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Create Your Own Rainbow and Own It!

Updated on June 19, 2019
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Mrs. Fox, aka cmoneyspinner, former civil servant, now self-employed; engaged in multiple online endeavors, including freelance writing.

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.

Who doesn't love rainbows?
Who doesn't love rainbows? | Source

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?

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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    • DreamerMeg profile image


      15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I love Maslow and Dyer. Both are easy to read and provide great insight and wisdom.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      17 months ago from USA

      This well-written article gives me a boost. I use to read Dr. Wayne Dyer whenever I needed to get back on track and re-discover purpose in whatever it was I was doing.

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I did. It was real inspiring.

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      Treathyl FOX 

      5 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      5 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 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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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

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

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      MG Singh 

      6 years ago from UAE

      Wonderful post that made interesting reading.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      6 years ago

      I firmly believe that one should traffick in rainbows.

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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Awesome comment CMHypno!

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      6 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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      6 years ago from Atlanta

      Sounds like really nice books, thank you!

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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Suzanne Day - Thanks!

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      Suzanne Day 

      6 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      6 years ago from California

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

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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      Marilyn L Davis 

      6 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 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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      Treathyl FOX 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      Bill Holland 

      6 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 I have rainbows daily. What changed? Me! :)


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