November 20, 2008

“Giving Up Maleness”: Abraham Maslow, Masculinity, and the Boundaries of Psychology

history — alice @ 1:37 am Print This Post  AddThis Social Bookmark Button

In a paper in History of Psychology, Nicholson (2001) examines Abraham Maslow’s attempt to reconstruct the boundaries of psychology. This paper focuses on Maslow’s struggle to find a way to “soften” scientific psychology without completely undermining what he believed was its essentially male nature.  Nicholson argues that Maslow’s attempt to broaden what it meant to be a psychologist was intimately linked to the question of what it meant to be a man, and that Maslow’s struggle to come to terms with his masculinity should stand as a testament to the power of gender assumptions in psychology and in American professional life as a whole.  According to Nicholson, Maslow stands as a dramatic demonstration of how significant the search for a powerful masculinity can be for the seemingly unrelated task of developing a powerful discipline.

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