Total wholehearted and unconflicted love, acceptance … rather than the more usual mixture of love and hate that passes for “love” or friendship or sexuality or authority or power, etc.
Profound. Would have to think long about the above.
IMO at the apex, above self-actualization, would be reproduction. Am about 99.9 percent sure of this: in a Darwinian world, it makes abundant sense. Maslow’s other five levels would hypothetically be the stepping stones to reproduction of the individual, and thus the species.
Posted by John G Mess on 02/07 at 01:09 PM
don’t think you would need self-actualization or self-transcendance to reproduce.
Posted by instamatic on 02/07 at 04:39 PM
To reproduce successfully, yes.
A crack baby is an example of an unsuccessful reproduction; whereas a self-actualized/self-transcending person would tend to reproduce more successfully. Maslow’s pyramid infers an individual’s progress in life—not lack thereof. This pyramid is a pyramid of function, not dysfunction.
What progress is made by people reproducing in hovels?: they may not even be physiologically stable: thus safety, love/belonging, esteem and self-actualization are levels they never reach. Their reproduction might be said to be unsuccessful.
At any rate, Maslow perceived a pyramid based on a sociological perspective; I’m adding a different apex.