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

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 7, 2018

“There is now emerging over the horizon a new conception of human sickness and of human health, a psychology that I find so thrilling and so full of wonderful possibilities…” –Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

We live in times of increasing divides, selfish concerns, and individualistic pursuits of power. I fear Maslow’s conceptualization of self-actualization and the vision of humanity that was prevalent among the humanistic psychologists of the 60 and 70s has been lost in this generation.

To help bring back these seminal ideas, and integrate them into modern theory and research on well-being and personality, I combed through Maslow’s writings and put his characteristics of self-actualization to the scientific test.

Take the Characteristics of Self-Actualization Scale here.

You can read a summary of the research that has been conducted on the scale at Scientific American.

You can read more about the scientific validation of the scale here.

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