Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any particular way that my Pie chart should ideally look?

No. The shape of your life is the shape of your life - for now at least. Ideally, your scores improve over time in areas of your life that are important to you, and in which you’re putting in effort towards improvement.

Who developed Pietential?

Pietential is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is an idea put forth originally in Maslow’s paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in the journal Psychological Review. in 1943. It has become a prevailing thought construct in developmental psychology regarding the human motivations and basic human needs that are common to us all.

Though professionals in the fields of psychology, therapy, counseling and professional life coaching generally agree with the needs Maslow outlined, many take issue with them being articulated as hierarchical.

In 2019 John Starling, a long time professional life coach, performance coach and business growth strategist reverse engineered these needs into a survey that generates a pie chart showing the survey respondent’s current life balance, and offering observations, advice and coaching that correspond to the self-scored survey.

You can learn more about Pietential’s origin story by watching a short video here.

Why is Pietential’s basic version free?

The founders and staff at Pietential have committed that there will always be a free version of Pietential in order that it can be a democratizing force for personal, organizational, community and global well-being.

Pietential empowers people to Visualize their current state of being, Analyze ideas and actions towards improvement, Realize their human and/or organizational potential, and Actualize positive changes in their mindset and attitude through conscious effort.

I’m a Pietential Subscriber. Who can see my results?

If you are a Pietential individual subscriber using the basic (free) version of Pietential you are in control of who sees your results. You can keep your results private, and at any time you can choose to share your results on social media, or download them as a PDF to send to people close to you. Many people choose to do this in order that the people in their network of friends, family, colleagues and associates can know where they stand in relationship to their personal growth and offer support.

I became a Pietential Subscriber through a PietentialADVISOR. Who can see my results?

Life coaches, counselors, fitness experts, nutritionists, business advisors, financial planners, and other trusted advisors rely on PietentialADVISOR to monitor the wellbeing of their clients and potential clients.

If your advisor has given you access to Pietential using their promo code then they can see your results and monitor them over time in order to support you. If you’re not comfortable with this, but want to continue to use Pietential we recommend than you not use the promo code that you were offered and instead register a PietentialPRO account, which will give you the ability to track your progress over time without the benefit of your advisor monitoring your progress. And, as with any Pietential account you can share your results with anyone (including your advisor) any time, at your discretion.

I became a Pietential Subscriber through my company. Can my boss see my results?

That’s up to you. Unless otherwise agreed upon by you and your company (usually through an addendum to your company’s employment agreement and/or privacy policy) our default system setting is that your name, email, scores, progress, and any insights, observations, advice or coaching offered are not shared with your employer - or anyone else - unless you change your user settings once logged in from DO NOT SHARE WITH MY EMPLOYER to SHARE WITH MY EMPLOYER. As with any version of Pietential. You can, at your discretion, always share your results on social media, as a PDF, or printed document.

Why should I become a PietentialPRO Subscriber?

To be clear it is not necessary to become a PietentialPRO subscriber. That’s completely up to you. The benefits of PietentialPro are a deeper level personal analysis, and the ability to track and measure your progress over time.

If you don’t become a PietentialPro subscriber you can still log back in and take the Pietential survey any time and receive a visualization of your current life balance, as well as observations, advice and coaching towards improving your life, but you’d have to screenshot your results, collect them and compare them over time. With PietentialPRO we do all of that for you, even line graphing your results over time.

Why hasn't Pietential included Aesthetics and Transcendence as part of its Survey and Platform?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory of human motivation proposed by psychologist Abraham Maslow in 1943. The theory suggests that human needs can be categorized into five levels of hierarchy, with each level building upon the previous one. The five levels include physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs.

While Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a widely recognized theory in psychology, some people have questioned why the theory only includes five levels, and why two additional levels, aesthetics and transcendence, were not included.

Aesthetics, or the need for beauty, order, and symmetry, was later identified by Maslow as a sixth level in his hierarchy of needs. This level was added to the hierarchy because Maslow recognized that humans have a need for aesthetic experiences that go beyond basic physiological and safety needs. Transcendence, or the need to go beyond oneself and connect with something greater, was added as a seventh level in Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Despite the addition of these two levels, Pietential did not include them in the development of its platform. The reason for this is that Pietential's focus is on the first five levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which are the most basic and fundamental needs that humans have.

Pietential's platform is designed to measure and improve the well-being of iniduals by addressing their physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization needs. The platform provides tools and resources to help iniduals meet their basic needs and progress towards self-actualization, which is the highest level of Maslow's hierarchy.

While aesthetics and transcendence are important needs, they are considered to be higher-level needs that are not as fundamental to human well-being as the first five levels. Pietential's platform focuses on the needs that are most essential for iniduals to feel safe, secure, and fulfilled.

Additionally, addressing aesthetics and transcendence needs can often be more difficult than addressing the lower-level needs. For example, providing opportunities for iniduals to connect with something greater or experience aesthetic beauty can be subjective and vary from person to person. 

Overall, Pietential's decision to focus on the first five levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a strategic one that is intended to maximize the impact of its platform on improving inidual well-being. By addressing the most fundamental needs, the platform can provide iniduals with the foundation they need to progress towards higher levels of self-actualization and transcendence.  

Once you achieve the balance you’re seeking… the rest, aesthetics, transcendence, or whatever else may be out there, or in here, or both (or beyond both) is up to you.

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