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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (18 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617202665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617202667
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Abraham Maslow's theories on self-actualisation and hierarchy of needs are now standard in most counselling and psychotherapy undergraduate and graduate courses taught in the UK.
What amazes me about this book is its simple style and that no assumptions are made of the reader. This approach makes the depth and breadth of Maslow's theories more palitable, rich, and certainly targeted towards an wider audiance.
Third edition - highly recommended to anyone interested in what human beings strive for.
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I never took Psychology in further education and in fact have educated myself since leaving formal education 25 years ago, and continue do so. This was one such book that has enabled me to grow as an adult and elucidate areas and open the possibilities of understanding my own and human nature in general. I have never hung on anyones word irrespective of how many degrees or accolades they have but Maslow was undoubtedly a very bright guy and you get an immediate sense of this twenty minutes into reading the book. Beyond all the popular and motivational Psychology that has utilized Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, this book goes a long way to unravel the neuroses that we create for ourselves by making demands upon reality and explores peak experiences in music religion and everyday living..It took me a two weeks to read it sitting on a beach in Australia and continues to be a great resource and refreshing read. Recommended for anybody with a leaning towards the subjects and experience of consciousness and growth psychology.
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I encountered Maslow over twenty years ago and numerous times since on different academic and practitioner courses. But now I have read the origins of his views, I have discovered that those boiled-down and superficial treatments of his work did limited justice to it. Maslow's ideas are far richer and more insightful than I had appreciated. They are, thankfully, presented in this highly readable book, which is well written and easily understood. I wish I had read his books from the outset and not relied on the weak renditions I encountered. If you are interested to increase your understanding of what motivates us to act as we do, then this book supplies insights of great value. But, do take note, this is not a text book which is suited to being read in seperate sections and not necessarily sequentially. In this book, Maslow presents his ideas as they have evolved and therefore one chapter leads to the next, it is a sequential narrative, and for me that added to its attraction and power.
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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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I love the writing of A.H.Maslow ! BUT this edition is an absolute disgrace ! The book cover is wholly unsuitable for the subject matter.The formatting and layout are deplorable! Chapters start on left hand side pages ! Font size is tiny and barely legible, page numbering starts too soon. There are no page breaks between chapters, and even the print quality is compromised. If you do purchase this edition you will be sorely disappointed as I was. I do not like to complain but feel it is a moral imperative to do so in this instance. I believe that Maslows work deserves so much better than this....Of course I would give the authors work five stars but the whole package is an insult to his brilliance......This is an example of how not to publish with Amazon.
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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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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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