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Climbing Maslow's Pyramid

Climbing Maslow's Pyramid [Kindle Edition]

Paul W. King
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Everyone is moulded and shaped by the circumstances of the family into which they were born. By the time we reach early adulthood most people feel that their basic character has been firmly established and that no major shifts will occur. This book, based on the personal experience of the author, shows that substantial real change can take place and that we all have the ability to consciously design and assemble the person we wish to be.

There is the understanding that the cornerstone of happiness is a sense of self worth and the confidence that this in turn engenders. There is the recognition of the strong, two-way link between mental and physical health. The suggestion is made that just as we exercise our bodies to stay fit, so we should also deliberately work on keeping our mental health in good shape.

A range of options relating to how we act in our day to day lives and react to life’s situations are presented in short, easy to follow, sections. The reader is guided through a range of options about the key issues we all face in life, from supporting ourselves financially, through relationships, love and sex, to staying healthy. The book looks at our religious and spiritual beliefs and encourages us to live in harmony with them. We are also encouraged to prepare for the death of those we love and for our own death. The emphasis is always on the reader’s freedom to choose what they themselves believe to be best for them and what they want.

About the Author

Paul W. King, a graduate of the University of Alberta, was born in India to British parents, and has lived, worked and travelled extensively in many parts of the world. He lived for more than twenty years in Canada and the USA. For several years he was involved in taking oil and gas related trade missions to many South-east Asian and Pacific Rim countries. He has worked for large corporations, including the professional photography department of Kodak Canada Ltd, Canadian government trade organizations, and spent over 20 years in various business related consular positions in Europe. The author has spent a lifetime meeting, and subconsciously studying, many new people in a variety of situations and cultures. He attributes his undoubted interest in, and understanding of human nature, to his own search for answers and the knowledge passed on to him by so many wise and interesting people in so many different environments. As an experienced speaker, and former professional photographer, Paul now writes travel articles and coaches others in giving talks and presentations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (16 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WJW2QE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shared wisdom 23 May 2010
For anyone remotely interested in effective life management or learning how to live a more fulfilling and joyful life, this book is great value and will not disappoint. The residual sentiment is having enjoyed some valuable and `shared wisdom'. Surely one cannot ask for more from this genre? The title might usefully have carried a bracketed suffix (In the New Millennium) because although it draws on Maslow for its philosophical base, the anecdotes and applications are all extremely relevant and contemporary. One of its foremost qualities is its simple readability and absence of pretence - but this does not dilute the insightful nature of the content. It is the sort of book that one can read in its entirety or return to. I am a longstanding occasional reader of `life' books in their widest context, without being an obsessive. I enjoy the purity of Maslow to more commercially driven offerings and this book embraced both ends of the scale without falling between the two which is why it was enjoyable. It is very well researched and peppered with thought provoking quotes variously insightful and humorous. You will not get better value (let alone shared wisdom)for £10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 21 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The topics are so relevant to my life
and I did get caught up in the debate and questions presented by the author. His style is one of giving facts and offering opinions
but he never preaches. In the end, the whole book is about our ability to recognise that we have choices
and it is up to us to make our own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Let me confess that when a friend who had already read this book persuaded me to read it I was not overly enthusiastic. Books about self-examination and self-development do not usually interest me. But out of loyalty to my friend's judgement more than anything else I consented to read it.

`Climbing Maslow's Pyramid' I discovered not to be the indigestible, jargon-laden offering of my expectation. It was accessible right from the first page. I knew what the author was planning for me, laying out his ground-plan from the start. And then he took me, step by step, through what I may call his theory of teaching ourselves how we may better understand ourselves and how we may better prepare for what really is the strange business of living our lives. This was a climb, no doubt about it, but we did it, the author and I, in quite easy stages, with time to reflect on what the message was and the degree to which I was assimilating it. There's a Socratic method at play here which made me question not just the author's thesis but my own progress as a human being.

Have I learned anything from the book? Well, first of all I realised that with a good guide I could work my way through complex text in areas of study which do not normally attract me. More important I am now genuinely giving some thought to my life. So far I have awarded myself three stars as a human being. I think this book deserves immeasurably more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking & Compulsive Page Turner 6 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading and thoroughly enjoying, Climbing Maslow's Pyramid.

Choices are offered in this book for the planning and conduct of a happy, successful and fulfilling life. I wish that this book had been available when I was 20. In particular I thought that the author's views on modern sexual mores and fidelity are the best and most sensible I have ever read.

This book should be prescribed reading for every sixth former and undergraduate in the country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a paradox 29 Dec 2011
This remarkable book is also a paradox. It would be of most use to the young - and yet the problem is that to fully understand it, to be in sympathy with it and to benefit from it, requires that the reader has a reasonable level of life experience.

In "The History Boys" one character says "most of the stuff poetry is about hasn't happened to us yet". And of course the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, "Life must be understood backwards but lived forwards".

This book will appeal mostly to those people who are emotionally mature enough to understand the wisdom of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book 20 Dec 2011
By Barbara
This is an amazing book and I have learnt a great deal from it.
Much like taking a degree course on how to live life. The whole book is an education in itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 21 Nov 2011
"When I started reading this I could not stop. It is a great book and I wish they would have it in schools as part of the curriculum.
I will now give the book to a friend of mine that really needs it."
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read 18 Oct 2011
By JKirky
Whether we know it or not, all us are faced with and have to negotiate the life issues which Maslow stacked in pyramid form.

This book makes no claim to be an academic examination of Maslow or his theories but does address the subjects raised by Maslow.

It is one man's poignant review of how he faced the challenges which all human beings face. In doing so he raises many interesting questions and looks at useful options from which we the reader can choose
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book especially towards the end
I really enjoyed reading this book parts of which are very wise and parts are quite funny. Overall the book is very interesting. Read more
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Published 17 months ago by Jaysen
5.0 out of 5 stars A source of guidance
I have read many self-help books over the years but none has had the impact of "Climbing Maslow's Pyramid"

Perhaps that is because the book is really more of a... Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by RichDonn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and clear explanation within a simple frame work.
Paul King creates a logical step by step way to guide individuals through the pitfalls of life, with examples from everyday life and gives choices with background information. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by B. Sumner
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This book is well-written and actually gives you a broad area of things to see in life. It is a nice book easily read but i gave it a 4-star only because it didnt give me something... Read more
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