5 thoughts on “QOTD Abraham Maslow

  1. rudyoldeschulte

    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.

  2. rudyoldeschulte

    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.

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