Abraham Maslow

Psychologist, Academic

1908 – 1970

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Who was Abraham Maslow?

Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research and Columbia University. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a "bag of symptoms."

Famous Quotes:

  • What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
  • We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
  • Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering
  • What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
  • The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
  • Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes.
  • A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.
  • If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
  • To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
  • If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

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Apr 1, 1908
Also known as
  • Abraham H Maslow
  • Abraham Harold Maslow
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • City College of New York
  • Cornell University
    (1927 - )
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
Jun 8, 1970
Menlo Park

on July 23, 2013


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