Abraham Maslow Quotes


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Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of self-actualization. Wikipedia

When Abraham H. Maslow introduced the world to Humanistic Theory, a ‘third force’ in psychology was born (Behaviorism & Psychoanalytical theory being the first and second). As the name suggests, humanistic theory concerns itself with characteristics which are distinctly human.

Arguably the best known example of such a characteristic is Self-Actualization, an innate motivating force unique to the human species. It was in this landmark publication that Maslow provided the first published representation of Self-Actualization at the pinnicle of a hierarchy of human needs. According to Maslow Self-Actualization refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, in essence to become everything that one is capable of becoming.

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

— Abraham Maslow

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

— Abraham Maslow

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.

— Abraham Maslow