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Self-Actualization

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.

Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be: Where to Start

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.

What Does It Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century?

Many people are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, in which he argued that basic needs such as safety, belonging, and self-esteem must be satisfied (to a reasonable healthy degree) before being able to fully realize one's unique creative and humanitarian potential.

Want to Be a Game Changer? Dave Asprey Knows You Can

In this interview, Dave Asprey talks about science-backed, high performance "laws" that are a virtual playbook for how to get better at life.

New Year’s Spiritual Renewal: Making Resolutions vs. Transforming Our Identity

What are the “spiritual” approaches to change that go deeper—and are far more successful—than the mere making of resolutions?

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