WEEK TEN - SELF ACTUALIZATION
From qualities to envy, to learning more about notable historical people, this issue covers things to know about self-actualization and how to embody it. We each have our own unique talents and have the power to achieve all we desire. In this issue, we hope to inspire you to embrace your amazingness and dig a little deeper, too. Read on for more.
QUALITIES TO ENVY
HERE ARE A FEW CHARACTERISTICS THAT SELF-ACTUALIZED PEOPLE HAVE. KNOWING THESE CHARACTERISTICS WILL ALLOW YOU TO START INCORPORATING THEM INTO YOUR LIFE TO BECOME A MORE SELF-ACTUALIZED INDIVIDUAL.
Self-actualization is achieved when you can reach your fullest potential. Here are eight characteristics of self-actualized people.
Acceptance: Self-actualized people accept themselves and others as they are. They tend to lack inhibition; they enjoy themselves and their lives free of guilt.
Realistic: Instead of being fearful, self-actualized individuals view life as it unfolds both logically and rationally.
Responsible: Self-actualized people are motivated by a strong sense of responsibility and personal ethics. They apply their problem-solving skills to their lives and enjoy helping others reach their full potential and improve their own lives.
Independent: They are highly independent and don't conform to other's perception of pleasure or contentment. This perspective is original and allows the self-actualized individual to live in the moment fully.
Private: While they love being in the company of loved ones and other, self-actualized individuals value their privacy and enjoy solitude. Taking time for themselves allows them personal discovery and the ability to cultivate their potential.
Humorous: They enjoy humor and laugh at themselves with a thoughtful sense of humor. The self-actualized person does not feel the need to joke at the expense of other people's feelings.
Spontaneous: They are open, unconventional, and unexpected. While they do conform to social expectations, they do not let the expectations confine them.
Journey: The journey towards the goal is as rewarding as fulfilling the goal to many self-actualized people.
A-NOT-IN-YOUR-HISTORY-BOOK HISTORY LESSON
THESE NINE HISTORICAL PEOPLE REPRESENT DISTINCT SELF-ACTUALIZATION CHARACTERISTICS THAT MASLOW CONSIDERED ALL SELF-ACTUALIZED INDIVIDUALS OCCUPIED TO ONE DEGREE OR ANOTHER.
Today, many of us are aware of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The model represents a group of essential needs that must be satisfied before humans can involve themselves in anything else. For example, one needs to eat before one can worry about safety, one needs to feel safe before seeking belonging, one needs to feel love before developing self-esteem, and one needs to feel self-esteem before they can reach self-actualization.
In his book, Motivation, and Personality, Maslow described self-actualization as the "full use and exploitation of talents, capacities, etc. Such people seem to be fulfilling themselves and to be doing the best that they are capable of doing. […] They are people who have developed or are developing to the full stature of which they are capable."
By studying friends, colleagues, and students in addition to nine historical figures, Maslow was able to develop his definition and discover who he believed had become genuinely self-actualized. The historical figures shed light on the qualities of self-actualized individuals in general.
1) Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln could express many of the characteristics of self-actualized people, but Maslow had one aspect in particular: a philosophical, unhostile sense of humor.
2) Thomas Jefferson: Maslow recognized Jefferson as a self-actualized person due to Jefferson's democratic character structure.
3) Albert Einstein: Maslow explained that self-actualized people are grounded in the real world, rather than the biases that most of us encounter. Maslow contended that numerous outstanding scientists, namely Einstein, maintain this quality and encourage them to discover more about the undiscovered and the obscure.
4) Elanor Rosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt best embodied the feature that Maslow referred to as Gemeinshaftsgefuhl, "a psychologically healthy social connectedness and concern for other's well-being, even — or especially — when other's behavior is disgraceful or disappointing."
5) Jane Addams: An early feminist, social worker, and pacifist, Jane Addams represents the morality that Maslow considered self-actualized people to have.
6) William James: Self-actualized can genuinely accept the self, nature, and others, best represented in William James.
7) Albert Schweitzer: Self-actualized people "customarily have some mission in life, some task to fulfill, some problem outside themselves which enlists much of their energies." Albert Schweitzer, a Polymath and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, epitomizes this quality.
8) Aldous Huxley: Maslow believed self-actualized people exhibited reoccurring "peak" or "mystical" occurrences. The feeling was feeling more powerful while simultaneously feeling powerless.
9) Baruch Spinoza: Baruch Spinoza displayed the autonomy and independence of culture Maslow alleges self-actualized individuals to possess.
AFFIRM YOUR WAY TO SELF-ACTUALIZATION
HERE ARE THE AFFIRMATIONS YOU NEED TO BECOME A SELF-ACTUALIZED INDIVIDUAL.
Affirmations. Ever heard of them? They are a strategy used to promote self-confidence and belief in yourself. Repeating affirmations help boost your motivation and give you the confidence you need to take action. Here are our five favorite affirmations that you should repeat to start taking action into becoming a self-actualized person.
Help me be open, tolerant, and truthful.
Help me rise above judgment.
Help me seek my true self and feel secure in my spirituality.
Help me be independent and strong.
Help me have a calm mind and a pure heart.