Maslow

Self-Actualization: The Struggle Eternal

by David King on October 23, 2012

Pick up any first year psychology textbook and you’ll learn about self-actualization, a pinnacle stage of psychological development defined by the realization of one’s full potential. According to Abraham Maslow (the theory’s author), less than 1% of the human population will ever self-actualize. This is surely to the disappointment of nearly 7 billion fragile psyches…

But you see, the realization of one’s potential isn’t about bringing home the bacon. Indeed, it’s about something much deeper than that, something with much more substance – more muchness, as the Mad Hatter might put it.

Self-actualization is about YOU in the truest sense of the word. It’s about digging as deeply as you can dig. It’s about wading through all the garbage – the expectations, the pressures, the demands, the insecurities, and the hurt – and realizing the most authentic version of … Keep Reading Here

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Darwin Be Damned: The New Rules of Evolution

by David King on September 16, 2012

The search for meaning is a big one. And it’s the only one that matters in the end.

I believe that everything can be reduced to meaning. I’ve always felt this way about life, not based on some book I read or on some theory I learned in school, but rather on my experiences. We are meaning-seeking creatures, every one of us, no matter our race, creed, or intellect. Meaning is our primary motivation, even if we don’t know it (and in fact, I believe most of us don’t).

Darwin’s theory of evolution and its underpinning mechanism, survival of the fittest, offer sound explanations for a number of life-related phenomena, including human intelligence. But survival of the fittest only explains the lowest 3 to 4 needs on Maslow’s hierarchy. It says nothing of the search for meaning, which would be … Keep Reading Here

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