Psychological health and well-being: Tip 1 - Beyond Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Many of us have heard about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (1943): Physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Even today, this theory provides a solid framework for understanding the hierarchy of human needs.

From the view of psychological health, there is one very important need that deserves the recognition and respect in helping us thrive — it is the need for a peaceful living environment. Many of us know it at an intuitive level, but take a moment to assess where it is.

Having a peaceful and an emotionally safe living environment provides one the safety and mental freedom to thrive.

So, parents — if you find yourself and your spouse constantly arguing or yelling at each other— you might be overdue for therapy — not just for your marriage, but also for ensuring an emotionally healthy living environment for your children.

Next time you rent an apartment, first get into a peaceful state of being, before you make that important decision.

When you decide to buy your house, look at the layout of the house — will this meet the emotional needs of all family members, and allow for healthy family dynamics? Will this promote the peace within?


Pick up a pen and a journal. It's time to reflect—what needs to be done differently if anything, to add more peace to our living-space? How can the home environment support and strengthen each family member, emotionally?

Rushina Bhatt, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Strengthen Behavior Consultants, LLC

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