Self-Actualization- The Mystic Experience and More
Following along our previous blog on Self-Actualization, Abraham Maslow outlined other characteristics of a self-actualized person:
- The mystic experience– being in tune or at “one” with the world. Can literally feel as if they are floating.
- Feelings of “togetherness”- awareness and sensitivity to all mankind
- Deep interpersonal relationships- profound and deep relationships with others
- Insightful discrimination between means and ends- strong sense of right and wrong; good and bad. Will not cross the line.
- Philosophical sense of humor- enjoy humor; good natured yet serious
- Creativity- highly creative and expressed in many dimensions (writing, speaking, painting, music, cooking, etc)
- Transcendent of cultures- maintains a strong individuality, ability to objectively evaluate culture and relativity to its importance
- Tolerant of imperfections- does not profess to be right or perfect. Always willing to grow and learn. Tolerant of the imperfection of others.
According to Dr. Kurt Goldstein, psychologist: Self-Actualization is a uniquely human need that separates humans from all other animals.