Characteristics of Self Actualizing People

Maslow believed that all humans have the potential for self-actualization. Then why are we not all self-actualizing? To be self-actualizing, Maslow believed people must be regularly satisfied hi then other needs and must also embrace the B-values. Using these two criteria, he guessed that the psychologically healthiest 1% of the adult population of the United States would be self-actualizing.

Beyond Biography What prompted Maslow to look for self-actualizing people? For information on Maslow's quest for the self-actualizing person, see our website at

Maslow (1970) listed 15 tentative qualities that characterize self-actualizing people to at least some degree.

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