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Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham H.…

Toward a Psychology of Being (1962)

by Abraham H. Maslow

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"If we wish to help humans to become more fully human, we mustrealize not only that they try to realize themselves, but that theyare also reluctant or afraid or unable to do so. Only by fullyappreciating this dialectic between sickness and health can we helpto tip the balance in favor of health." -Abraham Maslow Abraham Maslow's theories of self-actualization and the hierarchyof human needs are the cornerstone of modern humanistic psychology,and no book so well epitomizes those ideas as his classic Toward aPsychology of Being. A profound book, an exciting book, its influence continues tospread, more than a quarter century after its author's death,beyond psychology and throughout the humanities, social theory, andbusiness management theory. Of course, the book's enduring popularity stems from the importantquestions it raises and the answers it provides concerning what isfundamental to human nature and psychological well-being, and whatis needed to promote, maintain, and restore mental and emotionalwell-being. But its success also has to do with Maslow's uniqueability to convey difficult philosophical concepts with passion,precision, and astonishing clarity, and, through the power of hiswords, to ignite in readers a sense of creative joy and wholenesstoward which we, as beings capable of self-actualization,strive. This Third Edition makes Abraham Maslow's ideas accessible to a newgeneration of psychology students, as well as businesspeople,managers, and trainers interested in applying the study of humanbehavior to management techniques. An energetic and articulate scholar, Professor Maslow was theauthor of more than twenty books, including Eupsychian Management;Psychology of Science; Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences;Motivation and Personality; and Principles of Abnormal Psychology(with B. Mittelmann). He also edited New Knowledge in Human Valuesand wrote nearly one hundred articles. His teachings continue to bea staple for psychologists and psychology students. "Capacities clamor to be used, and cease their clamor only whenthey are well used. . . . Not only is it fun to use our capacities,but it is necessary for growth. The unused skill or capacity ororgan can become a disease center or else atrophy or disappear,thus diminishing the person." -Abraham Maslow Toward a Psychology of Being, Third Edition Abraham Maslow doesn't pretend to have easy answers, absolutes, orsolutions that bring the relief of finality-but he does have a deepbelief in people. In this Third Edition of Toward a Psychology ofBeing (the original edition sold well over 100,000 copies), thereis a constant optimistic thrust toward a future based on theintrinsic values of humanity. Professor Maslow states that, "Thisinner nature, as much as we know of it so far, seems not to beintrinsically evil, but rather either neutral or positively 'good.'What we call evil behavior appears most often to be a secondaryreaction to frustration of this intrinsic nature." He demonstratesthat human beings can be loving, noble, and creative, and arecapable of pursuing the highest values and aspirations. This Third Edition will bring Professor Maslow's ideas to a wholenew generation of business and psychology readers, as well asanyone interested in the study of human behavior.… (more)



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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. ( )
  DF1158 | Oct 20, 2019 |
A classic!
  PruittCenter | Sep 25, 2019 |
Il testo di Maslow e' uno di quelli che ha contribuito a fare la storia della psicologia. E' un capace narratore e piacevole da leggere: le cadute nel linguaggio meramente tecnico sono rare e il tutto e' assai comprensibile. Le implicazioni di quanto esposto hanno portato alla nascita di una nuova corrente di pensiero ed è molto utile - piu' che leggere riassunti su Wikipedia o altrove su quanto esposto in questo testo - risalire alla fonte e bearsi delle intuizioni dell'autore.
Saltata la parte sulle peak experience, questa davvero utile per chi si occupa di ricerca, ma ridondante al lettore medio. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Got Peak Experience? ( )
  KidSisyphus | Apr 5, 2013 |
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There is now emerging over the horizon a new conception of human sickness and of human health, a psychology that I find so thrilling and so full of wonderful possibilities that I yield to the temptation to present it publicly even before it is checked and confirmed, and before it can be called reliable scientific knowledge.
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