Maslow, Abraham Harold

Maslow, Abraham Harold

Maslow, Abraham Harold (măzˈlō), 1908–70, American psychologist, b. Brooklyn, New York, Ph.D. Univ. of Wisconsin (1934). He taught at Brooklyn College from 1937, then became head of the psychology department at Brandeis Univ. (1951–69). A leader in the school of humanistic psychology, Maslow is best known for his theory of human motivation, which led to a therapeutic technique known as self-actualization. His influential works include Motivation and Personality (1954) and Toward a Psychology of Being (1964).

Bibliography

See also R. J. Lowry, ed., The Journals of A. H. Maslow (2 vol., 1979); E. Hoffman, The Right to be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow (1988).

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