Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is defined as a six-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical tiers on a pyramid. It is used as a visual representation of how our brain prioritizes, and what we are subliminally working towards throughout our individual lifetimes. The order of the pyramid goes psychological needs, safety needs, belongingness and love needs, esteem needs, self-actualization, and self-transcendentalism
Not only are the basic psychological and safety needs such as security, water, and food not being met. Leading government employees’ love needs and esteem needs to malnourishment. Because of the lack of pay being provided to government workers, employees feeling of accomplishment and intimate relationships are being damaged.
As the second round of missed paychecks approaches, government officials struggle to support their families, "We have child care and food for our kids. That's important, so it's horrible," said corrections officer Jeremy Dominick.
Without the paychecks, people who normally live paycheck-to-paycheck struggle to keep their families afloat. Without this, they cannot fulfill Maslow’s hierarchy of needs of love.
The keystone of the pyramid is made up of self-actualization and self-transcendentalism, which both are essentially living up to one’s full potential, both physically and mentally. A very large component of self-actualization is being completely content and satisfied with the course your own life has taken and your actions along the way. Currently, furloughed employees may not even be able to complete the base levels of the pyramid, leaving it nearly impossible to come close to self-actualization. Without being able to support one’s family or withhold an intimate relationship, it is increasingly difficult to feel the acceptance in yourself that is required to reach self-actualization.