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.


R for Rainbow, Illustration from 'Treasure', 1963
R for Rainbow, Illustration from 'Treasure', 1963 | Source

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.


Unstoppable Me!

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?


Rainbow and Star Stickers
Rainbow and Star Stickers | Source

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! :)

© 2013 Treathyl FOX

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Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I did. It was real inspiring.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 22 months ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Kristen Howe - Thank you. Glad you liked it! :)


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Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

This was real interesting to read, CMoneyspinner. It had a lot of good information, too. Voted up!


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@CatherineGiordano – Hi! Thank you for commenting. Others have similar feelings about Dyer. But I thought his kids book was cute!


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

I am a fan of Maslow, but Dyer strikes me as an opportunist. I am a great believer is self-actualization tho , no matter how you get there, so I guess Dyer makes a c9ontribution.


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

A great one. Rainbows are owned and created. A great share!


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Wonderful post that made interesting reading.


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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Wayne Dyer really interests me. I am glad to have these links here and to learn more about his teachings. Thanks for the inspiring hub! Sharing it.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@poetryman6969 - Well alright! Got myself another rainbow supporter!! :) Thanks for visiting.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

I firmly believe that one should traffick in rainbows.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Awesome comment CMHypno!


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CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting hub and I love Wayne Dyer's books! I think it is very important that children are taught to realise how powerful they are in creating their own lives and what potential they have. No child should be told they can't do something and every child should be encouraged to follow their dreams.


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VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

Sounds like really nice books, thank you!


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Suzanne Day - Thanks!


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Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I want a pot of gold at the end of my rainbow - and I love working towards making it happen! Voted interesting.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@WriterJanis - That particular "philosophy" is my favorite "fascinating fact". :)

Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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WriterJanis 3 years ago from California

I like the philosophy that we are all connected as humans.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

suzettenaples - Thanks for visiting my HUB and taking time to let me know you were here. :)


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

cmoneyspinner: I so enjoyed reading this review of these books. I am going to have to read these books. They sound so interesting to me - yes, I want to own my own rainbow! LOL I agree with you, I don't think psychological investigation is violent either; sometimes it can be uncomfortable and disconcerting, though. Great review of these books and your review has inspired me to read these. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and books with us!


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

MDavisatTIERS - For sure the blessings in my life far outweigh the non-blessings. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.


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MDavisatTIERS 3 years ago from Georgia

Good evening, cmoneyspinner1tf. Great words of wisdom. Change is an opportunity to create something different. My journey of recovery is 25 years old and I have many more rainbows in my life today than I perhaps deserve. ~Marilyn


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

rebeccamealey - Thank you for sharing this. May the rainbows in your life increase by the measure of generosity you have shown me.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is fascinating! I read some of Dr. Dyer's books a long time ago! I had not heard of these until now. Shared with followers.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Same here billybuc. I had to change myself. Thanks for the comment.

I just noticed you're in Olympia. Washington state is on my bucket list of "Places I'd Like to Go". For now I'll have to be happy with residing in Texas. Got no complaints. I love Austin!!!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I can see I'm going to have to put on my thinking cap before visiting here. There are no puff pieces here, darn it. LOL

Create your own rainbow. There was a day when the sky was always dark and gloomy for me....today I have rainbows daily. What changed? Me! :)

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