Today, I briefly mentioned Maslow's theory in the ENTP and the inability to maintain a long term relationship thread.
I'm not ashamed to acknowledge, my personal experience aligns with Maslow's theory. I can say for the sake of clarity, I'm trying to find a way of looking at the following 2-quotes from ENTP's in a way that makes sense:
I wonder if perhaps the reason for that may be... Deficiencies within the level of love on Maslow's hierarchy [see chart below] – due to neglect, shunning, ostracism, bullying, etc. – can impact the individual's ability to form and maintain emotionally significant relationships in general. [Source: Maslow's hierarchy of needs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
@Jarlaxle's response to them made a lot of sense to me...
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
The most fundamental and basic four layers of the pyramid contain what Maslow called "deficiency needs" or "d-needs": esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical needs. If these "deficiency needs" are not met – with the exception of the most fundamental (physiological) need – there may not be a physical indication, but the individual will feel anxious and tense.
Deficiencies within the level of love on Maslow's hierarchy – due to neglect, shunning, ostracism, etc. – can impact the individual's ability to form and maintain emotionally significant relationships in general. According to Maslow, humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among their social groups, regardless whether 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 (suicidal) 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.
Source: Maslow's hierarchy of needs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia