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Motivation and Personality, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

Abraham H. Maslow , Robert Frager , James Fadiman , Cynthia McReynolds , Ruth Cox
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1987 0060419873 978-0060419875 3rd
The standard statement on self-actualisation and data. Applications are made to the theories and science of personality, psychotherapy, personal growth and general psychology.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 3rd edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060419873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060419875
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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185 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! October 23, 1999
The book's title and author intrigued me in the first place. I'd heard about Maslow's hierarchy of needs in college. Usually, about half a page or so was dedicated to it in general college psychology textbooks. What a disservice! Dipping one's big toe in the swimming pool is not the same as plunging into it. This book deserves to be plunged into, marked up, highlighted, commented on, thought about, and discussed. It is brilliant, original, fascinating, and readable. I'm not sure how to say it because there is so much, but I would say that what makes it especially unique is its study of psychologically healthy people (Maslow calls them self-actualizing people). This book will turn your brain on. I am not a technically/medically trained person. It took time to read trough Motivation and Personality, mostly because I wanted to stop and think about what it was saying. It's not a rush through kind of book. This book, as well as Dr. Peck's "People of Lie," exposed a whole new layer of the world I live in. I believe it fine tunes perceptions and make one so much more aware and alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Psychology Text June 20, 1998
This is one of the best books written in Psychology and is often overlooked my many people in the field. It was last revised in 1970 and it is still a classic in the field. If you want to see "future" projections of what is it is to be human, read this book. The man was a genius.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Motivation and Personality June 4, 2002
I was assigned to read this book for my AP Psychology class, at first it was really boring to me, I'll be honest. But after a while it started to grow on me, and I began enjoying learning the teachings of Maslow. I agree with Maslow's pyramid of needs, and after reading this book I have began to notice when people's needs arent being met, and how aggitated they will get when trying to achieve the needs that they want. This book will open up a lot of people's eyes and allow people to see things in a different light, if they are willing to get through the very detailed sections of Maslow's ideas. Overall, the book was enjoyable, a little slow because it is basically a giant thesis paper, but still enjoyable and much will be learned from this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST BOOK STATEMENT OF MASLOW'S "HIERARCHY OF NEEDS" September 21, 2010
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist best known for his conceptualization of a "hierarchy of human needs" and "self-actualization." He (along with Carl Rogers) is considered the founder of humanistic or "Third Force" psychology.

This book was first published in 1954, and was revised in 1970. Maslow states in the Preface to the 1970 edition, "I have tried in this revision to incorporate the main lessons of the last sixteen years. These lessons have been considerable ... When this book appeared in 1954 it was essentially an effort to build UPON the classical psychologies available rather than to repudiate them or to establish another rival psychology... If I had to condense the thesis of this book into a single sentence, I would have said that, in ADDITION to what the psychologies of the time had to say about human nature, man also had a higher nature and that this was instinctoid, i.e., part of his essence. And if I could have had a second sentence, I would have stressed that profoundly holistic nature of human nature in contradiction to the analytic-dissecting-atomistic-Newtonian approach of the behaviorisms and of Freudian psychoanalysis."

This is the book in which he formulated (but was first proposed in his 1943 paper, 'A Theory of Human Motivation') his famous "Hierarchy of Human Needs"; i.e., where humans may progress from physiological needs (food, shelter) up to the level of self-actualization. (No, he DIDN'T arrange these in the "Triangle" we've all seen in Intro to Psych classes; he just listed them.)

This is a very important, pathbreaking book. Here are a few quotations to whet your appetite to read it:

"Homing pigeons, salmon, cats, etc., each have instincts peculiar to the species.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Just Isn't Enough! June 13, 2008
Motivation and Personality explores the complex world of what motivates people and how their personalities interact with these motivations. Maslow is a significant contributor on timeless thinking about personal and professional motivational theory.

Abraham Maslow is best known for his Hierarchy of Needs. Chapter 5 in this book explores that hierarchy; not in the detail of his original paper on the subject, but it does have some good food for thought.

Maslow's writing is easy to read and understand, but has a great deal of depth to it. For example, in a section called Satisfactions Generate New Motivations, Maslow writes: "The Human being is a wanting animal and rarely reaches a state of complete satisfaction except for a short time. As one desire is satisfied, another pops up to take its place." This simple but profound statement at least partially explains why we as humans have accomplished so much...good and bad.

Overall, a fantastic book about motivation and personality that is extremely insightful!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuble for Life June 9, 2003
Maslow pours his wisdom into our minds explaining the core needs of human beings. This is a great book to learn about yourself and the motivations of others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for anyone interested is psychology and human...
While it reads like an academic treatise, it's a fascinating look at human motivation. This is Maslow's expression of his eponymously named Hierarchy of Needs; which has become... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation
5.0 out of 5 stars Old and good
The book arrived as described, knowlegeable and readable. This is a definite must read for the theorist interested in personality theory.
Published 14 months ago by DAvid
5.0 out of 5 stars I am enjoying this book
Abrahm Maslow he was the hero of the human brain. I support it. I read this book more than 3 times and I am still enjoyin this book it is very very nice book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by as7422as
5.0 out of 5 stars Rings true, so true.
This guy was a thinker. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't believe how expensive it is. I got is used for a little less.
Published on June 17, 2010 by Happy Go Lucky
Many years ago this book changed my life and inspired me to read everything Dr. Maslow wrote. Of particular value is the section "Self-Actualizing People ... Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by Larry Mullins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but an used one would have done fine!
This book is essential to any psychology student & even those interested in how advertising works or motivation in general. Read more
Published on August 10, 2008 by K. A.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is $41.75 at Barnes and Noble
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