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Abraham H. Maslow was one of the foremost spokespersons of humanistic psychology. In The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature, an extension of his classic Toward a Psychology of Being, Maslow explores the complexities of human nature by using both the empirical methods of science and the aesthetics of philosophical inquiry. With essays on biology, synergy, creativity, cognitioAbraham H. Maslow was one of the foremost spokespersons of humanistic psychology. In The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature, an extension of his classic Toward a Psychology of Being, Maslow explores the complexities of human nature by using both the empirical methods of science and the aesthetics of philosophical inquiry. With essays on biology, synergy, creativity, cognition, self-actualization, and the hierarchy of needs, this posthumous work is a wide-ranging synthesis of Maslow's inspiring and influential ideas....

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  • Corinne
    2019-05-19 04:06

    In this book, the three chapters that spoke to me the most are: Neurosis as a failure of personal growth, emotional blocks to creativity, and a holistic approach to creativity. I shall try here to enumerate how they apply to me.Personally, I feel the most restless, fastidious, and anxious when I feel I’ve hit a wall in my personal or professional life. I agree with Maslow how, at the initial stages, I used to ignore the inner signals, and run away with what we call ‘fate’. All this changed, however, when I saw that the true scale of measuring personal growth is not external, but internal.I agree with all those childhood blocks to creativity Maslow is talking about, but the worst block I felt was in my adulthood, after I started working in the corporates, and I completely drowned my inner voice in the noise of outside. It was a result of what they call ‘fitting in’, until, one day, I decided to tramp all over that and free myself.Maslow applies the term ‘holistic’ in the sense of the society, that is, where the creativity also takes into account the full context of the creation, i.e., where the artistic creator is not an isolated entity, but a part of the whole. Seems natural, but so easy to forget in action!

  • M
    2019-05-25 23:23

    Maslow's works are classicism in thought and substance..because neither can be defined when speaking of is mutable...and connected in every scientifically developed theory in the area of psychology..when followers of the hard sciences -observe human behavior cross culturallythe realization that culture impacts on the development of thought which therefore skews any statistical hard evidence of why people behave they way they do.. read this book many times.. it is my reference point when I need to detox from non classical thought based on authors who are not "self-actualized" i.e. living and being strong, independent and free.Love Maslow.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-04-29 20:22

    I was first exposed to Abraham Maslow's psychology in college. Being unwilling as a vegetarian to participate in the dread "rat lab", Grinnell's sympathetic psychology department allowed me to do the introductory course as a guided reading project with Professor Morse. Although I avoided laboratory work, I was probably forced to read a lot more than the average beginning student and, given possible prejudices on the part of the professor, I probably was directed more towards traditional depth psychologies and what then was called "humanistic" psychology.Maslow was a big deal back then amongst the humanists because of his rather upbeat approach to psychology. This posthumous collection of his essays (he died in 1970, in the middle of the project which was ultimately finished by his wife) represents an overview of the work he's primarily known for, being a series of revised versions of previously published essays.

  • Henric Svenningsson
    2019-04-29 03:09

    A great book about the definition of humanity and the importance of seeing the world from the eyes of the human being. Maslow´s theory about humans basically born as good and moral really appeals to the you and the aim in life to be "fully human" is a positive and stimulating alternative to other psychological theories negative or neutral perspective on the human being. Maslow presents his theories and explain them in a logical and convincing way and you´ll find yourself reading the chapters over and over again, not because you don´t understand what Maslow tries to tell you, but because the truth in his words stimulates a new way of thinking.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-04 21:16

    One of my top ten read. Therefore, it has a special spot to remain when not being read, and is re-read for pleasure every few years. Truly, one of the books all people of the literate world should have read this by twenty or fifteen, but we do not. I love this (and all of Maslow's work), because he had the courage to put what some think into an amazing classic of knowledge about our inner-self. Plus he has constructing the ideal person, and the feasibility of people being amazing. Great read.....please check it out. :) It is one I never can put down.

  • Teri Temme
    2019-05-26 04:22

    Favorite quote from this book: Notes on Innocent Cognition: "You can't "undo" knowledge, you can't really become innocent again; once you have seen something, you can't undo the seeing. Knowledge is irreversible, perceiving is irreversible, knowing is irreversible; in this sense you can't go home again. You can't really regress, not even by giving up your sanity or strength altogether."Thought provoking and mind expanding, this text is wonderful.

  • Ric Underhile
    2019-05-06 01:19

    A book I review and reflect on over and over. Timeless and profound, it is a guide to personal and professional enlightenment.

