In a recent newsletter from Cheryl Richardson I came across an interesting list of characteristics for self-actualization from Abraham Maslow, founder of humanistic psychology.
Maslow’s Self-Actualizing Characteristics
- See problems in terms of challenges and situations requiring solutions, rather than see problems as personal complaints or excuses.
- Need for privacy and comfortable being alone.
- Reliant on own experiences and judgment – independent – not reliant on culture and environment to form opinions and views.
- Not susceptible to social pressures – non-conformist.
- Democratic, fair and non-discriminating – embracing and enjoying all cultures, races and individual styles.
- Socially compassionate – possessing humanity.
- Accepting others as they are and not trying to change people.
- Comfortable with oneself – despite any unconventional tendencies.
- A few close intimate friends rather than many surface relationships.
- Sense of humor directed at oneself or the human condition, rather than at the expense of others.
- Spontaneous and natural – true to oneself, rather than being how others want.
- Excited and interested in everything, even ordinary things.
- Creative, inventive and original