Sunday, May 06, 2018

As early as 1969, Maslow noted that the word transcendence was derived from the verb transcend, meaning to rise above or move beyond time, culture, self, and others. He also identified transcendent behaviors: moving beyond weaknesses, fears, and dependency; transcending the opinions or expectations of others, such as social conventions, family roles, or a focus on others to the exclusion of self; achieving a sense of unity with oneself, others—especially the next generation—and a higher power; and possessing an awareness of a greater meaning in life.

(Maslow, 1943, 1999)

Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50, 370-396.
Maslow, A. H. (1969). Various meanings of transcendence. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 1, 56-66.
Maslow, A. H. (1999). Toward a psychology of being (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.

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