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Characteristics of a Self-Actualizing Person



Characteristics of a Self-Actualizing Person
By Dr. Richard Boyum


Self-Actualization
To develop or achieve one's full potential



keep score for 16 questions on a separate sheet of paper.

Listed below are a series of 16 characteristics of a self-actualizing individual as described by Abraham Maslow. Self-actualizing here is defined as a person who is in the process of fulfilling their potential. After slowly and thoroughly reading each characteristic, rate yourself on the scale listed below that characteristic from 1 to 10. Your results will give you both a linear and intuitive representation of your strength and weaknesses in moving towards being a self-actualizing person. Spend some time focusing on why you are stronger in some characteristics than others. What is it that has given you a higher score? What might you do to make your score higher on any given characteristic. The
highest total you can receive is 160 points. How close are you?

SCORE     




  1. The self-actualized person has more efficient perception of reality and more

    comfortable relations with it. He can accept the good and the bad, the highs
    and the lows, and he can tell the difference.

  2. 1     2    
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      ______


  3. Acceptance of self, others, and nature. The self-actualizing person sees
    reality as it is and accepts responsibility for it. He is as objective as a
    subjective being can be in his perceptions.


  4. 1     2    
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      ______





  5. The self-actualizing person has spontaneity, simplicity and naturalness.
    In other words, this kind of person is not hung up on being as others think he
    should be. He is a person who is capable of doing what feels good and
    natural for himself simply because that’s how he feels. He does not try to
    hurt others, but he has respect for what is good himself.


  6. 1     2    
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      ______





  7. Problem Centering. The self-actualizing person is someone who is generally
    strongly focused on problems outside of himself. He is concerned with the
    problems of others and the problems of society, and is willing to work to try
    to alleviate those difficulties.


  8. 1     2    
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      ______





  9. The quality for detachment, the need for privacy. For all his social mindedness,
    the self-actualizing person has a need to be by himself or a need for solitude. He
    enjoys times for quiet reflection and doesn’t always need people around him. He
    can be with the few people that he would be close to and not need to communicate
    with them. Their presence is sufficient in and of itself.


  10. 1     2    
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      ______





  11. Autonomy, independence of culture and environment. The self-actualizing
    person is capable of doing things for himself and making decisions on his own.
    He believes in who and what he is.


  12. 1     2    
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    9     10    
      ______





  13. Continued freshness or appreciation. The self-actualizing person experiences
    a joy in the simple and the natural. Sunsets are always beautiful and he seeks
    them out. He can still enjoy playing the games he played as a child and having
    fun in some of the same ways he did many years before.


  14. 1     2    
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      ______





  15. The mystic experience, the peak experience. Self-actualizing people usually
    have experiences in which they literally feel they are floating. They feel very
    much in tune or at one with the world around them, and almost feel as if they
    are, for a momentary period in time, part of a different reality.


  16. 1     2    
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      ______





  17. A feeling of togetherness. Self-actualizing people have a feeling for all of
    mankind. They are aware and sensitive to the people that are about them.


  18. 1     2    
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      ______





  19. Interpersonal relations. Self-actualizing people have deeper and more
    profound interpersonal relations than other adults. They are capable
    of fusion, greater love and more perfect identification that other people could
    consider possible. They generally tend to have relatively few friends, but those
    relationships are deep and very meaningful.


  20. 1     2    
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      ______





  21. The democratic character structures. Self-actualizing people tend to believe
    in the equal nature of human beings, that every individual has a right to say, and
    that each person has his strengths and each person has his weaknesses.


  22. 1     2    
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      ______






  23. Discriminating between means and ends, between good and evil. Self-actualizing
    people know the difference between means and ends and good and evil and do
    not twist them in a way that hurt themselves or others.


  24. 1     2    
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      ______






  25. Philosophical and unhostile sense of humor. Self-actualizing people tend to
    enjoy humor. They like to laugh and like to joke, but not at the expense of others.
    They are generally seen as good natured, even though they are capable of being
    very serious.


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      ______






  27. Creativeness. Self-actualizing people are capable of being highly creative.
    Creativeness can be expressed in many dimensions by writing, speaking, playing,
    fantasies, or whatever, but self-actualizing do have moods of being creative.
    Maslow has said that a first-rate cook is better than a second-rate painter. Hence,
    creativeness can be expresses in many dimensions.


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      ______






  29. Resistance to inculturation, the transcendence of any particular culture. Maslow
    feels that the individual is above his culture in some way, that he maintains a
    strong individuality and is not so absorbed that he cannot evaluate the culture
    objectively in such a way that he can make decisions about what is best for him
    and those he cares about .


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      ______






  31. The imperfections of self-actualizing people. Self-actualizing people are individuals
    who are aware of the fact that they are not perfect, that they are as human as the
    next person, and that there are constantly new things to learn and new ways to
    grow. The self-actualizing person, although comfortable with himself, never stops striving.



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      ______




    TOTAL SCORE ______     






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Re: Characteristics of a Self-Actualizing Person

Thanks for this reflective test.
It would be interesting to have a friend mark the answers for you too and see how closely ( or not) they are mirrored!
Having just done the test, I can recognise the aspects of self-actualisation, but worry by explaining answers it is merely the ego-self taking over again?

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