|About the Book|
If we wish to help humans to become more fully human, we must realize not only that they try to realize themselves, but that they are also reluctant or afraid or unable to do so. Only by fully appreciating this dialectic between sickness &MoreIf we wish to help humans to become more fully human, we must realize not only that they try to realize themselves, but that they are also reluctant or afraid or unable to do so. Only by fully appreciating this dialectic between sickness & health can we help to tip the balance in favor of health.--Abraham MaslowMaslows theories of self-actualization & the hierarchy of needs are cornerstones of modern humanistic psychology. No book so well epitomizes those ideas as his Toward a Psychology of Being. A profound book, an exciting book, its influence continues to spread, decades after his death, beyond psychology & throughout the humanities, social theory & business management theory. Its enduring popularity stems from the important questions it raises & the answers it provides concerning what is fundamental to human nature & psychological well-being, & what is needed to promote, maintain, & restore mental & emotional well-being. But its success also has to do with his ability to convey difficult philosophical concepts with passion, precision & clarity, & to ignite a sense of creative joy & wholeness toward which we, as beings capable of self-actualization, strive. This edition makes Maslows ideas accessible to a new generation of psychology students, as well as businesspeople, managers & trainers interested in applying the study of human behavior to management techniques.An energetic & articulate scholar, Maslow was author of over 20 books, including Eupsychian Management- Psychology of Science- Religions, Values & Peak Experiences- Motivation & Personality- & Principles of Abnormal Psychology (w/B. Mittelmann). He also edited New Knowledge in Human Values & wrote nearly 100 articles. His teachings continue to be a staple for psychologists & psychology students.Capacities clamor to be used, & cease their clamor only when they are well used...Not only is it fun to use our capacities, but it is necessary for growth. The unused skill or capacity or organ can become a disease center or else atrophy or disappear, thus diminishing the person.--MaslowMaslow doesnt pretend to have easy answers, absolutes or solutions that bring the relief of finality. But he does have a deep belief in people. In this edition of Toward a Psychology of Being (the 1st sold over 100,000 copies), theres a constant optimistic thrust toward a future based on the intrinsic values of humanity. Maslow states that, This inner nature, as much as we know of it so far, seems not to be intrinsically evil, but rather either neutral or positively good. What we call evil behavior appears most often to be a secondary reaction to frustration of this intrinsic nature. He not only believes, but demonstrates that humans can be loving, noble, & creative, & are capable of pursuing the highest values & aspirations.