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Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs

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Recently I have been trying to recall some of the topics I learned in college. One subject matter that I remembered learning during my business management and organizational behavior courses was Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory.

Does anyone remember coming across this theory in college?

I still find it quite interesting, and now I am curious as to how it currently relates to social-economic development in China and other countries like North Korea.

This link provides a brief summary of Maslow's theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

As far as China's socio-economic development is concerned, where do you think the average Chinese citizen lies in the hierarchy of needs diagram? I think most Chinese have long fulfilled their physiological needs, but are currently striving to fulfill the safety needs of the diagram.

Many well-to-do people in the big cities may be at the third level, Love/Belonging, of the hierarchy of needs.

This is of course assuming that we embrace Maslow's theory, or consider it to be valid.

North Korea definitely needs to fulfill the basic physiological needs in the hierarchy of needs. It would be accurate to say that a large majority of North Koreans has yet to fulfill or pass the first level of the diagram.

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