Self-Actualization, Human Nature, and Global Social Problems: I. Foundations

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Abraham Maslow’s classic theory of motivation was in some ways a precursor to modern evolutionary approaches to human behavior, in that he posited multiple independent and universal motivational systems. Maslow’s hierarchical model, often conceptualized as a pyramid of motives, has recently been renovated to fit with the last half century of research and theory at the interface of evolutionary biology and the social sciences. Adopting a modern evolutionary life history approach to human motivation could be useful to understand important social problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-523
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Fundamental motives
  • Maslow
  • Motivation
  • Overpopulation
  • Pyramid of motives
  • Social problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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