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Wow, “discovering and expressing” myself? “That’s kind of weird,” you may say, “I think I already am myself, how can I discover that when I can’t be anyone but me anyway?” Good question! That is what this chapter is all about because the determinative words in the title are “true” and “authentic.” Therein, lies the story. Please read on…
Way back in the 1900s, Dr. Abraham Maslow wrote an article entitled “A Theory of Human Motivation” which appeared in Psychological Review. In this article Dr. Maslow discussed, perhaps for the first time, a “needs” based framework or perspective of human motivation. The basis of his theory is that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs and that certain needs have to be satisfied before higher needs can be satisfied.
According to Dr. Maslow, those general lower, fundamental, needs like survival, safety, social activities, recognition, attention, and self- respect, must be taken care of before one can move into what he calls “self actualization.
“Self actualization” is all about the quest of reaching one’s full potential as a person, which really means growing psychologically and spiritually, as there are always new opportunities to grow, if you are paying attention. This system, this hierarchy of needs, allows you to think about “where you are in life” in a structured way. The acknowledgement of “where you are in life” on this scale, is a good first step in discovering your “authentic self” because while that “authentic self” will and does change over time, that ability to be you supports your ability to have energized moments of profound happiness and harmony which makes for a fulfilling life, for sure.
To point you in that direction, read my chapter in 27 Flavors of Fulfillment, How to Live Life to the Fullest! to work on discovering and/or expanding your true authentic self.
~Excerpt from Darity Wesley’s Chapter #9 in 27 Flavors of Fulfillment, How to Live Life to the Fullest!