Discrimination Between Means and Ends

Self-actualizing people have a clear sense of right and wrong conduct and have little conflict about basic values. They set their sights on ends rather than means and have an unusual ability to distinguish between the two. What other people consider

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to be a means (e.g., eating or exercising), self-actualizing people often see as an end in itself. They enjoy dohig something for its own sake and not just because it is a means to some other end. Maslow (1970) described his self-actualizing people by saying that "they can often enjoy for its own sake the getting to some place as well as the arriving. It is occasionally possible for them to make out of the most trivial and routhie activity an intrinsically enjoyable game" (p. 169).

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