Human Growth and Development
Professor O 'Dowd
November 30, 2013
"The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short." (quote information)
While researching different developmental theorist, many things certain theorists came up with were not appealing in my mind and did not believe to be true. For example, theorist John B. Watson believed that he could train any healthy infant, no matter the circumstances, to grow and become any type of specialist that Watson would choose. Reading that alone about Watson checked him off the list of contenders because of my disbelief of his theory. Choosing your favorite theorist turned out not being too easy. Many theorist approaches for development are very interesting and have truth behind them. One developmental theorist though caught my attention more than the others.
Abraham Harold Maslow had a rather challenging childhood. He was born on April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. He had six siblings and was the eldest of them all, the first born. His parents only wanted what they never had which was the best for their seven children. He was known to be quite lonely as a child and would take up his time reading. Maslow was pressured by his parents to always to well academically. As he got older he studied at the City College of New York and Cornell before surprisingly enough marrying his first cousin, Bertha Goodman and later having two daughters. Maslow ended up moving him and his family to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin is when he first became realized he was interested in psychology. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded a BA, MA, and Phd in psychology. After that he ended up moving back to New York. He worked with E.L. Thorndike at Columbia University. Maslow met Kurt Goldstein in 1951 and that’s when his theory began.
Goldstein was the person who
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