Maslow 's Theory Of Self Actualization

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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 early 1960’s. Baldwin’s stance is evident when he expounds that anger, frustration, hatred, and hope were the responses he witnessed due to the social and racial injustices in America during this time. Furthermore, he proclaims how both the black and white Americans must acknowledge the other race and work as one toward practicing true freedom. Baldwin continues his claim in “Down at the Cross”, an essay of three sections, with each section offering the reader insight into how Baldwin’s views were formed and how he has actualized these views. As Baldwin grew up in the Harlem ghetto, he became submerged in the church, and he expresses the influences that led to his involvement in the church. Nevertheless, Baldwin conveys his position of black…
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