We all heard about the five steps in the “Hierarchy of Needs”. What we don’t know is that, actually, there are 6 steps, the 6th secret layer being on top of all the others. This information was never published. Once you find out about its existence, you’ll clear more about our role in life!
Hierarchy of Needs
- 1st Level is “Physical Needs”-like air, water, food, and warmth. If those are not met everything else falls off.
- 2nd Level is “Safety”– means that, after we make sure we’ve acquired our basic needs, we seek security of our body, of resources, property, morality, family, health. Then we can ascend to the third level.
- 3rd Level is “Belonging”– we seek to belong, we need to feel love and friendship and a sense of connection with others. After we establish belonging, the center point of our motivational drive climbs one level higher.
- 4th Level is “Self Esteem”– we seek achievement in various areas of the community and we crave for confidence and respect. Some people get stuck at this point, trying forever to satisfy their need for respect like filling up a black hole. But those who manage to establish a solid structure of self-esteem inside themselves, climb to the next level.
- 5th Level is “Self-Actualization”and it is considered to be the highest layer, when we seek to find ‘Who we really are?’ We try to know ourselves, to master ourselves, to elevate ourselves. We seek creativity, spontaneity and we accept the facts of the world as they are.
For many years it was believed that the hierarchy ends here. But, as we mentioned at the beginning of this article, it was wrong! Abraham Maslow included another piece of this puzzle that he never made public. The “Hierarchy Of Needs” has 6 levels, but the author passed away before publishing the complete hierarchy:
- 6th Level is “Self-Transcendence”- which isn’t an elevation of the self, but a subverting of it.
This leads us to different perspectives on human psychology itself. Achieving self-actualization means accepting the boundaries of human psychology, accomplishing what is knowable and testable. But self- transcendence means pushing beyond these boundaries. This may be accomplished through spiritual meditation, self-denial, or through technological means. However, it challenges the definition of consciousness to expand into new areas of knowledge, beyond self-knowledge. And this may be the ultimate stage of human development.
How Can We Achieve Self Transcendence?
- One way is spiritual meditation, when you may reach that ascended state of being ‘everything and nothing at the same time’.
- A more technological path toward self-transcendence is the singularity, an event in which human biology and computers become one. This is an opportunity to literally overcome our present physical limitations.
- Overcoming the narrow confines of the self may be as simple as giving yourself over to others: their dreams, their goals, their passions. By doing so, you become one with them.