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Self- Actualization of Maslow Theories Could Be Studies of Himself
Tyrone Gill
PSY 101
Victoria Brunkhorst

This paper will focus on the last level of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy theory of need. Our main focus will be on Self-Actualization. I will give a simplified biography of Maslow which will give insight to his upbringing and the world he lived in both as a child and adult. I will attempt to tie together how his environment affected him throughout his adulthood. It is believed that Maslow’s theory of Self-Actualization has a deep rooted connection with his social conditioning. His works in my views was a search to clarify the environment that he was exposed to both as a child and adult. We shall examine those possibilities. Discussed will be Maslow’s relationship with his mother, father and how his upbringing affected his life. I will attempt to expose his subconscious desires to rationalize the neglect he experienced as a child from his primary care givers. We will attempt to discover how this void in his life may have lead to his search for an understanding of human needs. Examine also will be Maslow’s theory of what happens if those needs are not satisfied. It is my suspicions that even though there may be some obvious dysfunctions within a family structure one can seek a change, to grow and fulfill ones potential.
The Childhood Environment of Maslow’s
Abraham Maslow was born in 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the oldest of seven children. He was push by his parents to become academic successful because they were uneducated Jewish immigrants from Russia. Maslow as a child was very lonely and had feelings of inferiority. He felt his mother was unloving and his father had a love for whiskey, fighting and women. His father eventually abandoned the family and this was a major feeling of hate towards his mother. In my opinion Maslow’s environment at the micro level consists of feelings of detachment, and emotional neglect.

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