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maslow (n., adj.)
Maslow flag: five horizontal stripes of (from top to bottom) blue, green, orange, yellow, and red, with a large transparent triangle in the center that brightens each color.
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Applies toheadmates
CoinerThe Felight system

A maslow (maz·low)[1] is a headmate whose role is to ensure the system fulfills Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to the best of their ability, so that everyone feels as healthy and happy as possible. A maslow may accomplish their role by fronting themself, or by encouraging their headmates to take care of tasks that contribute to the overall system’s well-being. A maslow promotes beneficial behaviors, and discourages ones that defeat their efforts to acheive and maintain a holistic life.

This term may also be used by headmates who do not focus on the hierarchy itself if the overall concept of furthering the system's welfare resonates with them.

Term Origin[edit | edit source]

The term maslow originates from the concept of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

“Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid.

"From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological (food and clothing), safety (job security), love and belonging needs (friendship), esteem, and self-actualization.

"Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to higher needs.”[2]

However, a maslow may not take a hierarchical approach to needs, instead choosing to promote or enforce positive behaviors and skills where they deem necessary, regardless of positioning on the hierarchy.

Related Terms[edit | edit source]

A maslow may or may not serve as a primary fronter/outernaut for their system. A maslow may also participate in the roles of manager or caretaker, depending on their system’s specific needs. They may also serve as a socializer, assidumate, hygienist, housekeeper, etc, depending on the kind of fronting tasks they participate in.

A maslow may be considered an officium depending on their system’s level of reliance on them.

Because a system’s needs may be ever-changing, or be different based on who is fronting, a maslow may be considered an accodare or worker.

History[edit | edit source]

The term was coined by the Felight system in April 2023 to describe their tulpa, Miselto Frost.

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