Abraham Maslow Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

August 2 2013

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”

  – Abraham Maslow 1908-1970


A New York native and professor at Brooklyn College, Maslow moved to Brandeis University during the 50’s and 60’s. He created a humanistic school of psychology that advanced self-actualization as a path for personal growth, almost Taoist in its then revolutionary rejection of materialism. At a time when most academic psychologists studied dysfunction, he looked at how self-motivated, well-adjusted people ordered their lives. His books include Toward a Psychology of Being (1968) and The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (1971), and his “Hierarchy of Needs,” a pyramidal diagram showing the interrelated nature of personal necessities, has become an iconic graphic. Among his many other memorable quotes: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Greg Bover

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