Sand Tray Therapy Experience: Maslow's Hierarchy

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Sand Tray Therapy Experience: Maslow's Hierarchy #1

Sand Tray Therapy Experience: Maslow's Hierarchy #1

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The Maslow’s Hierarchy Sand Tray Therapy experience that I completed was a design of each need in the in the hierarchy such as the following physiological, safety, love/belonging/social interaction, esteem, self-actualization.

All of these needs must be met according to Maslow’s Hierarchy. Each layer is a description of my life. It is very difficult to explain the affects that I had making this Maslow’s Hierarchy Sand Tray. I felt at peace and pleased with making it.

This sand tray therapy experience is an illustration of my need to express, create, and self-actualize my personal encounters in existence.

The purpose of the landscape is to filter the essence of an authentic landscape of the importance of safety needs, social needs, esteem needs, and finally self-actualization.

It conveys an expression of a genuine landscape in a miniature size. Each miniature describes a part of my life. Creating this sand tray helped me to express an authentic landscape of my mood and genuine thoughts. This was a great project to do because it recognized the basis from which Maslow’s Hierarchy describes.

Also it helped me to clear my mind. This sand tray therapy technique gives me a sense of ease and a feeling of harmony. This has encouraged me to work on each level in the hierarchy that creates growth and maximizes my potential.

This design is for me to look at when I want to reflect back on my life experiences. I will always reflect back on how this project can help me in applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

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