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The New Science of Self-Actualisation

Scott Barry Kaufman

59 mins watch time

Posted March 2021

Philosophy, Psychology & Personal Development

Many of us are familiar with Abraham Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ – a pyramid with food and water at the bottom and ‘self-actualisation’ at the top: the state of possessing deep self-awareness and fully realising your potential in life. It’s an appealing metaphor: a story of achievement, of mastering life level by level until you’ve “won”. But in reality, life is nothing a trek up the summit of pyramid. It’s more like a vast ocean, full of new opportunities for meaning and discovery but also danger and uncertainty. The human condition isn’t a competition; it’s an experience.