A brief biography of Abraham Maslow

A Theory of Human Motivation


An interpretation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s work continues to have an impact on the study of religion (Fuller, 1994), education (Kunc, 1992), and business (Schott, 1992). His long-out-of print classic on business, Eupsychian Management, has been reprinted as Maslow on Management (Maslow, 1999a). Other major works (Maslow, 1994, 1999b) have been reprinted as well. A new biography details Maslow’s life and summarizes his thinking (Hoffman 1999).

In the early 1960s humanistic psychology emerged from the work of Maslow, Rogers, and other theorists concerned with psychological health and effective functioning. Many humanistic psychologists have used Maslow’s theories, especially his work on self-actualization, as the framework for their writing and research.

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Virtually everyone has had a number of peak experiences, although we often take them for granted. One’s reactions while watching a vivid sunset or listening to a moving piece of music are examples of peak experiences. According to Maslow, peak experiences tend to be triggered by intense, inspiring occurrences: “It looks as if any experience of real excellence, of real perfection … tends to produce a peak experience” (1971, p. 175). These experiences may also be triggered by tragic events. Recovering from depression or a serious illness, or confronting death, can initiate extreme moments of love and joy. The lives of most people are filled with long periods of relative inattentiveness, lack of involvement, or even boredom. By contrast, peak experiences, understood in the broadest sense, are those moments when we become deeply involved, excited by, and absorbed in the world.

7. Peak Experiences “Peak experiences are transient moments of self-actualization” (Maslow, 1971,1). 48). We are more whole, more integrated, more aware of ourselves and of the world during peak moments. At such times we think, act, and feel most clearly and accurately. We are more loving and accepting of others, have less inner conflict and anxiety, and are better able to put our energies to constructive use. Some people enjoy more peak experiences than others, particularly those Maslow called transcending self-actualizers.