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    Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" suggests that basic needs must be fulfilled before higher needs are pursued, but a new study indicates that people benefit from satisfying any of these needs in any order.

    Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" suggests that basic needs must be fulfilled before higher needs are pursued, but a new study indicates that people benefit from satisfying any of these needs in any order.

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      Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" suggests that basic needs must be fulfilled before higher needs are pursued, but a new study indicates that people benefit from satisfying any of these needs in any order.

      Graphic by Debra Bolgla

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      University of Illinois professor emeritus of psychology Ed Diener, who also is a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization, found that the fulfillment of basic needs leads people to place themselves higher on a scale of life satisfaction, while pursuing higher social and self-actualization needs is more closely associated with positive feelings and enjoying life, even when basic needs are lacking.

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