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Summary

This book is a continuation of my Motivation and Personality, published in 1954. It was constructed in about the same way, that is, by doing one piece at a time of the larger theoretical structure. It is a predecessor to work yet to be done toward the construction of a comprehensive, systematic, and empirically based general psychology and philosophy which includes both the depths and the heights of human nature. 

The last chapter is to some extent a program for this future work, and serves as a bridge to it. It is a first attempt to integrate the "health-and-growth psychology" with psychopathology and psychoanalytic dynamics, the dynamic with the holistic, Becoming with Being, good with evil, positive with negative. Phrased in another way, it is an effort to build on the general psychoanalytic base and on the scientific-positivistic base of experimental psychology, the Eupsychian, B-psychological, and metamotivational superstructure which these two systems lack, going beyond their limits. 

It is very difficult, I have found, to communicate to others my simultaneous respect for and impatience with these two comprehensive psychologies. So many people insist on being either pro-Freudian or anti-Freudian, pro-scientific-psychology or anti-scientific-psychology, etc. In my opinion all such loyalty-positions are silly. Our job is to integrate these various truths into the whole truth, which should be our only loyalty.

©1962 Abraham H. Maslow (P)2018 BN Publishing

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Love Maslow but cannot follow the narrator

I have tried so hard to listen to this audio book, I find the audio to be very robotic and lacking any emotion which makes it impossible for me to follow.
I’m going to have to buy the book and read with my own narration, as I love the work of Maslow
I actually thought it was a robotic voice until he clears it mid sentence!

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  • 31-12-20

Great book, though the narrator can't pronounce nearly 25% of the text.

Both the book and the ideas it contains are superb. The narration, on the other hand, is quite painful. At first, you barely notice, but it gets worse as the text goes on. The narrator clearly does not understand, nor can he properly pronounce, the words Maslow uses throughout. The mistakes start to become so prolific that it looks like the editor completely gave up on editing out the errors that were so bad the phrase or line had to be repeated, and kept both the mistaken version and the corrected one. This creates a jarring and nonsensical "echo" of many phrases, especially in the last 1/3 of the book. Honestly, if a narrator doesn't know a word or how to pronounce it, why would he not stop and look it up? Very unprofessional. It really damages the experience of what is an otherwise wonderful book.

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  • Amazonian Noir
  • 10-04-20

A hard read but...

I really enjoyed it. It gave me insight into the behavior of humans and what causes these behaviors to manifest themselves.

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  • MA
  • 18-04-21

A deep and thorough book on human psychology

The book discusses different stages of human evolution and the true source of our actions. I listened to the audiobook while taking long walks, the quality of the recording is so good. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in self growth and is trying to be a better version of itself.

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  • 28-02-21

a psychology of human health

As necessary and useful as the psychologies of pathology and sickness have been for me (e.g. those of Freud and Horney), it is great to read a book about the characteristics of optimal psychological health, which is the end goal for me.

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  • Mr.Groppi
  • 02-10-20

brilliant!

The book is quite academic at times and does require some effort to absorb. The ideas described in this book are brilliant and gave me a much greater understanding of myself and others around me. I am going to listen a second time for further understanding. I genuinely feel like a more intelligent person for experiencing this book!

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  • 18-11-19

Truth on high

As a self actualized person this book offers a clinical glimpse of reality most beautiful