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by Hannah Leitheiser

Attachment Theory

Motivation and Personality

Abraham Maslow




In any case, we have already seen that higher basic needs may be-
come, after long gratification, independent both of their more powerful
prerequisites and of their own proper satisfactions, i.e., an adult who was
lovesatisfied in his early years becomes more independent than average
with regard to safety, belongingness, and love gratification at the present
time. I prefer to think of the character strl,scture as the most important
single instance of functional autonomy in psychology. It is the strong,
healthy, autonomous person who is most capable of withstanding loss of
love and popularity. But this strength and health have been ordinarily
produced in our society by early chronic gratifications of safety, love,
belongingness, and esteem needs. Which is to say that these aspects of the
person have become functionally autonomous, i.e., independent of the
very gratifications that created them. - Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality (1954)