In his seminal work “Motivation and Personality, Abraham Maslow wrote: “The scientist who is also something of a poet, philosopher, and even a dreamer, is almost certainly an improvement on his more constricted colleagues."  While he was not talking about himself, it is nonetheless true that Abraham Maslow was not only the scientist known as the Father of Humanistic Psychology,  but he was also something of a poet, philosopher, and dreamer. A glance through the life and life’s work of this acclaimed figure reveals a man who spent his days urging his fellow human beings to thrive, and showing others how to do the same.
Abraham Maslow was born into a Jewish family who had recently immigrated to the United States from Russia. He was the oldest of seven children.  Maslow had a difficult childhood, mostly because of the poisonous influence of his mother, who he would later describe as an “anti-mother" who apparently felt deep hatred towards her son. Her attacks on his physical appearance would later lead to his feelings of being a “marginal man," or outsider. 
In part to escape his mother’s sphere of influence, Maslow went on to spend his entire schooling career at the University of Wisconsin, including a BA, MA, and PhD all in psychology.  His time in Wisconsin was tantamount to a spiritual revival, with his study of psychology providing him the answers he was looking for to the questions raised by his traumatic familial and religious history.  Upon receiving his PhD, he held various academic appointments, but spent the majority of his career at Brandeis University. He would spend the last 18 years of his life as the chair of the psychology department at Brandeis, writing, researching, and lecturing until his life was ended by an unexpected heart attack while jogging at the age of 62.  He was survived by his wife and two children.
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