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Abraham MaslowMaslow’s humanistic theory of personality states that people achieve their full potential by moving from basic needs to self actualization.Key PointsAs a leader of humanistic psychology, Abraham Maslow approached the study of personality by focusing on subjective experiences, free will, and the innate drive toward self actualization .Maslow expanded the field of humanistic psychology to include an explanation of how human needs change throughout an individual’s life span, and how these needs influence the development of personality.Maslow’s hierarchy of needs ranks human needs from the most basic physical needs to the most advanced needs of self actualization. A person must acquireand master each level of need before proceeding to the next need.Maslow studied the personalities of self actualizers and found they had many things in common. He believed self actualizers indicate a coherent personality syndrome and represent optimal psychological health and functioning.Maslow’s ideas have been criticized for their lack of scientific rigor, as well as their Western cultural bias.Abraham Maslow’s HumanismAs a leader of humanistic psychology, Abraham Maslow approached the study of personalitypsychology by focusing on subjective experiences and free will. He was mainly concerned with an individual’s innate drive toward self actualization a state of fulfillment in which a

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