If you’re reading this post, you are probably not worried about meeting your physiological needs, and you have probably spent quite a bit of time focused on the needs at the top of the pyramid.
However, this era of pandemic has triggered a reprioritization of needs for many of us - often on a lower level of the hierarchy. Many are now focused on something towards the middle of the pyramid or even the bottom. This is indicated by behaviors like buying up of supplies, and reassessing finances to meet needs of safety for example.
I think the model is even useful to consider in terms of business - many businesses have dropped down the hierarchy and are just looking to meet basic survival needs, rather than looking for growth.
I should note that this model has been criticized a fair bit, it wasn’t developed very scientifically and has cultural bias, and further research hasn’t found needs follow a strict hierarchy.
It’s still a useful model to add to your mental latticework, remembering the maxim:
All models are wrong, but some are useful!