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    the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrelation

    Does "the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrelationships" mean "the tendency to detachment and the tendency to need identification and the tendency to profound interrelationships"?The question here is that the grammatical structure is basically "the tendency + to + noun" (detachment and interrelationships are both nouns), while "to need identification" is very special: "to + verb + noun." I wonder whether the verb can be removed and replaced with an adjective like "necessary"?

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    In his seminal book, "Motivation and Personality", Maslow has a chapter on "Love in Self-Actualizing People", in which he outlines what love looks like in those who are most self-actualized. I'll leave the last word to Maslow:

    As we have seen, the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrelationships with another person can coexist in healthy people. The fact is that self-actualizing people are simultaneously the most individualistic and the most altruistic and social and loving of all human beings. The fact that we have in our culture put these qualities at opposite ends of a single continuum is apparently a mistake that must now be corrected. These qualities go together and the dichotomy is resolved in self-actualizing people.




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    Re: the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrela

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrelationships" mean "the tendency to detachment and the tendency to need identification and the tendency to profound interrelationships"?
    Yes, that is right.


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    Re: the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrela

    Is "need" a verb there?

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    Re: the tendencies to detachment and to need identification and to profound interrela

    The text is a mess. It could be read with need as part of a compound noun which I'd spell need-identification, or as a verb where the sentence discusses leanings people may have towards requiring identification.

    Unless you have a pressing need to study this text, you might be better off moving on to something else.
    I am not a teacher.

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