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  • Series: Compass
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140194878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140194876
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abraham H. Maslow taught at Brooklyn College and the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University. From 1967 to 1968 he was Preseident of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Maslow was one of the foremost spokesmen of the humanistic, or "Third Force," psychologies, and author of many books and articles, including Toward a Psychology of Being, The Psychology of Science, and Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mullins on January 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Written near the end of his life, Dr. Maslow sought to leave threads for others to pick up and develop. He disturbed those who prefer the logic-tight barriers between science and religion, and boldly suggests that his "most important finding" was his discovery of what he termed "being values," or metavalues. This, his lost discovery, has been virtually ignored by psychologists and religionists. Yet, this insight is pivotal to understanding Dr. Maslow's belief that human nature has been sold short. He discovered metavalues to be active agents that configure the personalities of self-actualizing individuals. He pointed out that Truth, Beauty and Goodness are expressed in the lives of all self-actualizing personalities. Without these metavalues, the qualities of devotion and passion toward a cause or mission can become lethal to humankind. Science without higher values often creates better weapons of distruction and even more efficient gas chambers. Those who observe that much of what Maslow says in this book is colored by religion and philosophy are correct. His intention was to break down the arbitrary barriers between disciplines. Along with "The Psychology of Science" ad his posthumous: "The Farther Reaches of Human Nature" this book is of landmark importance to the 21st century.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 21, 2010
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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.

He states in the Preface to the 1970 edition, "Since this book was first written, there has been much turmoil in the world and, therefore, much to learn. Several of the lessons I have learned are relevant here, certainly in the sense that they are helpful supplements to the main thesis of the book... Organized Religion, the churches, finally may become the major enemies of the religious experience and the religious experiencer. This is a main thesis of this book." He adds, "I now consider that the book was too imbalanced toward the individualistic and too hard on groups, organizations, and communities. Even within these last six or seven years we have learned not to think of organizations as necessarily bureaucratic... If I were to summarize both the book and my remarks in this Preface in a few words, I would say it this way: Man has a higher and transcendent nature, and this is part of his essence, i.e., his biological nature as a member of a species which has evolved."

Here are a few quotations from the book:

"The high religions... tends to rest ... its right to exist on the codification and the communication of this original mystic experience or revelation from the lonely prophet to the mass of human beings in general. But it has recently begun to appear that these 'revelations' or mystical illuminations can be subsumed under the head of the 'peak experiences' or 'ecstasies' or 'transcendent' experiences which are now being eagerly investigated by many psychologists." (Ch.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Angel Book Reader on December 24, 2005
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Maslow makes a good distinction between the peakers and the non-peakers and makes an excellent connection between this and organized religion. His use of the term "non-peakers" is not to refer to people who do not have peak experiences, for he believes that every one has peak experiences but he uses this terminology to refer to a person who is afraid of peak experiences The purpose of organized religion for him is to communicate peak experiences to non-peakers. His position tend to advance personal revelation over dogmatic revelations. The question he leaves unanswered is how personal revelations can be verified or validated? I believe organized religion will help in confirming peak experiences. If not, what most people might call peak experiences might just be neurosis.

He also advances a religious pluralism that will accommodate every person, both the atheist and the believer. Maslow gives us good insights into peak experiences and helps us to appreciate more these experiences. His book is interesting to read and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Fletcher on March 2, 2010
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This book of Maslow's is way underrated! Though a child of the 60's I just discovered this book a week ago.

The book touches on many important life themes. It explains why so many people can not swallow organized religions, which in turn explains why so many people describe themselves as atheists. At the same time, it explains the commonality of values shared by most people and makes an important case as to why such universal values should be taught in schools. There are also implications about child-rearing practices and how it is done best. The book also shows why the mystics in any religion struggle with the administrators and clerics (and visa versus). The struggles and causes of struggles between men and women are also examined. It is fairly easy reading though it may send you to the dictionary a little.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thelovingmom on October 12, 2012
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to open the door of perception to the beauty of the universe, to feel the values, the good, the kind, to not necessarily see like seeing the colors aldous huxley describes after hallucinogens but to know and feel the wonder, the awe, the joy, the greatness, the magnanimity, the generosity, the appreciation, and the gratefulness. there is nothing better. I could not describe it but it happens. it happened. it gets lost. it could not be sustained. but it opens the door of perception forever.

the goodness, the beauty, the kindness, the infinity. it happened so long ago. at my bedroom next to an old computer. I wish more people experience it. i wish people can communicate openly about it. I want to share it. Let me know where it happened to you. I want to know how we can keep it up. How we can let more experience the kindness, goodness, beauty and the infinity. e-mail me: kylelong100@gmail.com

How to get there? not 100% sure.
How not to get there?
too busy, too poor, too much need for survival, too panicky because of fears, too sick, too much jealousy, too much need to keep up with the joneses, too little of been loved, too little loving others, too much stuck in trying to be intelligent, trying to be rich, trying to get the esteem from others, trying to get the love of this and that person, to much need to pass that class, to get to that degree, to get that J.D. or M.D., to win that game, to be this and that....

of course, no brainer to me, get this excellent book.
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