What Would Jefferson Do?!

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Positive psychology is an important new area of psychology. Rather than focusing on individuals with mental disabilities or those who are psychologically challenged, positive psychology is all about helping people realize how they can find happiness and fulfillment in their lives. A large part of positive psychology is the self actualized individual. A self actualized person is described as someone whose personality contains a few main characteristics: acceptance and realism, personal responsibility and strong ethics, spontaneity, autonomy and solitude, continued freshness of appreciation of the world and experiences, and has peak experiences, or moments of intense excitement and tranquility because of a profound sense of connection to the world. Some people that have been recognized as self actualized individuals are Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Mahatma Gandhi. Maslow views a self actualized individual as someone who has reached their highest potential and are doing the best that they are possible capable of doing. Seeing the list of characteristics next to the list of extremely accomplished individuals can make the journey of self actualization sound extremely unattainable. Yet it is just the opposite! One of the biggest outlooks of a self actualized individual is the understanding that the journey is just as important as achieving the goal. Although the idea of self actualization is not easily falsified, the idea behind it is to better yourself as an individual to be the best that you can possibly be. So think 'What Would Jefferson Do' and enjoy your journey!

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