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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Motivation and Personality

Abraham Maslow




"If you pick up the child when he wakes
from his dream, won't he learn to cry whenever he wants to be picked up
(since you reward the crying)?" "If you allow the child to eat what he
chooses, won't he be spoiled?" "If you pay attention to the child's antics,
won't he learn to be silly in order to attract your attention?" "If you give
the child his way, won't he want his way always?" These questions cannot
be answered by learning theories alonc; we must also invoke gratification
theory and the theory of functional autonomy to round out the picture. - Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality (1954)