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The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (Esalen Book)

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Abraham H. Maslow was one of the foremost spokespersons of humanistic psychology. In The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature, an extension of his classic Toward a Psychology of Being, Maslow explores the complexities of human nature by using both the empirical methods of science and the aesthetics of philosophical inquiry. With essays on biology, synergy, creativity, cognitio ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Penguin (first published 1971)
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In this book, the three chapters that spoke to me the most are: Neurosis as a failure of personal growth, emotional blocks to creativity, and a holistic approach to creativity.

I shall try here to enumerate how they apply to me.

Personally, I feel the most restless, fastidious, and anxious when I feel I’ve hit a wall in my personal or professional life. I agree with Maslow how, at the initial stages, I used to ignore the inner signals, and run away with what we call ‘fate’. All this changed, howe
Sep 07, 2009 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maslow's works are classicism in thought and substance..because neither can be defined when speaking of is mutable...and connected in every scientifically developed theory in the area of psychology..when followers of the hard sciences -observe human behavior cross culturally
the realization that culture impacts on the development of thought which therefore skews any statistical hard evidence of why people behave they way they do.. read this book many times.. it is my reference point
Erik Graff
Apr 08, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in psychology
Recommended to Erik by: college psychology professor
Shelves: psychology
I was first exposed to Abraham Maslow's psychology in college. Being unwilling as a vegetarian to participate in the dread "rat lab", Grinnell's sympathetic psychology department allowed me to do the introductory course as a guided reading project with Professor Morse. Although I avoided laboratory work, I was probably forced to read a lot more than the average beginning student and, given possible prejudices on the part of the professor, I probably was directed more towards traditional depth ps ...more
Henric Svenningsson
Dec 11, 2013 Henric Svenningsson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book about the definition of humanity and the importance of seeing the world from the eyes of the human being. Maslows theory about humans basically born as good and moral really appeals to the you and the aim in life to be "fully human" is a positive and stimulating alternative to other psychological theories negative or neutral perspective on the human being. Maslow presents his theories and explain them in a logical and convincing way and youll find yourself reading the chapters over ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Sarah is currently reading it
One of my top ten read. Therefore, it has a special spot to remain when not being read, and is re-read for pleasure every few years. Truly, one of the books all people of the literate world should have read this by twenty or fifteen, but we do not. I love this (and all of Maslow's work), because he had the courage to put what some think into an amazing classic of knowledge about our inner-self. Plus he has constructing the ideal person, and the feasibility of people being amazing. Great read.... ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
What grabbed me in the book was the insist on "the being" values and how Maslow relates our self-actualization and peak needs to having met the basic trivial needs that everyone of us have. For someone who is so into satisfying his/her basic physiological and social needs, this book can be very provoking to see higher horizons and touch metaneeds. And, this is not a book to read once.
Ric Underhile
Sep 09, 2010 Ric Underhile rated it it was amazing
Shelves: citizenship
A book I review and reflect on over and over. Timeless and profound, it is a guide to personal and professional enlightenment.
Mar 13, 2011 DoubleM rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and educational.
Jan 30, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I was impressed with this book by Abraham Maslow as he looked at human potential in many aspects of modern culture from business to science to family to education and more. He applies his hierachy of needs to these different aspects of society and gives examples, from the basics of survival in these areas up the pyramid to the self-actualization or transcendence beyond these social institutions. The book covers area of human thought and action including creativity, health, values, education, bei ...more
Sybe Starkenburg
Aug 21, 2016 Sybe Starkenburg rated it it was amazing
I have chooses self-actualisation as one of the main corner stones of my book. I am of the opinion that the self actualised person is the fulfilled person; both rationally and spiritually. No other author has been more clear in his research than Maslow. Maslow wrote about a possible 'tick list' for traits that make us human. For my book I have taken his first steps an compiled a more complete list.
May 21, 2015 Akiva rated it really liked it
I was able to relate to a lot of it. His articles were a good introduction to bringing human values into the domain of science. He included many testable hypotheses for example. I found many parts relatable and seemingly true [hindsight bias?], though many parts were boring. Particularly I like the articles where he went to a rehab community, and his chapter on good vs bad societies. Maybe it is the U/Distopian in me
Teri Temme
Jul 26, 2014 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing
Favorite quote from this book: Notes on Innocent Cognition: "You can't "undo" knowledge, you can't really become innocent again; once you have seen something, you can't undo the seeing. Knowledge is irreversible, perceiving is irreversible, knowing is irreversible; in this sense you can't go home again. You can't really regress, not even by giving up your sanity or strength altogether."

Thought provoking and mind expanding, this text is wonderful.
May 10, 2010 Kirk added it
How could young people not be disappointed and disillusioned? What else could be the result of getting all the material and animal gratifications and then not being happy, as they were led to expect, not only by the theorists, but also by the conventional wisdom of parents and teachers, and the insistent gray lies of the advertisers?
May 15, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it
Interesting book on Maslow's theories about reaching peak experiences, self actualization and other related themes. It's a collection of Maslow's articles and reads like he's writing for other psychologists, as opposed to anyone, so pretty dense but cool at times to get a deeper look at some of these theories we've all heard about.
Todd B Stevens
May 11, 2009 Todd B Stevens rated it really liked it
Maslow is one of the few psychologists after Freud, who is Freud, that makes any sense at all. His idea is a humanistic psychology, based on a hierarchy of needs. We all feel, eventually Maslow's hierarchy.

K. M.
Aug 08, 2016 K. M. rated it really liked it
Maslow expands on his idea of self-transcendence, the final tip of the pyramid beyond self-actualization. The book is essentially a collection of papers published as he developed his metamotivational theory.
I think a lot of the current Outliers book could be found in this book.
Elisabeth Kinsey
Apr 05, 2008 Elisabeth Kinsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: introspective types.
Recommended to Elisabeth by: Me
Heavy, I know, but I'm such a Humanist, and this has tons of great stuff about teaching from a Creative p.o.v. and how people who live in the "now" can also tap creativity and happiness.
Michael Beaton
Mar 08, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very hard work.
Oct 04, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: humandevelopment
Still a classic, but far too many extrinsic factors now that complicate these theories.
Markus R.
Nov 15, 2011 Markus R. rated it it was amazing
Eye opening. Inspiring. Top 10 book ever.
Jun 18, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
maslows hierarchy of needs and sh*t. reccommended
Apr 04, 2013 Matthewtus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: matthewtus
A deeper look at humanity's potential; not just in the physical aspects, but the psychological and the perceptional aspects too. Thought-provoking, to say the least.
Oct 23, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok
This is a good introduction to Maslow and focuses on material besides his hierarchy of needs. I didn't care for it, but fans of Maslow will probably like this book.
Eliezer Sneiderman
Dec 01, 2013 Eliezer Sneiderman rated it really liked it
A good beginning, but, Maslow is too connected to empiricism to truly follow his ideas to their conclusions.
Tiffany Breyne
Aug 21, 2011 Tiffany Breyne rated it really liked it
Requires a lot of focus to get through, but he makes a lot of interesting points with his theories on creativity.
Feb 25, 2012 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Have a long way to go.
MsCarol420 rated it really liked it
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In 1908, Abraham H. Maslow was born, the first of seven children, to immigrant Russian Jewish parents, in New York City. He received his BA in 1930, his MA in 1931 and his Ph.D in 1934, all in psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maslow taught full time at Brooklyn College, then at Brandeis, where he was named Chair of Psychology in 1951. Maslow, a humanist-based psychologist, is ...more
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