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Critic of Maslow's Theory

A critique of Maslow's theory is that it is "...biased toward Western individualism. What do the critics mean by this?

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1. A critique of Maslow's theory is that it is "...biased toward Western individualism. What do the critics mean by this?

By this, critics are referring to the focus of the theory's hierarchical steps on inward wants and motivations that are centered on the "self", such as in "self-actualization, self-determination, self-esteem. Consequently, the individual seeks to satisfy personal needs as he climbs up the ladder towards self-actualization. In turn, self-actualization involves individuals who are self-contained, autonomous, and dependent upon their own capabilities. Therefore, critics feel that the theory lacks mutuality with others as the individual is climbing up the social ...

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Discussing Maslow's Theory.

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