The 50 Best Phrases of Abraham Maslow

I leave you 50 quotes of Abraham Maslow , Founder of the humanist paradigm, one of the best known psychologists in history and, among other contributions, known for his hierarchy or Pyramid of needs .

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Quotes by Abraham Maslow

1-If you only have a hammer, you tend to see all problems like a nail.

2-What a man can be, he must be. This need is called self-realization.

3-Most of us could be better than we really are.

4-It is not normal to know what we want. It is a strange and difficult psychological achievement.

5-The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental health.

6-What has to be changed in a person is the awareness of himself.

7-We fear our maximum possibilities. Usually it scares us to become what we glimpse at our best moments, in the most perfect and most courageous conditions.

8-When people seem to be anything other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress or deprivation of necessities such as security, love and self-esteem.

9-You will walk forward towards growth or you will walk back towards safety.

10-The fact is that people are good. Give people affection and security and they will be affectionate and confident in their feelings and behaviors.

11-If you plan to be something less than you are capable, you will probably be unhappy every day of your life.

12. If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, I warn you that you will be deeply unhappy for the rest of your days.

13. Self-realized people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy and affection for human beings in general. They feel the kinship and connection, as if all the people were members of their family.

14-One can choose to go to security or to move towards growth. Growth must be chosen over and over again; Fear must be overcome again and again.

15-A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write. What a man can be, he must be.

16-Be independent of the good opinion of other people.

17-We can orient ourselves to defense, security or fear. But, on the opposite side, there is the growth option. Choosing growth in place of fear twelve times a day means advancing twelve times a day toward self-realization.

18-Self-realization is a continuous process. It means taking one by one all the many decisions about whether to lie or be sincere, whether or not to steal at a given time, and means taking each of those decisions as a growth option. It is a movement toward self-realization.

19-The people who we call sick are those who are not themselves, who have created all kinds of neurotic defenses.

20-I have the impression that the concept of creativity and that of a healthy, self-actualizing and fully human person are getting closer and closer to each other and may be the same.

21-We must teach people to pay attention to their own tastes. Many do not.

22-Many of us, most of the time, do not listen to each other, but listen to the introjected voices of Mom, Dad, the system, elders, authority, or tradition.

23-I have learned that the novice can often see things that the expert does not see. What is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes or looking naive.

24-We could define therapy as a search for value.

25-People are not bad, they are unhappy.

26-One can not choose wisely in life unless he dares to listen to himself, to his own self, in every moment of his life.

27-All the evidence we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume that in practically all human beings, and almost all newborns, there is an active will, an impulse towards health, growth and fulfillment.

28-Life is a continuous process of choosing between safety and risk. Take the choice of growth a dozen times a day.

29-To invent or create is necessary to have the"arrogance of creativity"that many researchers have pointed out. But if you only have arrogance without humility, then you are paranoid. We must be aware not only of the divine possibilities in us, but also of existential human limitations.

30-Self-realization means to live fully, vividly and disinterestedly, with a total concentration and absorption. It means experiencing without the shyness of the adolescent. At that moment, the person is totally and fully human. This is a moment of self-realization, the moment when the self is updated.

31-We must understand love, we must be able to teach it, to create it, to predict it, or else the world is lost in hostility and suspicion.

32. False optimism sooner or later means disappointment, hatred and hopelessness.

"If they threw me out of a plane into an ocean and told me that the nearest land is thousands of miles away, I would still swim." And he would despise the surrendering.

34-In certain definable and empirical ways, man needs to live in beauty rather than ugliness, just as he needs to have food for his hungry stomach or rest for his tired stomach.

35. The only rival of one is his own potentialities. The only failure is to fail to live with respect to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated as a king.

36-The independence of the environment achieves relative stability before a hard hit, deprivation, sticks, frustrations and the like. These people can maintain relative serenity in the midst of circumstances that other people could lead to suicide. They are also described as"self-sufficient."

37. The study of motivation must be, in part, the study of the ends, desires or the ultimate needs of the human being.

38-The satisfaction of the need for self-esteem leads to feelings of self-confidence, worth, strength, ability and sufficiency, to be useful and necessary in the world.

39-The satisfaction of one need creates another.

40-The typical desire is clearly a need of the whole person.

41-There is anthropological evidence that the ultimate or ultimate desires of all human beings hardly differ from their everyday conscious desires. The main reason for this is that two different cultures can generate two totally different ways of satisfying a particular desire.

"We would never want to compose music or create mathematical systems, or decorate our houses, or be well dressed, if our stomach were empty at all times, or if we were continually dying of thirst.

43 - We should give up, once and for all, the pretension of drawing up a meticulous inventory of impulses or needs. For different reasons, such an inventory is theoretically unconscious.

44. We must immediately assert that human motivation is rarely performed in behavior, if not in relation to a situation and persons.

45-As income increases, people want and actively strive for things they would never have dreamed of a few years before.

46. ​​The most important problems of the greatest and best characters in the history of mankind must be covered and explained.

47. If all needs are unsatisfied, and the organism, therefore, is dominated by physiological needs, the remaining needs may simply be nonexistent or be displaced to the fonf.

48-Something like human curiosity can be easily observed in the higher animals.

49-Studies of mentally healthy people indicate that, as a defining characteristic, they are attracted to the mysterious, the unknown, the chaotic, the disorganized, and the unexplained.

50-The psychopathological effects are probably true when basic needs are frustrated.

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