Abraham Maslow and Heinz Kohut

  title={Abraham Maslow and Heinz Kohut},
  author={Thierry C. Pauchant and Colette A. Dumas},
  journal={Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
  pages={49 - 71}
In this article we present a comparison of the lives and work of Abraham Maslow, a founding father of humanistic psychology, and Heinz Kohut, the founding father of self psychology. While this comparison reveals certain predictable differences between these distinct leaders and their theoretical orientations, it also reveals surprising similarities in terms of their visions, their theories, and their lives. In addition, this comparison indicates that self psychology can provide an empirical… 

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Man's investigations become ever more consistent and systematic, the scope of the sensory organs is increased through instrumentation, the observed facts are integrated into larger units (theories) with the aid of conceptual thought bridges, and thus evolves gradually, by imperceptible steps, the scientific investigation of the external world.