Abraham Maslow As The Father Of Humanistic Psychology

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Abraham Maslow, considered the “Father of Humanistic Psychology” an approach that looks at“the human being as a “whole person, one who is complex, adaptable, and multiple” (Journal of Humanistic Psychology Vol 51, Issue 4, pp. 428 - 431) began to gain traction at almost the same time Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird: a coming of age story about racism in the South during the thirties. Lee’s fictional hero Atticus Finch the “legal warrior” (James R. Elkins, A Humanistic Perspective in Legal Education, 62 Neb. L. Rev. (1983). who defends an innocent black man accused of rape offers a perfect case study for Maslow’s concept of a self-actualized person “living “with integrity and meaning” (Journal of Humanistic Psychology Vol 51, Issue 4, pp. 428 - 431) Maslow’s major contribution to Humanistic Psychology was the “hierarchy of needs” a process by which a person moved through different stages which included different behaviors which he presented in a paper. A Theory of Human Motivation in 1943.(The History and Future of Humanistic Psychology Ilene Serlin) Using a five level pyramid Maslow proposed that to achieve one’s goals an individual had to pass through a series of stages; physiological safety, belongingness and esteem in order to reach the final stage of “self-actualization. (Basic theoretical concepts of humanistic psychology 1 Charlotte Buhler Md.) It is largely through the eyes of the narrator his daughter Scout that we see the different sides of
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