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Maslow Hierarchy of needs and “Keep on Stepping” shoes!

Okay the world is tough, people are going on and on and on….some are getting very upset for legitimate reasons and some are just doing it because they like it.

Sometimes it is as I wrote about the Maslow Hierachy:


Well Maslow…what if you have all that and you still don’t feel it is enough? Maybe this is where the Buddhist Philosophy of veering away from “me, me, me” and awareness of impermanence, is needed? 🙂
So what is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and why do slightly bored but contented women like to pose pictures of their pedicured feet with shoes? hahaha.
I think these “Pedicured/Shoes” shots probably points to the need for Creativity, it is definitely not the need for Morality! Lol. I think these shoes photos are made for those times in life when a woman has to “keep on Stepping”!
Alexander McQueen Heavenly shoes
I think there are pedicures and shoes for all occassions, here try this “Architectural Black” for when some guy blows “hot and cold”, making promise he can’t/won’t keep.
Keep on Stepping….
 Try these: “I still have the Kafkian rental car parked outside like Gregor’s slow transformation from a man to a giant black cockroach in Metamorphosis! lol.”
Keep on Stepping!
What about the “ Perfect for my son’s wedding on Sunday but I still want to know I am still sexy ….. I want some real sleazy shoes…for personel reasons…that and no panties…”  Keep on Stepping shoes?
Then there’s that : I NEED Real creativity and beauty in my life “Keep on Stepping” shoes:
Dolce Gabbana
And that “This is definitely the unspeakable beauty of the design and I want this to be a part of my life.” Keep on Stepping shoes?
Prada chandelier & rainbow pedicure
Along with the “Heaven can wait and I need to shake up some Hell for people giving it out to others” Keep-on-Stepping shoes?
How about the “My daughter painted my toenails hideously while I fell asleep from exhaustion, so I just went out to get some “time out” Keep-on-Stepping-heels?
Paper Magazine's Super(Duper) Market Opening Night Party
“Why Not?” from the Sinful Colors line.
And the “I need to keep on stepping because someone around me is dying/ill/passed away” ?
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Or the ” I can’t fix him. He would be much more liberated and so would his country too if he just stop living his horrid father’s life!”  Keep-on-stepping “Girlfriend” heels?
Or the “I’ve been in HIbernation but I’m out again after I got my own life/identity back” Post-divorce-breakup Diamond Studded Steppers?
People who knock other women for so-called vanity or triviality because they wanted to show off their pedicures and heels , just don’t understand what living a full life means….it means taking the good times,  weathering the bad times without whining and playing victim…it means celebrating with other women in an authentic way and not mouth off false ideologies of so-called feminist sisterhood (while trying to step over others or appropriate their heels (and their ideas) because you are bitter, nasty & trashy)….it means trying to, mentally, walk in one another’s shoes and be comfortable, beautiful and powerful walking in your own heels.
If my empowered, intelligent, beautiful and witty friends can do that,  it is no one’s business if they want to have fun and post pictures of their pedicures and their super-power heels that they love.
I am aware there’s loads of debates about the issues of Heels and what that says about Women’s bodies/Social expectations…But guess what? Grown Women can think for themselves, No one is a victim…Grow the hell up!
Personally I can flop about in Flip-Flops and still “Keep on Stepping” and most of the time, that is what I do! If your feeble little femi-nazies minds feel the need to judge other women for what they put on their feet, try looking into the mirror to see how ugly you are on the inside!
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Maslow’s Hieararchy of Needs defined:

Physiological needs

Physiological needs are the physical requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly, and will ultimately fail. Physiological needs are thought to be the most important; they should be met first.

Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements. While maintaining an adequate birth rate shapes the intensity of the human sexual instinct, sexual competition may also shape said instinct.

Safety needs

With their physical needs relatively satisfied, the individual’s safety needs take precedence and dominate behavior. In the absence of physical safety – due to war, natural disaster, family violencechildhood abuse, etc. – people may (re-)experience post-traumatic stress disorder or transgenerational trauma. In the absence of economic safety – due to economic crisis and lack of work opportunities – these safety needs manifest themselves in ways such as a preference for job security, grievance procedures for protecting the individual from unilateral authority, savings accounts, insurance policies, reasonable disability accommodations, etc. This level is more likely to be found in children because they generally have a greater need to feel safe.