  • DoubleM
    2019-05-05 20:15

    Thought provoking and educational.

  • Lynne Fisher
    2019-04-30 19:53

    An intriguing read by an intriguing man, and a nice surprise in that the style of writing was reasonably accessible for a lay reader outside the academic field of psychology, with some quirkily human expressions and clarfications which provided some unexpected humour - something I haven't come across before in other psychology or humanist philosophy works.As an artist and writer, I especially liked his chapters on creativity, values, and transcendence, but much there was much food for thought overall. In a nutshell, the book more than lived up to its title and it now has a special place in my mini 'library' of psychology books.

  • James
    2019-04-29 22:23

    I was impressed with this book by Abraham Maslow as he looked at human potential in many aspects of modern culture from business to science to family to education and more. He applies his hierachy of needs to these different aspects of society and gives examples, from the basics of survival in these areas up the pyramid to the self-actualization or transcendence beyond these social institutions. The book covers area of human thought and action including creativity, health, values, education, being, and motivation. His approach made sense to me decades ago and, in spite of his detractors, it still compliments the individualist views to which I adhere. His style is very readable for those unfamiliar with technical psychology as he lays out the methods of achieving these farther reaches of human nature.

  • Sybe Starkenburg
    2019-04-28 01:56

    I have chooses self-actualisation as one of the main corner stones of my book. I am of the opinion that the self actualised person is the fulfilled person; both rationally and spiritually. No other author has been more clear in his research than Maslow. Maslow wrote about a possible 'tick list' for traits that make us human. For my book I have taken his first steps an compiled a more complete list.

  • Akiva
    2019-05-10 02:56

    I was able to relate to a lot of it. His articles were a good introduction to bringing human values into the domain of science. He included many testable hypotheses for example. I found many parts relatable and seemingly true [hindsight bias?], though many parts were boring. Particularly I like the articles where he went to a rehab community, and his chapter on good vs bad societies. Maybe it is the U/Distopian in me

  • Kirk
    2019-05-14 02:08

    How could young people not be disappointed and disillusioned? What else could be the result of getting all the material and animal gratifications and then not being happy, as they were led to expect, not only by the theorists, but also by the conventional wisdom of parents and teachers, and the insistent gray lies of the advertisers?

  • Ryan
    2019-05-17 00:16

    Interesting book on Maslow's theories about reaching peak experiences, self actualization and other related themes. It's a collection of Maslow's articles and reads like he's writing for other psychologists, as opposed to anyone, so pretty dense but cool at times to get a deeper look at some of these theories we've all heard about.

  • Todd B Stevens
    2019-05-11 22:21

    Maslow is one of the few psychologists after Freud, who is Freud, that makes any sense at all. His idea is a humanistic psychology, based on a hierarchy of needs. We all feel, eventually Maslow's hierarchy.

  • K. M.
    2019-04-30 22:14

    Maslow expands on his idea of self-transcendence, the final tip of the pyramid beyond self-actualization. The book is essentially a collection of papers published as he developed his metamotivational theory.

  • Ruthpaget
    2019-05-17 03:20

    I think a lot of the current Outliers book could be found in this book.

  • Elisabeth Kinsey
    2019-05-16 22:20

    Heavy, I know, but I'm such a Humanist, and this has tons of great stuff about teaching from a Creative p.o.v. and how people who live in the "now" can also tap creativity and happiness.

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  • Jodi
    2019-05-24 22:02

    Very hard work.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-19 02:06

    Still a classic, but far too many extrinsic factors now that complicate these theories.

  • Markus R.
    2019-05-09 03:56

    Eye opening. Inspiring. Top 10 book ever.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-28 20:04

    maslows hierarchy of needs and sh*t. reccommended

  • Matthewtus
    2019-05-24 04:12

    A deeper look at humanity's potential; not just in the physical aspects, but the psychological and the perceptional aspects too. Thought-provoking, to say the least.

  • Allison
    2019-05-21 04:07

    This is a good introduction to Maslow and focuses on material besides his hierarchy of needs. I didn't care for it, but fans of Maslow will probably like this book.

  • Eliezer Sneiderman
    2019-05-04 19:53

    A good beginning, but, Maslow is too connected to empiricism to truly follow his ideas to their conclusions.

  • Tiffany Breyne
    2019-05-18 19:58

    Requires a lot of focus to get through, but he makes a lot of interesting points with his theories on creativity.

  • Jake
    2019-05-21 03:53

    Have a long way to go.