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  • There is, first, the desire for strength, for achievement, for adequacy, for confidence in the face of the world, and for independence and freedom. Secondly, we have what we may call the desire for reputation or prestige (defining it as respect or es.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • To objectify our subjective thought so as to be able to look at it and improve it toward perfection. To seek peak experiences.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
    (Abraham Maslow)


  • We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe the former is disturbing,
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • The beautiful programme of Watson. its fatal flaw is that it's good for the lab and in the lab but you put it on and take it off like a lab coat. It does not generate an image of man, a philosophy of life, a conception of human nature. It's not a gu
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • A child wants some kind of undisrupted routine or rhythm. He seems to want a predictable, orderly world. For instance, injustice, unfairness or inconsistency in the parents seems to make a child feel anxious and unsafe. This attitude may not be so mu.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • I have come to think of this humanist trend in psychology as a revolution in the truest, oldest sense of the word the sense in which Galileo, Darwin, Einstein, Freud and Marx made revolutions, i.e. new ways of perceiving and thinking, new images of
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    (Abraham Maslow)

  • We may define therapy as a search for value.
    (Abraham Maslow)


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