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The Plateau Experience: Maslow's Unfinished Theory

Buckler, Scott (2011) The Plateau Experience: Maslow's Unfinished Theory. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN 3844306250


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Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was a leading psychologist whose hierarchy of needs has resonated throughout various disciplines. The pinnacle of Maslow's hierarchy was self-actualisation, characterised by the peak experience. However there are a series of definitional, theoretical and methodological issues related to the hierarchy and self-actualisation. Maslow specifically refuted his own theory, instead suggesting that research should be directed towards self-transcendence as characterised by the plateau experience. To date, the plateau experience has remained obscure. This book explores the problematic nature of self- actualisation and the relationship between peak experiences and flow, before progressing to analyse Maslow's composite musings about the plateau experience. From this, a number of defining characteristics are identified, which subsequently inform the development of a psychometric, the Plateau Experience measure (or PLEX). The PLEX has demonstrated secure psychometric properties and is offered as a resource to investigate the plateau experience further.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Abraham Maslow, hierarchy, self-actualisation, plateau experience
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Copyright Info: Lambert Academic Publishing
Depositing User: Scott Buckler
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 09:23
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:23

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