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I’ve never read much Maslow (except what I was teaching in intro psych courses). What’s your take on him? Do you know much about his work?
Actually, I have not read any Maslow; I only discovered this quote, which I found to be quite profound and true. I am embarrassed to say that I did not know he was a psychologist.
Wiki reads: Maslow “was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. . . . He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a “bag of symptoms.”
After reading that, he sounds like someone I should look into more. As such, I have no take on him, nor do I know much about his work outside of the quick google I did at reading your comment. His theories and the questions he asked about people sound fascinating. It looks like a trip to the library is in order.
I have taught Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for years…and though I know very little about his work, I have always compared his pyramid to that of developmental lines (Anna Freud and cohorts)…as it involves beginning with the basic needs and the need for safety and such – coming to a point at which the personality is (supposed) to be integrated and whole…(then we get into questions of what’s ‘normal, right?).
Right. What is normal? Is it the standard? Is it the consensus of the majority of the population? I think normal is more subjective. Normal is what is usual, but it need not apply to humanity at large. Normal ought not to be a standard from which no one can deviate, and only those who conform are accepted (which, I think, is how it is viewed today in Western Culture). However, I think it is possible for each individual to be integrated into the whole, for on a certain level this is already so. But should this integration come with a price of “being normal”, I think not.