Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maslow without the pyramid.

18 comments:

The Parenting Geek said...

Where would "money" fall?

Anthony said...

Maslow's more primitive needs were at the bottom, so I'd say money ranks in the "safety" part - second from the bottom.

What does that say about the current state of society?

damian said...

Is the Quality of Life really high close to Death?

Anonymous said...

@ Damian
I believe it's suggesting that your quality of life will be higher if you don't worry less about dying, and quality of life with be poor if you worry about survival all the time.

Anonymous said...

oops. I meant "if you WORRY LESS about dying"

Anonymous said...

@anonymous
If you are correct, then the Y-axis should read "Amount of worry" not "Things you worry about".

Kjersti said...

how about: the more things you worry about, the greater your chances for survival, but the lower the quality of life. The less things you worry about, the greater your quality of life, but you are more likely to die.

The English Clergyman said...

Or, when your quality of life is low and you worry about a lot of things, you get "survival," and when your quality of life is high and you worry about few things, you get "death."

Which I realize is quite similar to what kjersti said, but without the value of the x-axis being causally related to the value of the y-axis; instead, the values of each axis are causally related to the identity of the point on the graph.

I'm no mathematician, though, so don't take my word for it.

beautyvsbeast said...

This is awesome. One of my favourites, actually.

invissnow said...

Very nice, now that I understand it... :)

Mike said...

I went and looked at his pyramid on wikipedia. I could see ages 0 - 70 climbing up the left side and 70 - 80 falling down the right.

david said...

Abraham's books are too thick anyway. I prefer these index cards..this is in my top 10

Trebuchet said...

Excellent! and oddly related to the previous one...

A BCPSS Parent said...

I believe this is the graphical representation of "Life sucks and then you die."

Anonymous said...

i think it means that when your quality of life is terrible, you think about survival, but when you have great quality of life, you only think about when it's gonna end. kinda ironic i think =)

no man said...

DEAR GOD THANK YOU ANON AT 3:41 PM.

The graph is one of y vs. x. The Y axis being one particular THING you worry about. When your quality of life is lower [the X axis] you worry about survival, like poverty stricken individuals. Or people recently afflicted with a natural disaster. When your quality of life is high, you don't even worry about your death. In fact, you just worry about who you're going to date tomorrow or how you're going to look good or what you're going to purchase with your paycheck.

Brilliant reduction of Maslow's pyramid, btw. It really shows how superficial people are today. Thank you Indexed dude.

I also think that money would be a line with a slope of one going smack dab in the middle or higher. You always worry about money.

Also, please remember that generally, y is the dependent variable and x is the independent variable. That means the value of y DEPENDS on the value of x. Please think about that and you just passed the first chapter of any Science 101 class.

Mike said...

Yeah Hagy dude, thanks.

gouranga said...

you worry about your status in the society, not to look like somebody nuts for the others...

 
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