This sounds quite reasonable at first, but I've always wondered how starving artists and jaded celebrities fit into this hierarchy. Basically Dr. Maslow's saying all truly great, memorable art is created by people who are well-adjusted and not needy or otherwise screwed up, which is just hilariously inaccurate. You could make the argument most bad art is made by extremely confident, delusional, unselfconscious people.

And what about guys like Johnny Depp who has admitted he doesn't even like his movies? He pretty much just makes films to pay for his lifestyle at this point.

It's not just ennui or artistic drives but people literally starve or cripple themselves to be liked.

Perhaps the hierarchy does not apply to abnormal psychological cases? Or certain aspects apply only to certain individuals?