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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lushena Books (14 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631821091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631821097
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ildinyó on 13 Dec 2013
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In my opinion, Maslow never disappoints in terms of a good philosophical and theoretical discourse that is even more relevant again since the positive psychology movement. I always felt that he was a little under-valued and this maybe due to the relatively theory-heavy way he writes, which relies less on research evidence than we expect today. However, a lot of his theories are now integral parts of positive psychology in some form or another, often un-acknowledged.

This book is well written and outlines the important elements of positive emotional wellbeing. I find it very useful in my work with clients and have been able to apply it in practice. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a less problem-focused approach to psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Halvor EH on 26 April 2013
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With many "classic" works of science they are totally outdated after ten or 20 years, and you are better off reading an up to date introduction to the subject. This book is really an exception.
Maslow's insights are still fresh and valid, his ideas are broad, his concepts are useful, and his writing is very concise and transparent. It's a joy to read. If more psychology and humanities professors wrote with as much honesty, humility, sincerety and wisdom as Maslow, the world would be a better place indeed.

The book contains 14 essays:
Introduction: Toward a psychology of health
What psychology can learn from the existentialists
Deficiency motivation and growth motivation
Defense and growth
The need to know and the fear of knowing
Cognition of Being in the peak-experiences
Peak-experiences as acute identity-experiences
Some dangers of Being-cognition
Resistance to being rubricized
Creativity in self-actualizing people
Psychological data and human values
Values, growth and health
Health as transcendence of environment
Some basic propositions of a growth and self-actualization psychology
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cfrizell on 19 Jun 2013
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A fascinating study of mentally well people (as opposed to mentally unwell people) But the book is a bit too technical for the lay reader with no exposure to the study of psychology. A very good reference book to keep on the shelf
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2014
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Maslow's ideas on self actualisation are pretty much the same as Erich Fromm's transcendentalism or Alfred Adler's Individual Psychology. However Maslow has been accepted by the mainstream due to his hierarchy of needs. What standard psychology forgot however, was the tip of Maslow's pyramid - self actualisation - the act of becoming the self. Within this book, which is written for the intelligent lay person are the themes which demarcate those who self actualise and those who do not.

On this basis, Maslow is very similar to Nietzsche's concept of the superman, those who overcome who they are. He also wades into the deification of science and the shortcomings of Freud, echoing Berne that most people are ok, it is just how they are stunted which creates the problem.

Therefore for anyone in the psychological field, I would read further than the idealised mechanistic man, to discover someone who exists beyond the paint by numbers concept of humanity. For here is the route out of robotics
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward on 7 April 2014
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Abraham Maslow provides a practical and useful account of his concept of the basis of human psychology in terms of a cognitive structure that is practical and understandable. I found this work helpful, instructive and well written.
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