Tag Archives: Personal development

Getting to Know Thyself

The personalities and behaviours that we own today no doubt reflect an amalgamation of past experiences collected and stored long ago within our subconscious minds.   Freud believed that all of our behaviours were derived from unconscious motivations and that we in fact have … Continue reading

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Inner Conflict as a Path to Higher Development : Part I

I have often referred to and written about the Theory of Positive Disintegration by Kazimierz Dabrowski on this blog.  His is a theory about the process of personal development that I  can strongly relate to in a real and significant way.  But rather … Continue reading

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Shifting – The Stops and Starts of Personal Growth

The journey towards self-actualization, or any kind of personal growth, does not generally follow a straight line.  The road travelled will have dips and twists, and unexpected turns.  Just when you think you are on a roll, moving forward and upward, … Continue reading

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Are You For Real? Being Authentic In An Inauthentic World

It`s not easy being real in a world that constantly pressures you to be just like everyone else.  It takes a certain amount of courage to show your true colours in a society that does not generally value the different shades and nuances in personalities … Continue reading

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The Lonely Road to Self-Actualization

Embarking on a journey to find yourself sounds like a cliché to most people. In fact, I have often wondered about it myself. What does it really mean when you say you are trying to find yourself? Does it mean … Continue reading

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The Notion of Self-Actualization

Today I wish to speak my mind on two theories on self-actualization that I`ve come across; what I believe they mean, where the notion comes from, and the theories in psychology that speak to them.   The first that comes to mind of course is Abraham … Continue reading

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Make The Change

It occured to me one day that I had to make a change in my life.  My mother, the most important person in my life, the one who gave me life, had suddenly been forced to leave this world.  She … Continue reading

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My Empty Garden

After a long and restless sleep, I was awakened by the sweetest sound of a little bird gently calling me to my window. Opening my eyes I followed the sound, and as I looked out, to my dismay, I saw … Continue reading

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