Toward a Psychology of Being

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Van Nostrand, 1968 - Humanistic psychology - 240 pages
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"Like few contemporary psychologists, Abraham Maslow has no answers, no absolutes, no solutions which bring the relief of finality. In this Second Edition of Toward a Psychology of Being, there is a constant optimistic thrust toward a future based on the intrinsic values of humanity. He demonstrates that human beings can be loving, noble, and creative, and are capable of pursuing the highest values and aspirations." -- Back Cover.

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User Review  - EM Murren - Goodreads

One of the best books on humanity ever written IMO. Read full review

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What a man can be, he must be! ~Abraham Maslow Favorite quote. Love reading his thoughts. Read full review

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About the author (1968)

In its first edition, Abraham Maslow's "Toward a Psychology of Being" (1962) sold more than 100,000 copies. Like R. D. Laing, Maslow questioned the old psychoanalytic notions of being well or ill "adjusted" to the world and spoke from a broadly human base. Human nature---the inner nature of every individual which is uniquely his or her own---"seems not to be . . . necessarily evil; . . . the basic human capacities are on their face either neutral, premoral or positively good." What we call evil behavior appears most often to be a secondary reaction to frustration of this intrinsic nature." On this foundation, Maslow built an affirmation of people and people's potentialities for self-fulfillment and psychological health. He considered his "humanistic" or "Eupsychian" approach to be part of the revolution then taking place in psychology, as in other fields, toward a new view of people. He saw people as sociable, creative, and loving beings whose welfare is not in the cure of "neurosis" or other ills, but on the development of their most socially and personally constructive potentials. Maslow was born in New York City and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was chairman of the psychology department at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He taught for 14 years at Brooklyn College, and was the president of the American Psychological Association from 1967 to 1968. His wife Bertha helped edit his journals and last papers after his death and assisted with a memorial volume about him.

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