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Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow (1908–1970) was an American psychologist who developed humanistic psychology, a perspective that fundamentally shifted modern psychology away from focusing on the abnormal and the ill to fostering a person’s innate ability to improve their mental health. He is most famous for creating what is now known as “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” which lays out a framework for achieving self-actualization, or the full expression of a person’s psychological health and abilities.

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What even is "Self-Actualization"?-Humanistic Theory

Learn more about personality psychology, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Carl Rogers, and the humanistic perspective.

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A Theory of Human Motivation

2013 Reprint of 1943 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This is the article in which Maslow first presented his hierarchy of needs. It was first printed in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation".

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Maslow’s Forgotten Pinnacle: Self-Transcendence

Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs is depicted as a triangle with self-actualization at the very top. Right before his death, Maslow wanted to add another to the hierarchy: Self-transcendence.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageTo the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.

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Toward a Psychology of Being

In this compelling book, Professor Maslow uses studies of psychologically healthy people and of the healthiest experiences and moments in the lives of average people to demonstrate that human beings can be loving, noble and creative, that they are capable of pursuing the highest values and...

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What Does It Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century?

Many people are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, in which he argued that basic needs such as safety, belonging, and self-esteem must be satisfied (to a reasonable healthy degree) before being able to fully realize one's unique creative and humanitarian potential.

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The Farther Reaches of Human Nature

Abraham H. Maslow was one of the foremost spokespersons of humanistic psychology.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.

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The Psychology of Self-Transformation

In this video, relying on the ideas of thinkers such as Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow and Ralph Waldo Emerson, we examine how we can change ourselves so as to live more fulfilling lives.

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Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

A bold reimagining of Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs—and new insights for realizing your full potential and living your most creative, fulfilled, and connected life.

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