Abraham Maslow: His Life and Contributions to Psychology Term Paper by ashleymg99

A examination of psychological pioneer Abraham Maslow, his theories, and how his research was affected by his biological and social development.
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This paper studies the research and theories of psychology developed by Abraham Maslow, and investigates how his research was affected by his biological and social development. Maslow's theories and his research on human motivation and human needs revolutionized psychology was the foundation for the Theory of Humanistic Psychology. The paper contends that certain aspects of his upbringing are directly causational to Abraham Maslow's fascination with psychology, and motivated his research throughout his career. Noteworthy publications by Maslow that impacted psychology and related psychosocial fields, are discussed. The paper notes that Maslow is also renowned for his research on self-actualization based on his Hierarchy of Needs. His influence and contributions to modern psychology are discussed in depth. This paper contains an illustrative figure.

From the Paper:

"Upon his return to New York City, Abraham Maslow developed a more intimate relationship with his cousin, and re-enrolled at CCNY. Once again, he was not happy with his life in New York and ran off to enroll in more liberal University of Wisconsin (UW). Unlike Cornell University, the study of psychology at UW was not based on the method of structuralism, which according to Maslow attempted to turn psychology into a strict science such as chemistry. Here he fully realized his interest in psychology, as well as how deep his love for cousin Bertha Goodman was. The more liberal route of psychology offered at UW opened Maslow to new ideas such as the idea of utopianism, Ivan Pavlov's research on classical conditioning, and Harry Harlow's research on attachment behavior (Maslow, 1971). Abraham Maslow received his bachelor's degree in 1930, his master's degree in 1931, and his doctorate in 1934, all in psychology, all from the UW."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Maslow, A. H. (1973). Dominance, Self-Esteem, Self-Actualization: Germinal Papers of A. H. Maslow. Monterey CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
  • Maslow, A. H. (1971). The Farther Reaches of Human Nature. New Viking Press
  • Maslow, A. H. (1970). Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper & Row Publisher
  • Chapman, A. (2004). Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Image: Original Five-Stage Model. Retrieved March 25, 2008 from http://www.businessballs.com/images/maslow_hierarchy
  • Maslow's Holistic Dynamic Needs Hierarchy. (1996). Retrieved March 05, 2008 from http://www.wnja.com/personailty/needs.html.

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