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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Maslow's Theory of Self-Actualization



Self-Actualization and/or Self realization

Is perhaps life’s greatest “Aha Moment”

It is a long and winding road from

Simple physiological needs to the highest need

Which is the “meaning of life” or “being values”

A state where one has refined what he has learned in life

Near perfection of managing the moral virtues with ease

Responses are at their fingertips

With good rational explanations

“And this too, will pass”

Words often spoken by a self-affirmed person

Everything from life to death

And anything in between

The knowledge that life goes on, no matter what

Self-Affirmation is a result of diverse life experiences

Often resolving dichotomies such as that reflected in

The ultimate contrary of free-will and determinism

For me, It was like going to hell and back

Self-actualization occurs when

One maximizes her potential, doing the best that she is capable of doing.

According to Maslow, self-actualization

Represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of the highest needs

He also states that there are 12 characteristics of a self actualized person

(1 )They embrace the unknown and the ambiguous
(2) They accept themselves, together with all their flaws.
3) They prioritize and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
4) While they are inherently unconventional, they do not seek to shock or disturb.
5) They are motivated by growth, not by the satisfaction of needs.
6) Self-actualized people have purpose.
7) They are not troubled by the small things.
8) Self-actualized people are grateful.
9) They share deep relationships with a few, but also feel identification and affection towards the entire human race.
10) Self-actualized people are humble.
11) Self-actualized people resist enculturation.

12) Despite all this, self-actualized people are not perfect


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