The Right to Be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow

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". . . a solid history of uniquely American intellectualtradition. . . "—Kirkus Reviews. ". . . a fascinating and useful study. "—The Los Angeles Times. ". . . a great deal for those seeking greater insight. . . . "—Psychology Today. "Maslow laid the foundation for the human side of management. All students of and particpants in the human community,especially the management and organization of work,should read this seminal biography. "—Warren Bennis. Recognized as one of the greatest influences on contemporary psychology,Abraham Maslow created ...
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". . . a solid history of uniquely American intellectualtradition. . . "—Kirkus Reviews. ". . . a fascinating and useful study. "—The Los Angeles Times. ". . . a great deal for those seeking greater insight. . . . "—Psychology Today. "Maslow laid the foundation for the human side of management. All students of and particpants in the human community,especially the management and organization of work,should read this seminal biography. "—Warren Bennis. Recognized as one of the greatest influences on contemporary psychology,Abraham Maslow created the seminal concepts of team-decision and management,self-actualization and higher motivation. This edition of the critically acclaimed 1988 classic fully captures the renewed popularity of Maslow's business applications—what they are,what they mean,and why.

Why have almost all of today's most celebrated marketing wizards made it their business to know about this man and examine his ideas? Why does virtually every serious management book recognize,document,and praise his insights? How do his life and his legacy continue to inspire and inform the visions of today's most alert and innovative entrepreneurs? Why is global interest now mounting in his multifaceted work? "Maslow laid the foundation for the human side of management. All students of an participants in the human community,especially the management and organization of work,should read this seminal biography. "—Warren Bennis,Professor of Business Administration,University of Southern California,author of Leaders. Fascinating and visionary,Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) pioneered revolutionary ideas that helped form modernpsychology and laid the cornerstones of contemporary marketing,motivation,self-actualization,and management trends. Critically acclaimed in its first edition and now revised and updated for this paperback edition,The Right to Be Human is a fascinating portrait of one of the seminal thinkers of the twentieth century—at once a vivid biography of a truly original personality and an intellectual journey to the very source of how we think about and manage our businesses today.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brandeis psychologist Maslow (1908-1970), a founder of humanistic psychology, was an uneasy hero of the 1960s counterculture. As spiritualistic fads swept the country, he scolded Esalen Institute instructors for their smugness and warned his followers that too much inwardness is not psychologically healthy. This apostle of self-actualization and creative ``peak experiences'' was an intensely private man who rarely discussed his own mystical highs. Hoffman, biographer of Wilhelm Reich, has interviewed Maslow's friends, family and students, and while he never fully pierces his subject's calm, scholarly demeanor, his thoughtful biography has its rewards. We meet Maslow the youthful sexologist of the 1930s (his findings were championed decades later by feminists); the socialist-leaning rebel who married his cousin and lived on a commune; the professor who actively disliked conformist students. The first full-scale biography of Maslow, this profile will be of interest to the many people touched by his humanistic vision of personal growth. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
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$18.95. psych This is the first comprehensive biography of Maslow (1908-1970), a founder of the humanistic psychology movement. Skillfully revealing Maslow's attractive personality and enormous zeal, clinical psychologist Hoffman shows how the early career was distinguished by rigorous empirical researchspecifically in his studies in dominance and motivationand his later career by an admirable creative clarity regarding a comprehensive theory of human motivation and a metapsychology of higher needs and aspirations. Given Maslow's many distinguished friends and mentors, this captivating and sympathetic biography is a major intellectual history of four decades of American psychology. William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071342674
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill School Education Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

A Brooklyn Boyhood.
Struggles of the Mind.
The Making of a Psychologist.
Monkey Man.
Explorer of Sex and Dominance.
At the Center of the Psychological Universe.
Idylls with the Blackfoot Indians.
Revelations at Brooklyn College.
Glimmerings of Self-Actualization.
California Interlude.
Back to Brooklyn and Onward.
Pioneering at Brandies.
Disappointments and New Dreams.
Slow Rhythms of Mexico.
Enlightening Managers, Mystics, and Entrpreneurs.
Uneasy Hero of the Counterculture.
California Rescue: The "Postmortem" Life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Maslow's Life and Times

    This book was an excellent insider view of Maslow's life and works during the timeframe 1908-1970. It documents his many accomplishments, writings, and philosophies. Pictures were very good but could have used more. A list of his books and papers is also included and dates of publication. Also includes many of his new vocabulary and definitions. Good for a report on his public and personal life. A good start for understanding his groundbreaking philosophies including Self Actualization, The Blackfoot Indian Studies, and Theory Z.

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