Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Self-Actualization

For some reason that my 2015-self does not quite understand, my 2008-me found this interesting enough to make a book-mark out of.

Characteristics of a self-actualized person
1. Have a more efficient perception
2. Are not frightened by the unknown
3. Accept themselves and others
4. Enjoy themselves without shame
5. Lack defensiveness and pose
6. Express spontaneity - simplicity - naturalness
7. Are motivated by an urge to grow
8. Focus on problems outside themselves
9. Have the quality of detachment
10. Have a greater need for privacy
11. Are more independent of culture and environment
12. Have a continued freshness of appreciation
13. Have ha a mystic/ peak experience
14. Have deeper feelings of identification - sympathy - affection
15. Desire to help the human race
16. Have deeper, profound interpersonal relations
17. Are democratic
18. Can discriminate between means-end and good-evil
19. Are philosophical
20. Have a non-hostile sense of humour
21. Are creative
22. Are resistant to 'en-culturation' and transcends any particular culture.

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- Abraham Marslow's study of "whole" people

It is all part of the process of having brought my me from then to now, from there to here.

2 comments:

  1. A worthy list to aspire to. Of course Maslow stated that very few reach a state of self-actualisation (too busy trying to prioritising more basic needs). My estimation is that most people find both components of point three the most difficult in practice.

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  2. Striving is all we can ever aim to do Philip, keep it up and keep reminding me to do the same.

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