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WEEK 1–Society, Science and Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead

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Rejoice–The Walking Dead is back!  I will get you caught up on the first week of eCornell’s/ AMC’s class with a lecture on “The Foundation of Survival”.  I’ll tell you a little bit about what I learned about “Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs” and how it applies to this week’s episode of The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 1).

MASLOW’S HEIRARCHY OF NEEDS

Abraham Maslow was a 1950s-era psychologist who, through his research and observations, developed a hierarchy of human needs.  He placed these beliefs in a pyramid shape with the most important, physiological needs, at the bottom.   Maslow believed that people were “basically honest, self-reliant and self-regulating with a tendency to seek relationships, growth and love.”  Per his pyramid, he thought that it was important for the lower-listed needs to be met before moving onto the higher-listed ones.  He believed that there was conflict when: 1)  these needs were not met or 2) a less important need was prioritized before a more important need was fulfilled.  Here are those needs from most important (physiological) to least important (self-actualization):

Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs

Many critics of this argue that the order that people experience needs can vary, the order of these needs can vary by culture (for example, some regard esteem more highly than safety) and regression of needs is possible.

HOW IT APPLIES TO THE SHOW

Clearly, the post-apocalyptic world that the characters live in shakes up the fulfillment of their lower-level needs.  From a pre- to post- zombie world, this has changed their motivations, as well as their perceptions.   In the most recent episode “30 Days Without an Accident” (Season 4, Episode 1), you can see the relationships and structures that have been created or strengthened by an environment that demonstrates a limited threat to their physiological and safety needs.  However, we see that fulfillment of these base needs has shifted opinions on things, like whether children should be carrying guns.  (According to Carol and Carl, the answer is “Yes, and we’ll teach them how to use them”.)  Even Rick’s three questions to newcomers reflects the difficult choices that have had to be made to fulfill basic human needs: 1) “How many walkers have you killed?” 2) “How many people have you killed?” and 3) “Why?”.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Clara (Kerry Condon) in Episode 1  Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Clara (Kerry Condon) in Episode 1
Photo by Gene Page/AMC

In this week’s discussions, we were asked:

  1. Was anyone self-actualized in their pre-zombie lives?  ( I said Dale)
  2. What would need to happen for Glenn and Maggie for them to reach self-actualization? (I thought that things had to get really good before everyone got there, even these love birds)
  3. Where is the best place to effectively hunker down during a zombie apocalypse? (I picked a mall!)

 

Leave your thoughts in the comments below and then stay tuned next week for “WEEK 2–Public Health and Infectious Diseases”!

 

The Walking AbbieAbbie Elliot is a senior contributor for MCM and a writer for ‘Under the Tuscan Gun, part of “The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” with actress Debi Mazar (Entourage’s Shauna Roberts) and husband Gabriele Corcos. She has served as managing editor for ‘DC on Heels’, and has written professionally for organizations like The White House Commission on Remembrance and AOL/The Huffington Post. Follow her on twitter: @abbie_b_elliott or email abbie.b.elliott@gmail.com

 

‘This is the End’ is Comedic Gold

Personally, there were reasonable expectations when approaching the new Seth Rogan-helmed comedy, This is the End. Co-written by Evan Goldberg (whose claim to fame was co-writing Superbad and Pineapple Express with Rogan) as well as taking the director’s chair for the first time, the comedic possibilities about an end-of-the-world scenario are actually limitless when done right. Read more

Review: Bailey Ryan and Mindy Robinson Team Up for Veronique Von Venom

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It’s official!  Our very own Bailey Ryan has been cast in season 2 of the internet sensation Veronique von Venom: Horror Hostess Hottie, starring Mindy Robinson. Read more

A Man’s Man: The Jack Dagger Interview

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He was named one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was made into a comic by Stan Lee. He’s even partied with Anne Rice.

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Celebrity Interview: Smokin’ Hot Mindy Robinson

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Men’s Confidence Magazine was blessed this week with a visit from the ever so sexy Mindy Robinson.  She was born and raised in Fall River, MA., but now calls Los Angeles her home.  She is an actress, model, comedian, and reality star that has appeared in numerous comedies, horror films, and music videos.  To say she’s hot is an understatement.  She was voted sexiest girl on Facebook AND recently was voted #18 in the top 100 hottest girls in Hollywood. She honored me with a one on one sit-down, and it turns out she is really approachable, sweet, and down to earth.  I love this girl!

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Celebrity Interview: Sexy Virginia Hankins

Men’s Confidence Magazine is expanding, and part of that expansion gives me the power to sit

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down with Hollywood’s hottest celebs and interview them for the magazine.  When I was given the assignment, the first person that popped into my head is the extremely gorgeous Virginia Hankins.  I first saw her at the Renaissance Faire, jousting and sword fighting men twice her size and kicking their butt in the process. To my extreme pleasure, she was willing to sit down with me.  She is one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. She’s is the first female knight in the history of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, has played Joan of Arc on TV, and rumor has it she was the inspiration for Princess Merida from Pixar’s Brave. Sexy as hell AND down to earth, this girl is the entire package.  She is an actress, model, stuntwoman, and… weapons expert? I had to find out more. Read more

The Hottest World of Warcraft Girls Ever

Men’s Confidence Magazine has added a new gaming section to the magazine, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the section than with smokin’ hot girls. Most guys assume that it’s an all male club, and that if a girl plays, shes probably ugly. Well stop assuming boys… we’ve compiled a list of who MCM thinks are the HOTTEST girls to ever grace World of Warcraft. Read more

Ask Her, Vol. 8 The Brian Howard Show

Have you ever wondered what I sound like in person?  What I think about anal sex? Now you can find out!

Today I had the pleasure to be a guest on the Brian Howard Show in Los Angeles California.  I was the resident relationship expert and had an amazing time.  I was in studio with the funny and talented Brian Howard, the sexy and unkillable Jennifer Lynne, and the amazing Jack Dagger who (no joke) was rated as one of People Magazine’s 100 sexiest people, and has appeared on Conan O’Brien and the Tonight Show.

Special Thanks to The Texifornia Tamale Co, located in Blue Jay, CA for donating the most incredible food we’ve ever eaten.  I’m serious.  If you are in Southern California, stop by Lake Arrowhead/Blue Jay and give them a try.  You will be glad you made the drive. It’s road trip worthy. Give em a call at (909) 336-1200, and tell them that Bailey Ryan sent you.

Additional thanks are due to A Shot Above Bartending for supplying the Jello shots for the SEX CONTEST on the show.  Listen now to hear the fun and games!  Give them a call for ALL you bartending needs.

Listen to me talk about anal sex, orgasms, and the truth about open relationships:

Visit: The Brian Howard Show, featuring Bailey Ryan and listen now!