon us. When people "panic" so to speak and begin to stockpile their necessities, it brings only negativity to the rest of the population because stress levels rise, incomes decrease, and products becomes scarce. In this pandemic, with all of the changes brought on college students during this time, the need that I have found myself most trying to fulfill is the need for belonging. Yes, I know that I have safety and psychological needs, but what has been most weighing is that I am alone. While my mother works from home in our living room, turned home office, I crave to be with my friends and feel the sense of belonging that I felt while in Athens. Whether with friends, peers, or alone, the sense of belonging has always exceeded the need for anything else. After two full weeks and two days of quarantine, I am ready to be back with my friends to fulfill my need. By reflecting on my personal needs through the course of this response, I have found that my only need that has yet to be satisfied is my sense of belonging and love because I miss my friends. Though I am supposed to feel the most comfort because I am in my home that I grew in with my family, my changes through college have showed me that my soulmates are my friends and that is where I belong.
4/1/2020 08:55:31 am
Now that a few days has passed since this post was published, I find it interesting to notice how people are handling their new normal. For example, my mom and I continued going to the store for essentials, but as of two days ago, I refuse to make errand trips and be exposed to the public. My family is dependent on buying groceries online to have delivered or picked up, but since demand is so high for this service, we have to wait for days until we can receive our order. Even though it is a convenient way to avoid risking your health, there is no guarantee that you will receive all of the items on your list due to the high demand in basic necessities. It's scary for me knowing that the timeline for this is unknown. A point that was made in this post that has been confusing me is the spike in guns and ammunition sales. I get how some buy out of fear, but I don't see how there is a correlation to the pandemic. I also don't want to get too political, but it is definitely an interesting thought. I have been trying to make the best out of social interactions- I Facetime my friends and family and occasionally the neighbors will congregate in my front yard, 6 feet apart of course. As an extrovert, this has been extremely hard for me. I depend on social media and my phone use has skyrocketed, but I'm also lacking in the fitness realm. Not being able to have access to a gym is making me lazy, but thankfully I have a yoga teacher mom that will allow my classes free of charge :) While reflecting on this, my heart does go out to everyone whose worlds have been turned upside down. I'm still devastated that I will no longer have the opportunity to live and intern in Florence this summer. But this does give me time to work on myself and better my Italian so I can still embrace the culture. I believe that it is important to have a positive mindset and I'm definitely grateful for my health & safety.
4/3/2020 11:23:28 am
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is always behind the scenes of every decision we make as people, but it is more emphasized now due to COVID-19. Another way to break down the hierarchy of needs pyramid is with Alderfer’s ERG Theory of Motivation. In this theory, physiological and safety needs are categorized as existence motivators, belongingness as relatedness motivator, and esteem and actualization as growth motivator. According to Maslow, people will fulfill their needs one by one in an ascending and predictable order, but according to Alderfer, people satisfy their needs in different ways at different levels in different orders. When trying to judge what motivates human action durning a pandemic, I find Alderfer's model to be more accurate. People do not act as systematically as it may seem and there needs to be flexibility when predicting what they will do next.
4/4/2020 02:45:55 pm
As I continue my life through this pandemic and try to create a new normalcy within quarantine, I have found that Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has been in my thoughts more often than before. It is one of those theories that is subconsciously playing out during our lives, but now that I have more time to reflect, I have been thinking of Alderfer’s ERG Theory of Motivation and the higher and lower orders of our needs. Similarly to the other comments, my parents placed a heavy importance on just basic needs. My family lived paycheck to paycheck like many other Americans because of the recession, so psychological and self-actualization needs were often sacrificed. In my personal experience during this pandemic, I have found that my needs fluctuate depending on which day. Some days my self-actualization needs come before my need to socialize with my roommates and other days I can only focus on my basic needs to get through the pandemic. I now have the comfortably to be able to focus on specific needs, but it makes me think about the people with low incomes who are forsaking their psychological and self-actualization needs because they have been put into the financial situation where basic needs are they only thing they can focus on right now. It makes me think about how this pandemic and all of its long last effects are going affect people's mental health long term. How is this pandemic going to shape the current generation and our posterity?
4/14/2020 11:58:27 am
This is a very interesting and thoughtful take on consumer behavior amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. While the world seems to be in a state of chaos, it brings me some comfort to know that we can begin to understand human behavior by looking through the lens of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. It makes sense that people are looking out for their best interests during this crazy time, and that our most basic human needs are the top priority. If everyone in society acted the way we wanted them to, then the world would be a better place in our eyes, but that is just not the reality we live in. The only thing we can do during this pandemic is take the necessary safety precautions and contribute to the progress of the society in a positive way.
4/16/2020 11:52:59 am
I find the social interaction level of Maslow's Hierarchy to be the most interesting during this crisis. Not only are friends maintaining relationships over platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, but companies that are typically used for business are now used for social purposes. Zoom is one great example of this. People are using a program that is typically used for virtual meetings and interviews to still talk and "hang out" with their peers. Also, especially over the holiday weekend, many families used it to conduct family dinner during a time where they could not come together in person. I am curious to see if this trend continues once our society goes back to normal. Will people consistently still travel to family or will they opt for quicker and cheaper virtual communication?
4/19/2020 05:53:29 pm
What impressed me most about COVID-19 was the shortage of all kinds of goods in the supermarket. I think it's actually OK. It's unbearable to keep a social distance for a long time. I think the way we meet online has greatly reduced our work efficiency.
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