Person AA ref by Person BB (Colleague)'s Universal Hierarchy of Motivation Report - CONCLUSION


PART IV: Conclusion

The McNamara Fallacy
'The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is okay as far as it goes.
The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading.
The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness.
The fourth step is to say what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide.'
Robert S McNamara — US Secretary of Defence: 1961-1968

Life inexorably tries to get us to go through all the Rooms — whether doing, feeling, thinking and being — as we move up the Levels of The Universal Hierarchy of Motivation. Therefore it tends to get us to explore our 'House' as we get older; try as we might to stay at the lower Levels. In other words Life tries to make us move from dependence (a child's state and symptomatic of the Level of Survival) through independence (an adolescent state and symptomatic of the Levels of Pleasure and Power), to interdependence (the adult state and symptomatic of the Levels of Compassion, Courage, Wisdom and Meaning). However, we cannot continuously stay at the higher Levels, or 'floors', without returning to the lower states at times. For instance all of us have to eat, drink, and take shelter at times and these relate to the Level of Survival.

The purpose of this section is to provide references and your Universal Hierarchy of Motivation profile in order to provide you with initial development advice and next steps in terms of your own personal growth. There is one of many independent websites with a range of specific questionnaires which may help with furthering your own self-awareness:

Universal Hierarchy of Motivation Spiritual explanation

The reason that there is no Spiritual Room at the Levels of Pleasure (2) and Power (3) is because the spiritual state is when we are ‘being’ and we are all human beings so that is the part of us that connects us to all others. Being in the states of dependence and interdependence maintains this connection whereas the independent (adolescent) state does not. In other words the typical adolescent state has no spiritual aspect and therefore is not ‘connective’.

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