Friday, 30 October 2015

Book of the Day #1

Just as what you consume physically can effect the quality of experience you have in the world so too can the visual and audible content you choose to take in.

With this in mind I will be sharing books which have shaped/are shaping the ideas and thoughts I am having, and ones especially which I feel have contributed to helping me overcome challenges I have faced, with the hope that they may be of similar benefit to you.

Do share with me your own favourites too as I am always open to being stretched and challenged in new ways and directions.



Abraham H. Maslow was one of the foremost spokespersons of humanistic psychology. In The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature, an extension of his classic Toward a Psychology of Being, Maslow explores the complexities of human nature by using both the empirical methods of science and the aesthetics of philosophical inquiry. With essays on biology, synergy, creativity, cognition, self-actualization, and the hierarchy of needs, this posthumous work is a wide-ranging synthesis of Maslow's inspiring and influential ideas.


"It is certainly possible for most of us to be greater than we are in actuality. We all have unused potentialities or not fully developed ones. It is certainly true that many of us evade our constitutionally suggested vocations (call, destiny, task in life, mission). So often we run away from the responsibilities dictated (or rather suggested) by nature, by fate, even sometimes by accident. We fear our highest possibilities. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under conditions of great courage. We enjoy and even thrill to godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe, and fear before these very same possibilities."

- Excerpt from 'The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature' pg 34

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