Preparedness Psychology Foundation – Understanding What Motivates Us To Prepare
In this podcast, Episode 115, we go over some foundations of preparedness. Specifically, those things that motivate us to be prepared. In 1943, Abraham Maslow penned his theory on human
emotion motivation. I first learned of this during a college class and when I first saw it, I realized that these motivational needs very much fit into a prepper’s needs and motivation.
Based ion Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I created the Survival Hierarchy of Needs to help explain why we preppers feel what we feel and to help understand what it is that we’re looking to accomplish.
To better illustrate this, I created an image that shows the different levels.
These levels are:
Basic Survival – Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Fire, Sanitation.
Security – Defensibility and physical security; Health; Ability to pay bills, secure income, low risk of losing property; Ability to acquire resources; Minimize risk (e.g., insurance).
Belonging/Acceptance – Spouse, family, peers accept being prepared; Interacting with like-minded people; Developing MAGs and teams.
Confidence/Assurance – Confidence in your survival skills; Confidence in your preps; Knowing you are prepared to keep your family safe and provide for them when chaos strikes.
Self-Reliance – Adapt, overcome, survive; Options and opportunities for problem solving; Charity; Not beholden to others.
In general, these layers represent the different levels that we obtain as we increase our preparations. More specifically, they are also the motivation, or driving force, for fulfilling the needs that we feel. At the very basic level, we need to provide those things that we need to sustain life, and until we can obtain those needs, we can’t rise up on the hierarchy.
Each higher level is dependent on the ones below it. In order for you to obtain the needs in a higher level, you need to first secure the needs of the layer below it. Likewise, should any of these needs be lost, everything obtained above is at risk of loss. For example, you’re not going to feel like a good provider for your family if you can’t provide them with the basic needs of nutritious food, clean water and shelter from the elements.
I explain this is further detail in the podcast.
Also in the podcast, I talk about the Four Phases of Emergency Management and having a Preparedness Mission Statement, which I’ve covered before. Along with understanding the Hierarchy of Needs, these help create a solid foundation for you to base your preparedness plans on.
Note: Edited August 05, 2012 10:46 – fixed word ’emotion’ to what I meant to type, ‘motivation.’ Darn spell checkers.