Motivation and Personality by Abraham H. Maslow

By Abraham H. Maslow

The traditional assertion on self-actualisation and knowledge. functions are made to the theories and technology of character, psychotherapy, own development and basic psychology.

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3 IPlIZIEIFACIE TO MOTIIVATION TIHIEORY . , In this chapier are presented sixteen propositions about motivation that must be incorporated into any sound motivation theory. Some of these propositions are so true as to be platitudinous. These I feel need reemphasis. Others may be found less acceptable and more debatable. THE INDIVIDUAL AS AN INTEGRATED WHOLE o Our first proposition states that the individual is an integrated. organized whole. This theoretical statement is usually accepted piously enough by psychologists.

In the hands of ~he less creative, the timid, the conventional, these "laws" become vir. tually a demand that we solve our present problems only as our forefathers solved theirs. Such an attitude is especially dangerous for the psychological and social sciences. Here the injunction to be truly scientific is usually translated as: Use the techniques of the physical and life sciences. Hence we have the tendency among many psychologists and social scientists to imitate old techniques rather than to create and invent the new ones made necessary by the fact that their degree of development, their problems, and their data are intrinsically different from those of the physical sciences.

More reliable 3. Its organizing, theorizing, structuring function; its search for larger and larger generalizations 4. Its history-collecting, scholarly function 5. Its technological side; instruments, methods, techniques 6. Its administrative, executive, and organizational side 7. Its publicizing and educational functions 8. Its applications to human uses 9. Its appreciation, enjoyment, celebration, and glorification This multiplicity of function implies necessarily a division of labor, for few individuals could combine within themselves all these skills.

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