Biography of Abraham Maslow
There have been many great psychologists, psychoanalysts, immunologists, endocrinologists, and psychotherapists that have made a name for themselves here in America. Sigmund Freud, Carl Rogers, Stanley Milgram, Walter Cannon, and Janice Glaser are just a few. However, the one who piques my interest more than Freud or any other person who has extensively studied psychology as in depth and thoroughly as the ones above mentioned is Mr. Abraham Harold Maslow. Out of all psychologists in the known world, there has never been and never will be anyone who comes close to his ideas, thoughts, actions, and psychoanalyses of the human mind. Maslow was born on April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the oldest of seven children born to his Jewish parents that emigrated from Russia. They had no education and wanted Maslow to get as much education as he could while living here in America. He did as his parents wished of him, and that eventually caused him to be a very shy, lonely child. He turned to books for comfort, and became a very smart student. After graduating high school, he tried to satisfy his parents by enrolling in City College of New York to study law. He was only there for three semesters before transferring to Cornell, but he eventually returned to City College of New York. Of course, as we all know, Maslow did not stay with studying law long.
He married his first cousin, Bertha Goodman, and moved to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin. This is where he became interested in Psychology and greatly improved in his school work. He spent time there with Harry Harlow, another famous psychologist, and excelled in everything he put in his mind to learn. He received his BA in 1930, his MA in 1931, and his PhD in 1934, and they were all in the field of Psychology. He returned to New York one year after graduating from the University of Wisconsin and went to work at Columbia University, where he became interested in research on human
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Hoffman, Edward (1989) The Right to Be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Maslow, Abraham H. (1994) Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences. New York: Penguin Books USA Inc.
Maslow, Abraham H. (1993) The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (An Esalen Book). New York: Penguin Books USA Inc.
Maslow, Abraham H. (3rd Ed.) (1987) Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.