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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 
Gang Enforcement's new "2-Minute Training Tuesday" is a free weekly audio/video training designed to give you basic "roll call" designed training points in just a couple of minutes in gangology, gang enforcement and/or professional development principles. This week's topic is....

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

​By joining a gang, youths fill a void or satisfy a need in their lives. This can be explained with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory. “We each have a hierarchy of needs that ranges from lower to higher. As lower needs are fulfilled there is a tendency for other, higher needs to emerge.” Maslow’s theory maintains that a person does not feel a higher need until the needs of the current level are satisfied.

The external needs include:

  • Physiological – food, air, water, clothing and sex
  • Safety – protection, stability, pain avoidance, routine and order
  • Belonging – affection, acceptance and inclusion
  • Esteem – self-esteem, self-respect, respect of others and respect by others
  • ​Self-Actualization – achieve full potential and achievement 
The internal needs include: 
  • Self-confidence 
  • Love 
  • Health 
  • As well as, emotional and spiritual security
Two things can result when these needs are not met: 
  • The price they pay: youth join a gang to receive the basic needs of love, supervision, spiritual guidance, etc. 
  • What they do to other people: they gain “respect” showing how brave or tough they are by physically harming or killing another person. 
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