Maslow 's Theory Of Self Actualization

1824 Words8 Pages
Maslow Abraham H. Maslow, an American psychologist who explores the complexities of human nature in his theoretical piece, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, examines the theory of self-actualization. This theory, which focuses on experiencing completely, evocatively and selflessly while maintaining full focus and absorption, is practiced to become the best version of oneself and undergo transcendence (44). Maslow’s ideals are influential and implemented by James Arthur Baldwin. Baldwin, a civil rights activist from Harlem, New York, is an essayist and novelist who is a highly perceptive, well-known writer with numerous works, including The Fire Next Time. Baldwin uses this memoir to project his voice on behalf of Black America in the…show more content…
Maslow explains, without any exceptions, that these individuals listen to the impulse voices, allowing the self to emerge (44). Likewise, Baldwin is determined to follow his inner voice, even though his beliefs do not reflect those of the black American Christian church. He fled to the church in hopes it would become his “safe haven”; it would become a place with apparent safety from the dangerous streets he grew up on. Nevertheless, the church and what it stood for vanished, specifically when he felt no love in the church (39). He notices how few individuals were concerned with lifting those around them up; most individuals were keen to tear those around them down. Although he hoped to feel genuineness and humanity within the church, “…salvation stopped at the church door” (39). The idea of the church represented unity and acceptance, yet, as a young preacher and teenage Christian minister, Baldwin witnessed despair, hatred and self-hatred. This “mask” instilled in him a fear that affected his beliefs (39). Baldwin underwent metapathology, which Maslow exclaims as the sicknesses of the soul which come from living among liars all the time (43). The church was a façade. Baldwin had engulfed himself in the church, but he slowly began to distrust the church and what it stood for. When he was told that he should love everybody, Baldwin was unaware that the everybody referred to only those who believed as he did (40). A minister once
Open Document