Toward a Psychology of Being

ISBN-10: 0471288519
ISBN-13: 9780471288510
Edition: 2nd 1968
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1968
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/14/1968
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In its first edition, Abraham Maslow's "Toward a Psychology of Being" (1962) sold more than 100,000 copies. Like R. D. Laing, Maslow questioned the old psychoanalytic notions of being well or ill "adjusted" to the world and spoke from a broadly human base. Human nature---the inner nature of every individual which is uniquely his or her own---"seems not to be . . . necessarily evil; . . . the basic human capacities are on their face either neutral, premoral or positively good." What we call evil behavior appears most often to be a secondary reaction to frustration of this intrinsic nature." On this foundation, Maslow built an affirmation of people and people's potentialities for self-fulfillment and psychological health. He considered his "humanistic" or "Eupsychian" approach to be part of the revolution then taking place in psychology, as in other fields, toward a new view of people. He saw people as sociable, creative, and loving beings whose welfare is not in the cure of "neurosis" or other ills, but on the development of their most socially and personally constructive potentials. Maslow was born in New York City and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was chairman of the psychology department at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He taught for 14 years at Brooklyn College, and was the president of the American Psychological Association from 1967 to 1968. His wife Bertha helped edit his journals and last papers after his death and assisted with a memorial volume about him.

A Larger Jurisdiction for Psychology
Introduction: Toward a Psychology of Health
What Psychology Can Learn from the Existentialists
Growth and Motivation
Deficiency Motivation and Growth Motivation
Defense and Growth
The Need to Know and the Fear of Knowing
Growth and Cognition
Cognition of Being in the Peak-Experiences
Peak-Experiences as Acute Identity-Experiences
Some Dangers of Being-Cognition
Resistance to Being Rubricized
Creativeness
Creativity in Self-Actualizing People
Values
Psychological Data and Human Values
Values, Growth, and Health
Health as Transcendence of Environment
Future Tasks
Some Basic Propositions of a Growth and Self-Actualization Psychology
Appendices
Bibliography
Additional Bibliography
Index

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