January 12, 2013 |  by

Abraham Maslow (above, creator of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) and Carl Rogers helped found humanistic psychology in the 1960s. The principles they formulated are what we take for granted in 2013:

  • Take responsibility for your actions, whether positive or negative.
  • Each person, simply by being, is inherently worthy. While a given action may be negative, that action does not cancel out the value of a person.
  • The ultimate goal of living is to attain personal growth and understanding. Only through constant self-improvement and self-understanding can an individual ever be truly happy. (Maslow termed this self-actualization) (source)

Carl Rogers focused on learning and development:

  • “A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another’s learning.” Inspire others.
  • “A person learns significantly only those things that are perceived as being involved in the maintenance of or enhancement of the structure of self.” Individual relevancy matters.
  • “Experience which, if assimilated, would involve a change in the organization of self, tends to be resisted.” Open to new ideas.
  • “The educational situation which most effectively promotes learning is one in which the threat to the self…is reduced to a minimum.”  Create situations where people feel free to be. (source)
What are Maslow and Rogers saying? For human beings, the #1 goal is individual development.



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