New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the Post-Freudian by Colin Wilson

By Colin Wilson

Written with the "active and specific cooperation of Abraham Maslow". Maslow and Wilson have been pals and correspondents throughout the Sixties, and Maslow labored including Wilson to create this wonderful research of Maslovian Psychology. New Pathways first reports the background of psychology, delivering a much-needed context for knowing the innovative nature of Maslow's "Third strength" flow. Wilson then brings Maslow's paintings to lifestyles via targeting the sensible functions of Maslow's theories. hugely instructed for all scholars and researchers who desire to comprehend the complexities of human motivation and cognizance. This e-book version includes the full 270 web page textual content of the unique 1972 hardcover version. *** ***

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Boredom cripples the will. Meaning stimulates it. The peak experience is a sudden surge of meaning. The question that arises now is: how can I choose meaning? If Maslow is correct, I can’t. I must be ‘surprised’ by it. It is a by-product of effort. At this point, I was able to point out to Maslow a possibility that he had overlooked, a concept I called ‘the indifference threshold’ or ‘St Neot margin’. It is fundamentally a recognition that crises or difficulties can often produce a sense of meaning when more pleasant stimuli have failed.

Admittedly, he can’t learn languages or how to type, but if I take him for a walk on the cliffs, he obviously experiences every time just as if it is the first. I can tell this by the ecstatic way he bounds about. Descartes was all wrong about animals. ’ Heaven lies about us in our infancy, as Wordsworth pointed out, because the robot hasn’t yet taken over. So a child experiences delightful things as more delightful, and horrid things as more horrid. Time goes slower, and mechanical tasks drag, because there is no robot to take over.

When something occupies my full attention, it is very real to me. When I have put the book back on the shelf, I have un-realised it, to some extent. I have pushed it back to a more abstract level of reality. But I have the power to realise it again. Consider the mental act I make when I feel glad to see the book again. I ‘reach out’ my invisible mental tentacles to it, as I might reach out my hand to a friend I am delighted to see, and I focus my beam of interest on it with a kind of intensity—the kind of intentness with which a sapper de-fuses an unexploded bomb.

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