Safety and Security needs include:

  • Personal security
  • Financial security
  • Health and well-being
  • Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts

Love and belonging

After physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, the third level of human needs is interpersonal and involves feelings of belongingness. This need is especially strong in childhood and can override the need for safety as witnessed in children who cling to abusive parents. Deficiencies within this level of Maslow’s hierarchy – due to hospitalismneglectshunningostracism, etc. – can impact the individual’s ability to form and maintain emotionally significant relationships in general, such as:

  • Friendship
  • Intimacy
  • Family

According to Maslow, humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among their social groups, regardless if these groups are large or small. For example, some large social groups may include clubs, co-workers, religious groups, professional organizations, sports teams, and gangs. Some examples of small social connections include family members, intimate partners, mentors, colleagues, and confidants. Humans need to love and be loved – both sexually and non-sexually – by others. Many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and clinical depression in the absence of this love or belonging element. This need for belonging may overcome the physiological and security needs, depending on the strength of the peer pressure.


All humans have a need to feel respected; this includes the need to have self-esteem and self-respect. Esteem presents the typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People often engage in a profession or hobby to gain recognition. These activities give the person a sense of contribution or value. Low self-esteem or an inferiority complex may result from imbalances during this level in the hierarchy. People with low self-esteem often need respect from others; they may feel the need to seek fame or glory. However, fame or glory will not help the person to build their self-esteem until they accept who they are internally. Psychological imbalances such as depression can hinder the person from obtaining a higher level of self-esteem or self-respect.

Most people have a need for stable self-respect and self-esteem. Maslow noted two versions of esteem needs: a “lower” version and a “higher” version. The “lower” version of esteem is the need for respect from others. This may include a need for status, recognition, fame, prestige, and attention. The “higher” version manifests itself as the need for self-respect. For example, the person may have a need for strength, competence, mastery, self-confidence, independence, and freedom. This “higher” version takes precedence over the “lower” version because it relies on an inner competence established through experience. Deprivation of these needs may lead to an inferiority complex, weakness, and helplessness.

Maslow states that while he originally thought the needs of humans had strict guidelines, the “hierarchies are interrelated rather than sharply separated”. This means that esteem and the subsequent levels are not strictly separated; instead, the levels are closely related.


Main article: Self-actualization

“What a man can be, he must be.” This quotation forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization. This level of need refers to what a person’s full potential is and the realization of that potential. Maslow describes this level as the desire to accomplish everything that one can, to become the most that one can be. Individuals may perceive or focus on this need very specifically. For example, one individual may have the strong desire to become an ideal parent. In another, the desire may be expressed athletically. For others, it may be expressed in paintings, pictures, or inventions. As previously mentioned, Maslow believed that to understand this level of need, the person must not only achieve the previous needs, but master them.

4 comments on “Maslow Hierarchy of needs and “Keep on Stepping” shoes!

  1. Kwgnex
    May 10, 2013

    The items are tasteful, your authored materials really very edgy and stylish. It is consistent but I sense a shakiness recently, are you more stressed about what you want be delivering the next? I don’t want to intrude, I just noticed.


    • ceciliawyu
      May 20, 2013

      thank you kwgnex. I think you probably mistood my style of writing for sounding stressed or shaky…Cantonese as a language occur at a speed much faster than English, like Arabic. So in some articles when I am dealing with non-english materials, I might have that “pressing urgent” tone to it. I admit my time for blogging is less and less as I have more and more paperwork…but know that I would never just blog for the sake of blogging unless the content is worthwhile, so it is not rushed or haphazard. I value too much the intelligence of my readers for that. 🙂 Quality over shoddy Quantity. all the best CC


  2. Johnna Calverase
    April 16, 2013

    “The Right Pair of Shoes Can Change Your Life” – Cinderella


    • ceciliawyu
      April 16, 2013

      hahhaha. Well it definitely helps you STEP UP in the Maslow Hierarchy! Thank you for inspiring this blog! XO C


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