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Toward a Psychology of Being

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"If we wish to help humans to become more fully human, we must realize not only that they try to realize themselves, but that they are also reluctant or afraid or unable to do so. Only by fully appreciating this dialectic between sickness & health can we help to tip the balance in favor of health."--Abraham Maslow
Maslow's theories of self-actualization & the hier
Paperback, 2nd, 256 pages
Published 1968 by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. (NYC et al.) (first published November 30th 1961)
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Most of us have heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

But do most of us apply it?

First we need to fulfill our physiological needs. Next we need security (this includes health, employment, family). Thirdly we need love and a sense of belongingness. Fourthly we need respect of/from others for a healthy self-esteem.

The ultimate step is self-actualization: fulfillment of the person's potential. Maslow estimates that less than 1% of the population reach this peak.

The fact that so few achieve this m
Erik Graff
Dec 22, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maslow fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
I'd been introducted to Abraham Maslow in a Grinnell College seminar on Humanistic Psychology sponsored by the Department of Religion. My interest in psychology had started two years before when draft resistance and threats of prosecution had led to a year's leave from school. Securing a series of undemanding jobs, I had plenty of time to study, beginning with what I thought was the beginning of modern psychotherapeutics, i.e. the depth psychologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth ce ...more
I believe I first read Maslow's 'Toward a psychology of being' in the mid sixties, and in the early seventies portions came to mind for my dissertation.

I recommend this book for those with difficulty comprehending their position in life. In the sixth grade I was listening to two boys having an argument. Soon, I realized it was not the argument it seemed, but an attempt by both to seem 'better' than the other, possibly for the benefit of the crowd who was likely to judge them. This opened my eye
Mutlu Cankay
Taoist felsefeyi kendi "piramid kuramıyla" harmanlayan, Maslow, Sağlıklı insanın arkaplanı ve psikolojisi üzerinde durmuş. Kimi yerde ahlak fesefesine giren ve Aristocu dikotomik ( ikilikçi ) görüşleri yeren yazar, parapsikolojinin sınırlarda gezmiş ama içeri adım atmamış. Nörofizyolojik temellerden ari bir kuram ( o yıllarda görüntüleme teknikleri mevcut değildi ) meydana getiren yazar, özellikle biyolojik gereksinim konularında sıklıkla çelişkilere düşmüş. Varoluşçuların en güçlü temsilcilerin ...more
Rosa Ramôa
“Eu queria provar que os seres humanos são capazes de algo maior do que guerras, o preconceito e o ódio. Eu queria fazer ciência considerar todos os problemas que os cientistas não conseguiram: a religião, a poesia, valores, filosofia, arte. Eu continuei com eles tentando entender as pessoas grandes, os melhores exemplares da humanidade que pude encontrar”
(Abraham Maslow)
Esteban del Mal
Got Peak Experience?
It is amazing how at the core of my job, Maslow's hierarchy of human needs serve as the framework for which I do any other therapy. This book is one that I reference often in my own practice today as I serve many clients who do not have their basic needs met. I have learned that if I do not address these needs first, my clients are unable to progress any further in therapy.
Lily Pilly
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is simply timeless for me. I read this many moons ago and then read it again. He had a huge influence on me as a person and as a helper.

I recommend this book anyone because his language is easy to understand but will leave you thinking...and thinking..
J Ruth
If you're prepared to use your brain while reading this book deserve 5 stars. It's complex and obviously written by a genius. THE Maslow. A greatly affirming, illuminating journey into the heart of being.
Amanda EVHS Luong
I felt overwhelmed while reading this book. Maybe it was too complex for me. No, the parts I understood really inspired me but during other parts, I was just so confused. It was a blend of philosophy and psychology and I could really relate to some parts. Maslow talks about the psychology of healthy people instead of sick people like many other psychologists do. The main idea is his hierarchy of needs and self actualization, which is the highest level. People always want to grow and become bette ...more
David Eff
Difficult to get through because of the density of information and involved concepts it dealt with, but extremely rewarding and insightful. I came away with a better understanding of humanistic psychology, myself, and humanity in general. It's a shame that Maslow's often reduced to "the hierarchy of needs guy," because even though that little pyramid is symbolic of his theories, he had a lot more really amazing things to say.
Gordon Hilgers
As a theory, this book is quite good for 1954. For the first time, Maslow decided to study healthy individuals and discovered many things that are now so deep in our common understanding that "Toward a Psychology of Being" seems like a reprise. I have always admired Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and this book qualifies and quantifies self-actualization.
Hyun Myung
Insightful! His ideas would serve as a broad, reliable framework within which we can interpret our thoughts and behaviours.

The author attempts to build a philosophy-psychology bridge, which is a necessary one but currently neglected and disdained in much of scientific psychology.

As the author concedes, the ideas written here are more philosophical, theoretical, and speculative - rather than scientifically sound. Therefore, the thought "is it true?" would not yield significant benefits to readers
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
I remember being realy impressed with Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" when discovering it for the first time.

Here it is:

1. Physiological
-breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homoestasis, excretion

2. Safety
-security of body, of employment, of resources, of morality, of the family, of health, of property

3. Love/Belonging
-friendship, family, sexual intimacy

4. Esteem
-self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others

5. Self-actualization
-morality, creativity, spontaneity, proble
Jenifer Stark
They should just hand this out when you hit 30. Mandatory reading.
E.M. Murren
One of the best books on humanity ever written IMO.
Kevin Klarić
''Humanistic psychology will one day change it's name to just being ''Psychology'' A. Maslow. I Agree with him. This has been one of the greatest books on Psychology I have ever read. If you want to learn more about the true nature of a human being, you should read it. The ideas of Maslow and humanist psychologists have been considered wrong for quite some time now, by as we can see, they are slowly starting to prove themselves to be true. They are in sync with Eastern philosophy and they strive ...more
Teri Temme
What a man can be, he must be! ~Abraham Maslow

Favorite quote. Love reading his thoughts.
Excellent content! With potentially profound ramifications for the world. However, I rated it a star less than 5, due to personal preference regarding the structure and style of his writing. Just being pedantic I suppose, but great theory nonetheless!
Michael Beaton
Details later. A seminal Book. This is the sort of book I read, and reread on a continual basis.

Started a new shelf just for this class of book : Seminal : Those books that are part of the substructure of my paradigm.
Wasn't this book an inspiration! Maslow's Heirachy of Needs is still in use, and I think he was one of the first to talk about peak experiences.
Scott Ford
This is a dated work, I know. But it's really a very worth-while read. Lots of good stuff here to be mined about personal growth.
You just have to teach Americans like me to stop working and sit down and relax. Playing is good for the soul!
What did I learn from this book? Human beings rock. Hard. Or, at least, they potentially can.
Mind-bending and a shallenge... nothing less than what I expect from Maslow!
I've always enjoyed reading Maslow, for his focus on people at their best
Abe 'splains it all to you. Classic upper level college psychology read.
Kim T
pretty much the most in depth book on self-actualization out there.
Maslow does not get enough credit for his brilliance.
Carmen Casanova
my father gave this to me. insightful.
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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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