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Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams reveal vital information that expose the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation metaphorical of the emotional energies and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section

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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.


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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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      9     10    
        ______





    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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        ______





    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.


    26. 1     2    
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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.


    28. 1     2    
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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 ______     






    Add the 16 totals

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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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