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by Hannah Leitheiser


#maslow #instinct

Motivation and Personality

Abraham Maslow




"Coordinate with the bad-animal interpretation of instincts was the expectation that they would be seen most clearly in the insane, the criminal. That conscience, rationality, and ethics are no more than an acquired veneer, and civilization nothing but bad-animality-restraining forces. This mistake is so crucial, so tragedy laden, that it may be likened in historical importance to such mistakes as the belief in divine right of kings, in the exclusive validity of any one religion, in the denial of evolution, or in the belief that the earth is flat. Recognize instinctoid needs to be not bad, but neutral or good, and a thousand pseudo problems solve themselves and fade out of existence."

- Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality (1954)

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