What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Abraham Maslow on change

The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.

Abraham Maslow on affection

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Abraham Maslow on perspective

What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.

Abraham Maslow on identity

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.

Abraham Maslow on adaptability

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

Abraham Maslow on mind
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In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.

Abraham Maslow on sadness

We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.

Abraham Maslow on aspects

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.

Abraham Maslow on behavior

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.

Abraham Maslow on peace

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I'd still swim. And I'd despise the one who gave up.

Abraham Maslow on despise

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not.

In either case the idea is quite staggering

Abraham Maslow on potential

About Abraham Maslow

Name Abraham Maslow
Quotes 25 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Psychologist
Birthday April 1, 1908
About Abraham Harold Maslow 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.
Top topics nail, problem, music, peace, capable

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

Abraham Maslow on assumptions

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

Abraham Maslow on artist

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Abraham Maslow on wisdom

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.

Abraham Maslow on creative

Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes.

Abraham Maslow on identity

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.

Abraham Maslow on dispassionate

One's only rival is one's own potentialities.

One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.

Abraham Maslow on failure

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.

Abraham Maslow on step

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.

Abraham Maslow on capable

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.

Abraham Maslow on active

Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.

Abraham Maslow on accepting

The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.

Abraham Maslow on human

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with.

We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.

Abraham Maslow on potential