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.
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! :)
Supplemental Links of Interest and Resources
- Wayne Dyer -- 10 Secrets, a critique
Wayne Dyer: A Critique. Not everyone agrees with Dyer's philosophy.
- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Simply Psychology
Maslow (1954) stated that human motivation is based on people seeking fulfillment and change through personal growth. Maslow described self-actualized people as those who were fulfilled and doing all they were capable of.
- Freud - The Life, Work and Theories of Sigmund Freud
Often described as the most famous figure in psychology, Sigmund Freud is also one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Take a journey through his life, work, and theories in this profile of Freud.
- Official site about Don Freeman
Although the late Don Freeman is known to many people as the author of Corduroy and other children’s books, he did not begin his a career as a writer of books for children. ...
- The National Association for Child Development
An international organization of parents and professionals dedicated to helping parents help their children reach their full potential. NACD methods and techniques works for kids with developmental problems, typical kids, and even adults. ...
- Free psychology | For you
Free psychology | For you. Free updates from therapists. A blog sharing important news, information and tips on everything psychology-related.
© 2013 Treathyl FOX
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:
Those children's books sound as though they would encourage individual goals leading to success. As to rainbows, I think everybody loves a colorful rainbow. That sounds like a good title for a children's book.
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on June 18, 2019:
I love Maslow and Dyer. Both are easy to read and provide great insight and wisdom.
Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 01, 2019:
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.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 17, 2015:
I did. It was real inspiring.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on April 17, 2015:
@Kristen Howe - Thank you. Glad you liked it! :)
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 17, 2015:
This was real interesting to read, CMoneyspinner. It had a lot of good information, too. Voted up!
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on September 29, 2014:
@CatherineGiordano – Hi! Thank you for commenting. Others have similar feelings about Dyer. But I thought his kids book was cute!
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on September 27, 2014:
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.
Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 08, 2014:
A great one. Rainbows are owned and created. A great share!
MG Singh from UAE on April 16, 2014:
Wonderful post that made interesting reading.
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 15, 2014:
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.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on March 31, 2014:
@poetryman6969 - Well alright! Got myself another rainbow supporter!! :) Thanks for visiting.
poetryman6969 on March 30, 2014:
I firmly believe that one should traffick in rainbows.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on February 27, 2014:
Awesome comment CMHypno!
CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on February 27, 2014:
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.
VioletteRose from Atlanta on February 15, 2014:
Sounds like really nice books, thank you!
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on February 05, 2014:
@Suzanne Day - Thanks!
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 04, 2014:
I want a pot of gold at the end of my rainbow - and I love working towards making it happen! Voted interesting.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on February 03, 2014:
@WriterJanis - That particular "philosophy" is my favorite "fascinating fact". :)
Thanks for visiting and commenting.
Janis from California on February 03, 2014:
I like the philosophy that we are all connected as humans.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on December 03, 2013:
suzettenaples - Thanks for visiting my HUB and taking time to let me know you were here. :)
Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 03, 2013:
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!
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on November 21, 2013:
MDavisatTIERS - For sure the blessings in my life far outweigh the non-blessings. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.
Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on November 20, 2013:
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
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on November 20, 2013:
rebeccamealey - Thank you for sharing this. May the rainbows in your life increase by the measure of generosity you have shown me.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 19, 2013:
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.
Treathyl FOX (author) from Austin, Texas on October 29, 2013:
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!!!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 29, 2013:
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! :)