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A Theory of Human Motivation

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The present paper is an attempt to formulate a positive theory of motivation which will satisfy these theoretical demands and at the same time conform to the known facts, clinical and observational as well as experimental. It derives most directly, however, from clinical experience. This theory is, I think, in the functionalist tradition of James and Dewey, and is fused wi ...more
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Published December 6th 2013 by Start Publishing LLC
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Jyotika Varmani
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is actually not a book, just Dr. Maslow's original paper on his theory of motivation. It is indeed, an introduction to his hierarchy of needs and as he indicates in many footnotes, he has elaborated on most of his ideas in later works.

In this work, Maslow has focused on distinguishing higher-order human motivation from lower-order animal motivation. Accordingly, he insists on a shift from the psychoanalytic perspective on motivation to a more humane approach. He introduces the c
Shaun Marais
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was sold as an eBook but is more of an article. In it, Maslow describes the basic tenets of his theory - how the different levels of the pyramid of needs work in human behaviour.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am often surprised by other’s understanding of human motivation. I have heard argument’s that support a Freudian view of human behavior as determined; however, these same supporters always seem to claim that Sigmund Freud was wrong. Opposed to what many consider “the negative” view of human motivation Abraham H. Maslow’s presentation suggests that human motivation allows for a more positive interpretation.

The starting point for Maslow’s explanation begins with humanity’s need to achieve the basic satisfaction of that/>


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A very short and brief description of the system proposed by Abraham Maslow to assess human growth and development.

Maslow explains how the human motivation works, by dividing it in different stages, different levels, one supported over the other. The author delves deep into every one of this stages, explaining the implications of them from almost every point of view relevant to a human, since the practical to the philosophical.

It just makes sense. It is one of those topic
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I've heard the criticisms of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, but now I feel the criticizers have never read his seminal paper "A Theory of Human Motivation." He addresses many of the common criticisms, such as the fact that he doesn't take into account cultural differences (actually, he does), there is not enough data to back up his theory (he basically says, "I'm providing the theory, now let's test it"), and the hierarchy is too rigid or is unrealistic (he says, and again I'm paraphrasing, "I don ...more
Luiz Fabricio Calland Cerqueira
Simple and elegant, and yet, a comprehensive understanding of human motivanting. I delayed reading this many times, and shouldnt have. Is a pleasant reading, and explains much more than the pyramid leads us to believe. ...more
Landmark foundational paper, clearly written and easy to read.
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a Quick summary. Great start to a deeper understanding of psychology of human motivation and nature. Gr8 for people managers.
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It's a paper, not a book
Cherron Murray
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As an educator I often face students who basic needs such as food and shelter are not met. This book is a great start to understanding what should happen in most education institutes to address these needs in order to educate our students.
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Another peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food. He tends to think that, if only he is guaranteed food for the rest of his life, he will be perfectly happy and will never want anything more. Life itself tends to be defined in terms of eating. Anything else will be defi
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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