The fourth level of Maslow’s Hierarchy is esteem, which gains importance after our basic and connection needs are met. Great self-confidence can come from celebrating our individual strengths and weaknesses. Receiving recognition from others also boosts our self-esteem. Looking outward as well as inward can help us to see all the things for which we are grateful.
The very top of Maslow’s Hierarchy is where we discover self-actualization. According to Kendra Cherry at Verywell Mind, “Self-actualizing people are self-aware, concerned with personal growth, less concerned with the opinions of others, and interested in fulfilling their potential.”
Once all of our needs are satisfied, we can turn more attention outward and act as good citizens to do our part. The most important responsibility that we all have is to respect the humanity of those around us. Our unselfish concern for others can enrich our own well-being.