Top 12 Traits of the Self-Actualized Human

Dec 1, 2016 by Alycia Schaefer
Source: Huffington Post

Source: Huffington Post

What are all these workshops for? What are we working towards? How do we know when we’ve reached our goals? If you’ve ever wondered these questions, this article is for you.


Did you know- that according to Maslow, self-actualized people embrace the unknown and the ambiguous, and they accept themselves- together with all their flaws?!


We totally agree with Maslow’s (lesser known) theory of self actualization. Productive Learning believes that in order to create an extraordinary life, these are the types of characteristics we must embody. These are the things that we are working towards in life. Read on to learn why we believe in the personal growth journey and why we have dedicated our lives to this pursuit- not only for ourselves, but for our clients. 


Abraham Maslow is highly respected and well-known in the field of Psychology. It is thanks to him that we know some of the most basic principles on human need and tendencies. In his journey to to understand the human mind, he conducted a study to determine the characteristics of people he believed to be living “the good life”. He wanted to know everything about the types of people who were as close to self-actualization as possible, and find out what they had in common. He believed in things like, maximizing your potential, doing the best you are capable of, and achieving life’s pinnacle moments. He studied people like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson to find out some amazing factoids.

Here is a summary of his findings. You can see the full article in the Huffington Post here as well.

Originally published in his book, Motivation and Personality, the Top 12 Traits of the Self-Actualized Human are as follows:


  1. Self-actualized people embrace the unknown and the ambiguous.
  2. They accept themselves, together with all their flaws.
  3. They prioritize and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
  4. While they are inherently unconventional, they do not seek to shock or disturb.
  5. They are motivated by growth, not by the satisfaction of needs.
  6. Self-actualized people have purpose.
  7. They are not troubled by the small things.
  8. Self-actualized people are grateful.
  9. They share deep relationships with a few, but also feel identification and affection towards the entire human race.
  10. Self-actualized people are humble.
  11. Self-actualized people resist enculturation.
  12. Despite all this, self-actualized people are not perfect.

Now, those are results worth striving for. Who’s with us?

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