Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Notes

These are some notes that I took while learning about Maslow's "Peak Experiences."

A peak experience involves:


  • Intense happiness
  • Heightened sense of reality
  • Expansion of awareness
  • Feeling one with the universe
  • Clear thinking and understanding
  • Feeling more powerful
  • Loss of placement in time and space
Hints:
  • Experience fully, vividly: be present.
  • Make a growth choice 12 times a day.
  • Shut out external behavioral clues.
  • When in doubt, be honest and take responsibility.
  • Be prepared to be unpopular.
  • Make peak experiences more likely.
  • Identify your defenses and give them up.
  • Do not do things that do not reinforce your goals.  DO things that do!
  • Find a mentor who has achieved your goal.
  • Avoid nay-sayers.
  • User visual reminders.
  • Track your progress.
  • Focus on positive. Forgive the negative.
  • Find social support.
Superior Traits:
  • no fear of the unknown
  • self-acceptance
  • accepts reality
  • no unnecessary inhibitions
  • focus on mission in life, devoted to duty
  • serene
  • lack of worry
  • alone without being lonely
  • self-starter
  • owns behavior
  • non-stereotyped
  • present
  • has peak experiences
  • awe
  • loss of placement
  • expects good
  • kinship with good, bad, and ugly
  • profound relationship with few
  • friendly with many
  • humble
  • discriminates between means and ends
  • tedious = enjoyable
  • unhostile humor
  • self-depricating
  • creative
  • resists enculturation
  • indignant of injustice
  • has imperfections
  • impatient when stuck
  • resolves dichotomies
  • no "conflict"
  • wise
  • child-like qualities
  • more interested in stuff than having stuff