Abraham Maslow was born April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. The first of seven children, he was the son of Samuel and Rose (Schilofsky) Maslow. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. His childhood was unhappy and lonely , he didnt have friends, and he said that his only friends were the books. he also was the first black in a all-white school.
Maslow went on to study law at City College of New York (CCNY), He later switched to the University of Wisconsin where he developed an interested in psychology. Maslow earned all three of his degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin: a bachelor's degree in 1930, a master's degree in 1931 and a doctorate in 1934.
Abraham Maslow began teaching at Brooklyn College in 1937 and continued to work as a member of the school's faculty until 1951.During the 1950s, Maslow became one of the founders and driving forces behind the school of thought known as humanistic psychology. His theories including the hierarchy of needs, self-actualization and peak experiences became fundamental subjects in the humanist movement.
Maslow described human needs as ordered in a prepotent hierarchy—a pressing need would need to be mostly satisfied before someone would give their attention to the next highest need. According to Maslow's theory, when a human being ascends the levels of the hierarchy having fulfilled the needs in the hierarchy, one may eventually achieve self-actualization.