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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Is Incomplete

Nichol Bradford | 8:05


 Many people think that Maslow's hierarchy of needs stopped with self-actualization, and that's not actually true. He had another piece that was on top of self-actualization and that was self transcend. He just didn't publish it widely before he passed away. It was something he started working on towards the end, and so he published the hierarchy of needs before he finished his work on self-transcendence.

He was one of the first people really to track flow and to track some of the more interesting and advanced altered states that human beings can get to. Things that you would find the terminology really similar to things that you've heard.  heard advanced meditators describe, and so he was working on self-transcendence and he just did it, publish it.

So there's actually another level on top of that hierarchy of needs. And so when I think of human psychology, I really think of human psychology as a spectrum. And it's not a, it's not a, a series of, of islands.  or unique locations, it's really sort of a spectrum. And on one end you have what I call areas that require human support.

So these are, this is when people are facing, you know, severe stress, severe anxiety, and depression. And then in the middle is what I call the human condition. And so that is loneliness, happiness, connection. The human condition is where we learn how to deal with our first heartbreak and the first time that we fall in love.

The human condition is where we deal with sadness and betrayal and loss. Basically, all of the things that happen to you as you grow up through life, the full spectrum of human emotion, that is the human condition, and there. You know, there's an infinite number of songs on the radio and poems and art that's about the human condition.

So that's. And then on this other side, which I think really maps to self-transcendence and Maslow's later work, is the part of the people in the world who are really pushing on human psychology and what are the limits, where are our boundaries? What is the frontier of human psychology? And I think a lot of direction that we get is from the.

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