Create Your Own Rainbow and Own It!
Maslow Versus Freud
Self-actualization, in psychology, is the process of understanding oneself and developing one's capacities and talents. It is the ability to realize fully one's potential. The term was coined by Abraham Maslow. Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970) received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1934 from the University of Wisconsin.
Maslow criticized certain aspects of Sigmund Freud's theory regarding personality development. He based his humanistic personality theory on his study of notably well-adjusted individuals, i.e. those deemed "psychologically healthy" (or "normal"), as opposed to studying clinical (i.e. "abnormal") patients. By contrast, Sigmund Freud arrived at his theory through the study of his patients.
The Maslow-Dyer Link
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is a best-selling author and has written several books which are usually categorized as Self-Help. Dr. Dyer stated that he had been very much influenced by Maslow's writings. For that reason, Maslow was mentioned in the introductory paragraph. However, if you read some or all of Dyer's books, you will take note that he drew his inspiration and developed his philosophy of life from a wide range of personalities, in addition to Maslow, such as: - Mahatma Gandhi, - Lao Tzu (Father of Taoism), - Carl Jung, - Albert Schweitzer, - Abraham Lincoln, and - Jesus Christ.
He authored the national bestseller "Wisdom of the Ages": a collection of writings, poems, and sayings by some of the greatest thinkers of the past twenty-five centuries; Dyer sets out to explain the meaning and context of each piece of wisdom, and how we can actively apply them to our modern lives.
"You'll See It When You Believe It" is another well-known book by Dr. Dyer. The selected quotes below are from this book:
- "... we are all connected as humans, regardless of the boundaries and divisions we have drawn to make us believe the contrary."
- "Remember that 'analysis' is a violent intellectual act, one which breaks up thought and carves up the universe."
- "Disagreements, yes! Disagreeableness, never!"
I myself, being a very analytical individual, disagree with the second bullet item above. But it doesn't reflect his entire philosophy. It just shows that he's an ordinary human like the rest of us and capable of flawed thinking. Nevertheless, many find the guidance and wisdom of Doctor Wayne W. Dyer enlightening, informative and even transforming. They use it as their road map to learning how to draw a road map and chart their life's course and tap the power that lies within them.
In short, they create their own rainbow.
The book "Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life" is not Dr. Dyer's first bestseller, but it is his first children's picture book and lays out a plan that encourages children to achieve their dreams.
It was suggested by one my daughter's elementary school teachers.
I agree with the recommendation. The writing is poetic and easy to remember.
A Rainbow of My Own
Along with the Dyer book, I'd like to suggest "A Rainbow of My Own" by the late Don Freeman (1908 - 1978), who has authored many popular books for children.
As a child, I simply loved rainbows. Still do! Doesn't everybody? Who wouldn't want a rainbow they could call their very own?
These two books complement each other perfectly.
Once one recognizes one's potential and sets out to achieve one's dreams, one's life's dreams should definitely include owning one's own rainbow.
Why not throw in a few stars too! :)
Supplemental Links of Interest and Resources
- Wayne Dyer -- 10 Secrets, a critique
Wayne Dyer: A Critique. Not everyone agrees with Dyer's philosophy.
- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Simply Psychology
Maslow (1954) stated that human motivation is based on people seeking fulfillment and change through personal growth. Maslow described self-actualized people as those who were fulfilled and doing all they were capable of.
- Freud - The Life, Work and Theories of Sigmund Freud
Often described as the most famous figure in psychology, Sigmund Freud is also one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Take a journey through his life, work, and theories in this profile of Freud.
- Official site about Don Freeman
Although the late Don Freeman is known to many people as the author of Corduroy and other children’s books, he did not begin his a career as a writer of books for children. ...
- The National Association for Child Development
An international organization of parents and professionals dedicated to helping parents help their children reach their full potential. NACD methods and techniques works for kids with developmental problems, typical kids, and even adults. ...
- Free psychology | For you
Free psychology | For you. Free updates from therapists. A blog sharing important news, information and tips on everything psychology-related.
© 2013 Treathyl FOX
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