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Does the Unconditional Basic Income Promote Self-Actualization? : A qualitative study based on Maslow's Motivation Theory

Wiencke, L.C. (2017) Does the Unconditional Basic Income Promote Self-Actualization? : A qualitative study based on Maslow's Motivation Theory.

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Abstract:Psychologists are interested in how the basic income affects human flourishing. An important component of flourishing is self-actualization, a term introduced by the humanist Maslow. In the present study, the effects of the basic income are investigated in light of Maslow’s motivation theory. Aim of the study is to explore if the basic income is perceived to enhance people’s ability to engage in self-actualization by enabling people to fulfill their needs. Letters from the future, written by an equal number of students and employees during the Future Now Workshop at the University of Twente. They were instructed to imagine a situation with a basic income were flourishing takes place. The letters were analyzed based on Maslow’s concepts of his hierarchy of needs. As a result, needs of all five levels of the pyramid were found within the letters. Differences with respect to the needs were found between employees and students. Employees often referred to how the basic income helps fulfilling the need of love and belonging, whereas students mainly wrote about their need for financial security. All in all,the basic income is perceived as a useful tool to enhance people’s process of flourishing, especially for economic disadvantaged people.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72517
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