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A bold reimagining of Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs--and new insights for realizing your full potential and living your most creative, fulfilled, and connected life.

When psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman first discovered Maslow's unfinished theory of transcendence, sprinkled throughout a cache of unpublished journals, lectures, and essays, he felt a deep resonance with his own work and life. In this groundbreaking book, Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, unraveling the mysteries of his unfinished theory, and integrating these ideas with the latest research on attachment, connection, creativity, love, purpose and other building blocks of a life well lived.

Kaufman's new hierarchy of needs provides a roadmap for finding purpose and fulfillment--not by striving for money, success, or "happiness," but by becoming the best version of ourselves, or what Maslow called self-actualization. While self-actualization is often thought of as a purely individual pursuit, Maslow believed that the full realization of potential requires a merging between self and the world. We don't have to choose either self-development or self-sacrifice, but at the highest level of human potential we show a deep integration of both. Transcend reveals this level of human potential that connects us not only to our highest creative potential, but also to one another.

With never-before-published insights and new research findings, along with exercises and opportunities to gain insight into your own unique personality, this empowering book is a manual for self-analysis and nurturing a deeper connection not only with our highest potential but also with the rest of humanity.

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Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman

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These ideas show how self-actualization is about integrating all your needs into a healthy whole that enables you to grow. They explain how realizing your full human potential can connect you not only to your best possible self, but also to the people around you.

Transcend — The New Science of Self-Actualization

Abraham Maslow himself was working on a deeper way to understand the whole of human existence when he died in 1970. These ideas expand on his work and reimagine it, showing how self-actualization is about integrating all your needs into a healthy whole that enables you to grow. They explain how realizing your full human potential can connect you not only to your best possible self, but also to the people around you.

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The Need For Safety is the Basis of all Other Needs

  • Our most basic need is safety—it's the secure foundation that allows us to take risks and explore the world.
  • Beyond physiological needs like hunger, our sense of safety comes down to how we relate to the people around us—attachment is one of the ways in which our relationships with others begin in childhood, and as we grow older our attachment style plays a key role in our relationships.

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Connection is a Fundamental Need

  • Being around people fulfills a deep human need: connection with others.
  • The need for connection is the need for stable, positive, intimate relationships.
  • Belonging is about feeling protected by your group; intimacy is about loving, caring for, and protecting others with whom you have a close relationship.
  • Close connections hinge on what psychologist Carl Rogers calls unconditional positive regard.

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Maslow Pyramid

Maslow Pyramid

Maslow never actually created a pyramid to represent his hierarchy of needs. It was created by a management consultant in the sixties.

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