"The deepest principle of human nature is to be appreciated."
William James, Psychologist and Philosopher
Late 19th to early 20th century "father of psychology" William James laid the foundations for understanding the workings of the human mind. His quote about appreciation is perhaps one of the most significant things we have ever learned about humanity - perhaps about the animal world in general (and some people would like to take it beyond that!).
Try the experiment (if you haven't already). Help those around you to be at their best by telling them what you appreciate - not what you don't! You will soon discover that they already know or will quickly understand what you don't like! (And if they don't, well, there is still the option to tell them!).
If you want to take this further still and use it in a professional sense, then try the AtMyBest
questionnaire, a development of 360 Facilitated
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See more quotes from William James (1842 - 1910), such as:
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. William James
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.
Instead of going out of date, James comes into fashion. It took generations to get back to Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
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