“It the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow
About Abraham Maslow
Abraham Harold Maslow April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Alliant International University, Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research, and Columbia University. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a “bag of symptoms.” A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Maslow as the tenth most cited psychologist of the 20th century.
Born in 1908 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Maslow was the oldest of seven children and was classed as “mentally unstable” by a psychologist.
His parents were first generation Jewish immigrants from Russia from Kiev (now the capital of Ukraine) who fled from Czarist persecution in the early 20th century.
His parents were poor and not intellectually focused, but they valued education.
Maslow attended the City College of New York after high school.
Maslow’s psychology training at UW was decidedly experimental-behaviorist. At Wisconsin he pursued a line of research which included investigating primate dominance behavior and sexuality. Maslow’s early experience with behaviorism would leave him with a strong positivist mindset.
He had his own ideas on how to understand the human mind. He called his new discipline humanistic psychology. Maslow considered himself to be a psychological pioneer. He gave future psychologists a push by bringing to light different paths to ponder. He built the framework that later allowed other psychologists to add in more information.
While jogging, Maslow suffered a severe heart attack and died on June 8, 1970 at the age of 62 in Menlo Park, California.
(Source – Wikipedia)