Gemeinschaftsgefhl

Self-actualizing people possess Gemeinschaftsgefiihl, Adler s term for social interest, community feeling, or a sense of oneness with all humanity. Maslow found that his self-actualizers had a kind of caring attitude toward other people. Although they often feel like aliens in a foreign land self-actualizers nevertheless identify with all other people and have a genuine mterest in helping others—strangers as well as friends.

Self-actualizers may become angry, impatient, or disgusted with others; but they retam a feeling of affection for human bemgs in general. More specifically, Maslow (1970) stated that self-actualizing people are "often saddened exasperated and even enraged by the shortcomings of the average person" (p. 166), but nevertheless, they continue to feel a basic kinship with that person.

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