True happiness, lasting happiness can be achieved through a process known as Self-Actualisation, or Self-Realisation. This is a natural state and within the reach of all human beings. It comes from having satisfied all of one’s human needs.
This is the kind of happiness that cannot be obtained through the acquisition of things. The fleeting gratification in receiving goods or services is not true happiness. That is an illusion created by our global consumer society. I am not suggesting that you should avoid having nice things, just that they are not a source of true happiness.
Truly happy people are Self-Actualised (SA) people, so called because they are a much fuller expression of their unique human potential than non SA people. The state has been given many labels, enlightened or awakened being two of them. In Zen, it is described Satori.
While you cannot order happiness on demand, you can create the right conditions in yourself for Self-Actualisation to occur. This eBook describes what these conditions are, and how you might go about creating them. The rest is up to you.
Dr. David Tuffley, and experienced teacher and researcher takes you through a series of short videos that paint a portrait of the self-actualising person that you can learn from and emulate in your own life. If you take this course, follow its advice and put the principles into practice in your own life, you make it much more likely that you will experience true happiness. Enrol today, consider it an investment in your future happiness.
True happiness comes from becoming Self-Actualised. The Self-Actualising person is simply someone who is expressing their fullest human potential.
This course describes the characteristics of a self-actualising person which can be understood as the foundation upon which you can learn how to express your own fullest potential, or in other words your innate genius.
The achievement of self-actualisation was thought of by Maslow as a human need. It is inherent in everyone’s nature to feel the need to become self-actualised.
Maslow recognised a hierarchy of human needs. The hierarchy is represented as a pyramid, with the basic needs at the pyramid’s broad base, and with self-actualisation at the apex. A self-actualised person has found a way to satisfy all of his or her lower needs and has cultivated the conscious awareness of their fullest potential. The vision of themselves at their fullest potential becomes their guiding light.
The need for Self-Actualisation asserts itself once we have satisfied the lowest-order needs for food, shelter, sex, then middle-order needs for safety and security, then the higher middle-order needs for love and belonging. Above these is the higher-order need for self-esteem. The highest need of all, sitting like the capstone of a pyramid is the need for Self-Actualisation.
Self-Actualised (SA) people, whoever they are and whatever the circumstances of their lives, tend to approach life in the ways described in this course.
Self-Actualized (SA) people throw themselves unreservedly into the experiences that come their way. They do not hold back. They concentrate on the experience to the exclusion of all else. They do not think, oh this could be better, or I wish I was somewhere else. They see each moment as perfect in its own way. Recognizing this allows you to then experience the moment wholeheartedly.
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Self-Actualized people transcend socially-defined modes of thinking, feeling and acting. They let their inner experience tell them what they truly feel. They do not follow the opinion of the crowd for its own sake, not having much faith in the collective wisdom of the individually ignorant. As harsh as that might sound, the mentality of the crowd usually resides at the lowest common denominator.
It takes courage, but Self-Actualized people look honestly at themselves and take responsibility for who and what they are, and what happens in their life because they have come to be able to see the cause-and-effect links between what they did in the past and what is happening now. Likewise they consciously create a desirable future by creating the causal event now that will result in that future.
Self-Actualized people are prepared to be unpopular if necessary. As mentioned previously, the need for social acceptance can lead one to compromise one’s principles for the sake of getting along.
Self-Actualized people ask themselves who am I, what am I, what is good and what is bad for me, where am I going, what is my mission in life?
Opening up yourself in this way means recognising where your defences and blockages are -- and then finding the courage to give them up.
Self-Actualized people see human nature as it really is, and comes to constructive terms with it. They know that it cannot be changed through wishful thinking.
Self-Actualized people are unhampered by convention. Their ethics are autonomous, they see themselves as individuals, and are motivated towards continual improvement.
SA people respond to situations appropriately because they perceive the situation clearly and act accordingly, not by replaying a standard response from their behavioral repertoire.
Self-Actualization has been clearly linked to a strong sense of purpose. Self-Actualized people have a mission in life that requires much energy. Their mission is their reason to be alive. SA people are usually serene and worry-free as they pursue their mission with unshakeable determination.
The SA person’s sense of purpose informs almost every aspect of their life. It is their reason to get out of bed in the morning and keeps them hard at work all day, though they probably would not call it work since it is what they would be doing anyway, regardless of whether they need the money.
Self-Actualized people is alone but not lonely. Solitude is often their preference because in the silence they can hear the wee small voice of their conscience telling them many interesting things.
David Tuffley PhD is a lecturer in Applied Ethics & SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University in Australia. David is a published author with 42 titles in print and eBook, as well as an experienced and engaging public speaker with a reputation for teaching excellence.
Before academia, David was an IT industry consultant for 15 years in Australia and the United Kingdom working for large public and private sector organisations.
David is has written widely in the Classics through to the latest technology, and includes Psychology, Anthropology, Architecture, Philosophy, Comparative Religions and Creativity/Innovation. He actively contributes to the news media on Socio-Technical topics.