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The Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid
by Abraham Maslow 

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What is the hierarchy of needs pyramid?

Abraham Maslow, one of the founding fathers of humanistic psychology, also called the pyramid the theory of human motivation, published in the Psychological Review journal in 1943. Each level represents a different human need. As individuals fulfill the bottom need, they will be motivated to achieve the higher needs and reach their full potential, self-actualization.

What is self-actualization?

Self-actualization is a process through which an individual is on a quest to learn, grow, and be creative, using their abilities to form an integrated personality, a whole “self.” It can also be viewed as a process and realization that the self and the environment are two pieces of a greater whole: the holistic self.

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How do you achieve self-actualization?

Self-actualization is not a permanent state. It is a natural, dynamic, lifelong growth process with total concentration and absorption, developing into a full, transparent, and selfless experience. It involves a strong sense of purpose and self-awareness. As individuals learn to develop and grow their strengths and talents to become their ideal selves, they are closer to self-actualization.

What are the benefits of self-actualization?

Self-actualized individuals trust themselves rather than rely on external factors when making decisions. They are independent, self-confident, and resourceful in using their abilities to achieve their goals and fulfill their purpose and mission in life. They tend to have deeper, healthier, and more meaningful interpersonal relationships than people who are not self-actualized. These individuals tend to lead to a more compassionate, caring, problem-solving, and altruistic lifestyle. Maslow stated that individuals are born selfish, but as they move toward self-actualization, they gradually become selfless and compassionate to create a flourishing society.


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