Maslow’s B-Values and Predictability

Along with the Hierarcy of Needs, Abraham Maslow also compiled a set of Being Values. 

  • WHOLENESS (unity; integration; tendency to one-ness; interconnectedness; simplicity; organization; structure; dichotomy-transcendence; order);
  • PERFECTION (necessity; just-right-ness; just-so-ness; inevitability; suitability; justice; completeness; “oughtness”);
  • COMPLETION (ending; finality; justice; “it’s finished”; fulfillment; finis and telos; destiny; fate);
  • JUSTICE (fairness; orderliness; lawfulness; “oughtness”);
  • ALIVENESS (process; non-deadness; spontaneity; self-regulation; full-functioning);
  • RICHNESS (differentiation, complexity; intricacy);
  • SIMPLICITY (honesty; nakedness; essentiality; abstract, essential, skeletal structure);
  • BEAUTY (rightness; form; aliveness; simplicity; richness; wholeness; perfection; completion; uniqueness; honesty);
  • GOODNESS (rightness; desireability; oughtness; justice; benevolence; honesty);
  • UNIQUENESS (idiosyncrasy; individuality; non-comparability; novelty);
  • EFFORTLESSNESS (ease; lack of strain, striving or difficulty; grace; perfect, beautiful functioning);
  • PLAYFULNESS (fun; joy; amusement; gaiety; humor; exuberance; effortlessness);
  • TRUTH (honesty; reality; nakedness; simplicity; richness; oughtness; beauty; pure, clean and unadulterated; completeness; essentiality).
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY (autonomy; independence; not-needing-other-than-itself-in-order-to-be-itself; self-determining; environment-transcendence; separateness; living by its own laws).

When you examine these values in the context of intelligence being the power to predict it becomes clear that many of these B-Values derive their appeal by affording us predictability.  We find satisfaction in life when it meets our preparation to expect the expected or expect the unexpected.

4 Responses to “Maslow’s B-Values and Predictability”

  1. Sam Cannon Says:

    The purpose of the mind is to grasp. Prediction is convergent thinking. There is also divergent thinking (running down possibilities as in chess, or creating alternate futures. Where these two meet, sparks fly. I see I dug through the ether. 🙂

  2. Cannon Says:

    ORG is a better URL for Maslow. 😉

  3. Cannon Says:

    Factiod: The Andy Kay in Maslow’s “Eupsychian Management” is the Andy Kay of Kaypro. Too bad about CP/M.

  4. grant czerepak Says:

    Actually, if you look at the tetrads you see that conceptual is divergent thinking while contextual is convergent.

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