The hierarchy was expanded to about eight levels as some extra things crept in:
Over the years I’ve seen poor people who have unmet needs at the bottom of the pyramid, yet who are more self-actualized that those who have all of their needs met (think Paris Hilton). There’s always an exception to the rule, at least in psychology.
Good article, @velociraptor. I’ve seen homeless people have friends and compete for status in their groups. You don’t have to have one level satisfied to move on to the next. I’m pretty self-actualized, according to the list on that article. However, I’m not Einstein I’m a work in progress.
Some people have work “families” so they get their love and belonging needs from work. I am not one of them, however. I tend to be kind of a loner. Self-esteem needs can be met at work. However, if you get laid off, there goes your self-esteem and belonging needs. I think a lot of these needs have to be met internally or through spirituality. That way, no one can take them away from you.