Self-actualization is a term used to describe the highest level of psychological development a person can attain—our “fullest potential.” The term was coined by theorist Kurt Goldstein, though used extensively by humanistic psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. It captures the idea that with the availability of the right resources, circumstances, and introspection, we can tap fully into our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual capacities, living as our “true selves.” Strategies for attaining self-actualization differ, but most are flexible to accommodate a range of philosophical and religious worldviews.

A Guided Meditation for Turning Awareness into Action

Michelle Maldonado, coauthor of A Bridge To Better: An Open Letter To Humanity and Resource Guide, shares a guided meditation for strengthening our ability to be self-aware, self-actualized, and self-determined as we co-create our emerging new reality and world together.

Maslow's Forgotten Pinnacle: Self-Transcendence

Abraham Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs is depicted as a triangle with self-actualization at the very top. Right before his death, Maslow wanted to add another to the hierarchy: Self-transcendence.

5 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a set of skills you can get better at with practice. Here are five skills you can cultivate to make you a more emotionally intelligent person.

Positive Psychology: From Recovery to Self-Actualization

Self-actualization may be the goal of both recovery and positive psychology.

Maslow’s Hierarchy vs. the 7 Chakras: Interestingly Similar

The author writes that she is a true believer in integrating Eastern and Western treatments/methods for optimal well-being, which is why she was so surprised she never noticed the similarities between Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the 7 Chakras.

Start Something That Matters

You become who you want to become by enacting habits that move you forward every day. The choices and practices you make in life are the building blocks that build a better reality.

Muhammad Ali and What It Takes to Achieve Greatness

The author says Muhammad Ali taught him that you can’t just make claims, you must train and prepare to be great.

Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome

Jobs need to be chosen that make use of the strengths of people with autism or Asperger's syndrome.