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Climbing Maslow's Pyramid Paperback – 7 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848764421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848764422
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I bought this book because I am a nursing student and my current assignment involves Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and I wanted broad all round view of what Maslow's hierarchy was all about and how it is applied in everyday life. I have researched stuff on the internet, in psychological journals, nursing journals, text books etc so this was just another view I wanted.
I was so disappointed! I actually laughed out loud at some of the things written in this book as they seemed a little strange, eg discussing a 'famous dietition' or someone and how they described that the best poo would not require toilet paper to be used!! And random switching of subjects within the text with no reasoning of why.
I have no idea what angle this book was coming from. It seemed more like the authour was passionate about Maslow and that this book was a tribute to him and about the author's ideas of human relationships and personality, with lots of quotes all over the place but none really referenced so you have no idea who he is talking about.
No referencing and in no way could be used for assignments of any kind, so avoid if thinking of using this to learn anything about Maslow.
Of course this is just my opinion and I am looking at it from a nursing point of view. Other people may love this book.
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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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Maslow's hierarchy of human needs has five basic steps or seven expanded stages. This book has many more layers and is all the more interesting for its "true to life" analysis of human requirements.

The book takes the basic concepts and demonstrates them in the way they affect us all in the West. For example Maslow talks about the most basic need for shelter and warmth. This book discusses our need to be in a financial situation which will allow us to buy shelter and warmth.

At the other end (or in this case at the top of the pyramid) the book discusses our need for self-expression and self-fulfillment. Easier to understand than Maslow's original phrase, "self-actualisation."

A fascinating book. Like A C Grayling's "The Meaning of Things" it does not have to be read from cover, but I found that after reading one chapter I was drawn to others until I had read the whole book.
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Superficial book trying to cover to many subject areas; lacks depth.

Also, the book lacks any obvious structure. I found myself wondering, where are we going with this? So what? How do I achieve that?

Finally, the title is somewhat misleading. I (wrongly) assumed the book would have many references to Maslow's work, yet there are only 2 pages in the introduction that link to Maslow.
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