Abraham Maslow Essay

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Abraham Maslow was born on April 1, 1908 to two Jewish parents who lived in New York but had emigrated from Russia. (Cherry, page 1) He was born in Brooklyn New York and he was the first of seven children. (Cherry, Page 1) He grew up with parents pushing him along in his education so he would be a very smart person and could accomplish many large tasks. (Boeree, page 1) When Abraham Maslow was a child he was very lonely and unhappy due to always being pushed along in his education instead of being friendlier with people his age. (Cherry, Page 1)Beings as he was lonely he took a liking to reading at the library. (Cherry, Page 1) Abraham ended up being smart but shy. As he got older he went to a city college in New York to study law and married his first cousin Bertha Goodman. (Cherry, Page 1)
After this Abraham Maslow switched collages and started going to the University of Wisconsin and there he started to take a liking to psychology. (Cherry, Page 1) Maslow than got three degrees: one was his bachelor’s degree which he got in 1930, one was his master’s degree which he got in 1931 and the last one was a doctorate degree which he got in 1934. (Cherry, Page 1) All these degree’s helped him in what he planned to be in the years to come. With these degrees he started to teach at the Brooklyn College in 1937, and during this time he met two people, Max Wertheimer who was a psychologist and he also met anthropologist Ruth Benedict. (Cherry, Page1) These two people highly influenced Maslow and his thoughts about what he wanted to be. (Cherry, Page 1)He then started to take notes on Max Wertheimer and Ruth Benedict and these notes that he took started his research on people and human potential. (Cherry, Page 1)
Abraham Maslow was the major person behind the school of thought known as Humanistic psychology in 1950. (Cherry, Page 1) Around this time the majority of the people who were studding psychology studied human nature, but Maslow decided to take a different route and study people’s mental health. (Cherry, Page 1)Maslow’s work during this time brought about his theories and during his early career he studied monkeys. (Boeree, Page 1) He found out in his studies with monkeys that they take care of some needs before others such as if they were hungry or thirsty they would tend to drink first because you can go many weeks without food but when it comes to water you can only go a couple of days without it.(Boeree, Page 1) He also found out that if you are thirsty but someone has put a choke hold on you than you are probably going to get air before you try to get a drink. (Boeree, Page 1)
With these few thoughts in mind Abraham Maslow made up a hierarchy of needs. (Boeree, Page 2) The hierarchy of needs has five levels: the bottom one is Physiological Needs, the next one up is Safety needs, the next one is Belonging needs, the next one is Esteem Needs and finally the last one is Self-actualization needs. As Maslow thought he “saw human beings needs...

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