Motivation taxonomy

The taxonomy of motivations of normal, healthy people is described by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. But to complete the picture it needs to be expanded by considering personality disorders as the ultimate inflexible source of motivations.

  • Deficiency needs
    • Physiological needs
      • Air
      • Food
      • Water
      • Sex
      • Sleep
      • Homeostasis
      • Sanitation
    • Security needs
      • Personal security
      • Financial security
      • Health and well-being
      • Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts
    • Love/Belonging
      • Friendship
      • Intimacy
      • Family
    • Esteem
      • Self-esteem
      • Confidence
      • Achievement
      • Respect
  • Growth needs
    • Cognitive needs
      • Knowledge
      • Understanding
      • Truth (reality)
      • Completion (ending)
      • Meaningfulness (values)
      • Wholeness (unity)
      • Problem solving
    • Aesthetic needs
      • Creativity
      • Beauty (rightness of form)
      • Symmetry
      • Perfection (balance and harmony)
      • Simplicity (essence)
      • Richness (complexity)
      • Uniqueness (individuality)
      • Playfulness (ease)
      • Spontaneity
    • Self-actualization
      • Morality
      • Luck of prejudice
      • Justice (fairness)
      • Goodness (benevolence)
      • Acceptance of facts
      • Autonomy (self-sufficiency)

Here is ICD-10 psychiatric nosology of personality disorders:

  • (F00–F09) Organic, including symptomatic, mental disorders
  • (F10–F19) Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use
  • (F20–F29) Schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders
  • (F30–F39) Mood (affective) disorders
  • (F40–F48) Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders
  • (F50–F59) Behavioural syndromes associated with physiological disturbances and physical factors
  • (F60–F69) Disorders of adult personality and behaviour
  • (F70–F79) Mental retardation
  • (F80–F89) Disorders of psychological development
  • (F90–F98) Behavioural and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence

TODO

  • There are high level motivations but can we link all of them to the basic motivations? If we can, and I suppose 5 whys technique can be used for that purpose, that will create an acyclic directed graph of motivations. If we cannot we are essentially in troubles as it’s highly improbable anyone can classify high level motivations.
  • Can motivations of groups of people, especially commercial entities be tracked back to the basic motivations? If not we will need a different taxonomy and there will be question on how group and group member motivations relates to personal ones.

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