Eupsychian Theory

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Eupsychian Theory is a term used by Abraham Maslow to describe a theory of human nature and motivation aimed at creating a utopian society filled with fully developed human beings.[1]

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Maslow died prematurely and never developed this theory.

As Maslow said, “we must ultimately assume at the highest theoretical levels of eupsychian theory, a preference or a tendency to identify with more and more of the world, moving towards the ultimate of mysticism, a fusion with the world, or peak experience, cosmic consciousness, etc.”[2]

Nascent Euspychian Theory: "I have acted upon this personal conviction in revising this book, writing into the psychology presented herein, the belief that it is an aspect of a much broader world view and of a comprehensive life-philosophy, which is already partly worked out, at least to the point of plausibility, and must, therefore, be taken seriously."[3]

Resistance: "I must say a word about the irritating fact that this veritable revolution (a new image of man, of society, of nature, of science, of ultimate values, of philosophy, etc., etc.) is still almost completely overlooked by much of the intellectual community, especially that portion of it that controls the channels of communication to the educated public and to youth. (For this reason I have taken to calling it the Unnoticed Revolution.) Many members of this community propound an outlook characterized by a profound despair and cynicism which sometimes degenerates into corrosive malice and cruelty. In effect they deny the possibility of im- ' proving human nature and society, or of discovering intrinsic human values, or of being life-loving in general."[4]

Resistance to consideration of eupsychian theory a pathology. "Recently I have become more and more inclined to think that the atomistic way of thinking is a form of mild psychopathology, or is at least one aspect of the syndrome of cog- nitive immaturity. The holistic way of thinking and seeing seems to come quite naturally and automatically to healthier, self-actualizing people, and seems to be· extraordinarily difficult for less evolved, less mature, less healthy people."[5]

Eupsychian theory is a theory of mental illness based on deprevation/thwarting of needs [6]


  1. Maslow, Abraham. “Eupsychia—The Good Society.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology 1, no. 2 (1961): 1.
  2. Maslow, Abraham H. Eupsychian Management: A Journal. Homewood, IL: Richard D. Irwin Inc. & The Dorsey Press., 1965. p. 33.
  3. Maslow, A.H. Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. p. x.
  4. Maslow, A.H. Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. p. x.
  5. Maslow, A.H. Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. p. xi.
  6. Maslow, A.H. Motivation and Personality. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. p. xi.