Ladder dating theory
Each of these individual levels contains a certain amount of internal sensation that must be met in order for an individual to complete their hierarchy. Maslow's classification hierarchy has been revised over time.
The original hierarchy states that a lower level must be completely satisfied and fulfilled before moving onto a higher pursuit.
However, today scholars prefer to think of these levels as continuously overlapping each other.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization and transcendence at the top.
While this choice is a subconscious decision one must be aware that this process does occur.
Before this point the male does not reside on either of the two ladders because he is not important enough to even consider.
Rare cases where a friendship developed into an intimate relationship(3) include factors such as a gut level attraction between both parties before the friendship began (therefore really being classified as a long-term secret crush, which is put on the bottom rungs of the lover ladder as opposed to being a part of the friend ladder), or a guy completely reinventing himself into a completely different person (see the film Just Friends).
Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity.
FRIENDSHIP LADDEROnce a male has been put onto the friend ladder his chances of transferring over to the lover ladder become very unlikely.
It is possible for him to become better friends with the female therefore advancing towards the top of the friend ladder, but as the male advances towards the top of the friend ladder the gap between the friend ladder and the lover ladder grows larger.
Guy X is on the “potential ladder”, and Guy Y is on the “friends ladder”.
When a female meets a male in the wild she automatically puts the male on one of two ladders (fig.1).