Psychology Basics Motivation Are You Motivated by Want or Need? Here's the Breakdown Share Pin Email More in Psychology Basics Motivation Research Methods States of Consciousness Psychology Education Psychological Testing Topics Emotion Quizzes E-Course View All Personality Development Cognitive Psychology Developmental Psychology Behavioral Theories Psychosocial Theories History Personality Psychology Leadership Psychotherapy Neuroscience and Biological Psychology Branches Social Psychology For Students Glossary View All Updated May 27, 2016 If you've ever been confused over want vs need, then this video is a great place to get some clarification. Looking at Maslow's hierarchy of needs, we explore examples of things we want – shoes, chocolate cake, sleep – and determine if we actually need them. Up Next Up Next List What Are Religious Views on Birth Control? Up Next Article Try This Sample Work Flexibility Proposal Memo Up Next Article What Exactly Is Self-Esteem? Up Next Article How Does the Need to Belong Influence Behavior and Motivation?