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Toward a Psychology of Being Paperback – March 7, 2014
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L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. author of "Self-Actualization Psychology"
Read it, and if you are searching for some real meaning in your life, you will find the beginning of the way. Then read all the books in the list of references, and that will be even better!
It opens up a whole new world!
However, it is one of the best books I have ever read in helping me to understand people and why they are the way they are. This is a quick written self help book. Rather, it explains the fundamental causes of people's behavior in life.
Maslow states in the Preface to the first edition of this 1968 book, "This book is a continuation of my 'Motivation and Personality,' published in 1954. It was constructed in about the same way, that is, by doing one piece at a time of the larger theoretical structure. It is a predecessor to work yet to be done toward the construction of a comprehensive, systematic and empirically based general psychology and philosophy which includes both the depths and the heights of human nature... I consider this book to be in the realm of science, or pre-science, rather than of exhortation, or of personal philosophy, or literary expression."
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
Self-actualization "stresses 'full humanness,' the development of the biologically based nature of man, and therefore is (empirically) normative for the whole species rather than for particular times and places, i.e., it is less culturally relative." (Preface)
"Since this inner nature is good or neutral rather than bad, it is best to bring it out and encourage it rather than to suppress it. If it is permitted to guide our life, we grow healthy, fruitful, and happy." (Ch. 1)
The humanistic school "(in the extreme instance) is equally vulnerable, for they tend to see through rose-colored glasses and generally slide over the problems of pathology, of weakness, of FAILURE to grow. One is like a theology of evil and sin excusively; the other is like a theology without any evil at all, and is therefore equally incorrect and unrealistic.Read more ›
The best way i can think of to describe this book is that it is life-affirming. By that, i mean that Maslow recognizes that we have legitimate needs that must be met in order to be a healthy, growing person - he affirms the legitimacy of these needs, that repressing them can lead to becoming neurotic but meeting them in a healthy manner can enable one to self-actualize. I've underlined something on just about every page. He affirms "that our deepest needs are not, in themselves, dangerous or evil or bad," (p. 122) which he compares with "a special tendency in Western culture...to assume that these instinctoid needs of the human being, his so-called animal nature, are bad or evil. As a consequence, many cultural institutions are set up for the express purpose of controlling, inhibiting, suppressing, and repressing this original nature of man," (p. 126). The book gives a good understanding of what it means "to become more fully human," (127). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and felt like it was very therapeutic to do so.
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once again like his other books it's nothing but a Pop-culture doctoral thesis remake of BuddhismPublished 4 months ago by Happy Camper
Great inside look at Maslow's viewpoint on human behaviorism. It's well written, and easy to understand. Maslow has a good command of the English language to make his point. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I classic of modern psychology, and a challenge to Freudian theory. A challenge to find a suitable answer for the problems people face today. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hard to consider yourself educated in the field of psychology if you don't know anything about Maslow's Hierarchy of Being and this book is the best source. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike Nardine
I can't stress enough that this book should be used in schools! I wish I would have came across it much sooner, amazing in a lot of ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Merril W. Thompson