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Hey Piers,
If you are interested in Psychology without the pathology.. you should definitely check out the work of Martin Seligman... and his fast growing school of "positive psychology"

http://www.positivepsychology.org/apintro.htm

...is an interesting overview.

Cheers,

Jason

Sick psychology Piers ?

I'm aware of the standard criticisms of Maslow (many blog references to him) in that he studied people who were already professionally / intellectually advantaged, and didn't really cover a representative section of humanity ....

... but I still find his framework pretty convincing against many similar models ...

I'd be genuinely interested where you got your reaction from ? The Maslow Meme is a subject in itself.

http://www.psybertron.org/index.php?s=Maslow

Regards
Ian

Jason: thanks for the pointer - will definitely have a look!

Ian: By "sick psychology", I wasn't meaning to do Maslow down - I was just trying to say that his approach, focusing on "well" people and seeing what their psychological make-ups were like seemed a more sensible approach to establishing e.g. mental well-being than focusing on sick people. This latter course, which as I understand it Maslow *didn't* follow, seems to lead to "sick psychology". So I think I'm with you on this one?

Ah gotcha Piers,

I see - I was reading irony into you listing Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt after "sick people"

Which clearly you weren't - phew - my mistake.

(Sorry - I'm just particularly sensitive to Maslow as a "meme" I'm watching.)

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