The Path To Self-Actualization

Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, self-actualization requires meeting deficiency needs first. In the process of attaining self-actualization, one must contemplate the meaning of life. The challenge arises, as the individual will have to reflect upon behaviors, values, and decisions taken in order to live a life that is chosen by one, not for one. One will have to challenge norms, traditions, customs and typical ways of being. Sartre would condemn conformity to societal norms and traditions, or what he calls acting in bad faith. Frankl would use his experience as a Holocaust survivor to encourage one to find meaning in the suffering in order to be able to cope, move on with a different perspective on life.

The Age of Reason

The Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical movement that emphasized the power of reason, dominated Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the Age of Science, which marked a radical change in scientific thought during the 16th and 17th centuries, many Enlightenment men were equipped with scientific ideologies. Science made people aware of the natural law and their natural…

Hello, Distance

Being in a relationship can be a safe haven. We are all prone to fluctuating emotions; may it be sadness, stress, anxiety, or depression. But being with someone who acknowledges how we feel, who cares for us when we feel like we’re in the darkness, and who makes sure that we are doing okay, makes…

Be With Someone Who Cares

Being with someone in a healthy relationship adds so much to our life. It adds meaning and value because we gain a best friend and a lover. We get to share our life milestones and struggles with a significant other, through thick and thin. We sometimes have to be more understanding on some days than…

The One Who Got Away

You date and get into relationships only to get attached, thinking that nothing can tear you apart. You share dreams and aspirations, you plan your future together. But there comes an unanticipated change. The person whom you’ve shared your life with has left with no traces. No warning. No explanation. You look back on the…

The Just-World Belief System

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Do you believe you reap what you sow? Or maybe, what goes around comes around? Such figures of speech, that suggest inevitable retaliation, are part of a just-world belief system. Those who have been raised in a religious context, or are aware of it, understand that…