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Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908 - June 8, 1970) was a psychologist. He is mostly noted today for his proposal of a hierarchy of human needs.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maslow was a child of Jewish Russian immigrants to the United States. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his B.A (1930), his M.A (1931), and his Ph.D (1934) in psychology.

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Maslow invented a number of neologisms and a familiarity with them is needed in order to read related works.


One example of Maslow's neologisms is Aggridant, a term he coined to refer to the biologically superior and dominant person.


Eupsychia (and Eupsychian) is another example, and means "the Good Society". This term was originally used in: Eupsychia--The Good Society, Journ. Humanistic Psychol. 1961,1,1-11.

Eupsychia is 'the culture that would be generated by 1,000 self-actualizing (for the meaning of self-actualizing see Maslow's hierarchy of needs) people on some sheltered island where they would not be interfered with.'

The word itself derives from the greek roots eu meaning good and psyche meaning soul. The result is the society of good people or society of good souls.

Other words to describe the concept are psychogogic or growth-promoting.

This coined word also demonstrates the B-value of uniqueness (try it on google). That is to say, Maslowian words such as eupsychian or aggridant stand out because of their uniqueness, and thereby have more value.


The Right to be Human by Edward Hoffman


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