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Damian Duguid Dead Psychologists Society Abraham Maslow was born in Brooklyn New York in 1908 Maslow went to the City College of New York when he was 18 to study law He had an extremely high IQ but did very poorly in school and soon left college It was later learned that Maslow attended college to study law largely to make his father happy although he had little interest in becoming a lawyer He was first introduced to psychology at Cornell University where he hoped to receive a higher level of academic stimulation Unfortunately he found this experience disagreeable and was soon on his way home to Brooklyn where he was united with his family and a special friend and cousin Bertha Goodman Maslow eventually married Bertha despite the concerns of his friends and family Finally he would enroll in the University of Wisconsin where his love for psychology flourished Maslow created the theory of self-actualization assuming that all people are good by nature or at least neutral He believed that the encouraged development of self-actualization helps individuals to reach their full potential Maslow stated that a healthy development is only possible if a society offers all necessary raw materials and then gets out of the way and stands aside to let the organism itself utter its wishes and demands and make its choicesRyckman pp 435 If an environment is restrictive and minimizes personal choice the individual may develop in neurotic ways In addition to this Maslow created what he called a hierarchy of human needs These needs are called deficiency basic needs and growth meta needs Simply individuals basic needs must be satisfied before one could proceed to the growth needs These needs are put in order of importance as Maslow saw it The hierarchy consists of five separate stages they are named in order Physiological needs Safety needs Belongingness and Love needs Self - Esteem needs and finally Self-Actualization
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