Sunday, 8 September 2013

Utterly confused head space, stagnant career - normal part of human development?

At a time when most teenagers (and, let’s face it, those of us in our mid-twenties aswel) are struggling just to get out of bed, the story of a courageous and adventurous nineteen year old is being aired on prime time television. A fearless individual with nothing to lose and only everything to gain, speaks of the importance of believing in your passion and the courage to pursue it. “You gotta take it as it is, and do it”. Thanks, ‘Flyin Ryan’. "All of our lives we spend listening to everybody else, we want to please them, we want them to approve whatever we’ve done its almost a caged feeling. LEARN TO SAY NO!" - Alicia Keys. Two remarkable and deeply inspiring stories aired on sixty Minutes tonight. Which have only built on the existing notion of wanting to break free from my own ‘caged feeling’ once again. Self-actualization is a continuous process of human development and a core component in human development, as proven by Abraham Maslow. "What a man can be, he must be”. This quotation forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization. This level of need refers to what a person's full potential is and the realization of that potential. Maslow describes this level as the desire to accomplish everything that one can, to become the most that one can be. Individuals may perceive or focus on this need very specifically. For example, one individual may have the strong desire to become an ideal parent. In another, the desire may be expressed athletically. For others, it may be expressed in paintings, pictures, or inventions. According to Maslow, to achieve this level of need, the person must not only achieve the previous needs (morality, creativity, spontaneity and lack of prejudice) but master them.

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