Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation

Abraham Maslow

Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow Book Cover and Description

A Psychology Classic

When Abraham 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 pinnacle 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.

Note To Psychology Students

If you ever have to do a paper, assignment or class project on the work of Abraham Maslow, having access to A Theory of Human Motivation  in full will prove invaluable. A psychology classic is by definition a must read; however, most landmark texts within the discipline remain unread by a majority of psychology students. A detailed, well written description of a classic study is fine to a point, but there is absolutely no substitute for understanding and engaging with the issues under review than by reading the authors unabridged ideas, thoughts and findings in their entirety.

Bonus Material

In A Theory of Human Motivation Maslow draws upon some of his earlier published work. Three of these key references, Conflict, Frustration And The Theory of Threat, The Dynamics of Psychological Security-Insecurity and Preface To Motivation Theory, are also presented in full.

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