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.

What it Means to Be Happy

If there’s something that we all have in common as humans, it’s our search for happiness. We go above and beyond to make sure we reach that point where we can finally say that we’re happy. But in most cases, we do not even know what that even means. There is a common misconception that…

Understanding Therapy

After a thorough conversation about his inability to understand why he doesn’t feel connected to his partner three years into the relationship, I suggested that he considers seeing a therapist. He paused, took a minute to gather his thoughts. “Do I look like I’m mentally ill?”, he scoffed. Clearly, he did not understand what therapy…

Managing Performance Stress

As soon as you set foot on stage, you suddenly feel a rush of overwhelming emotions. Your brain freezes. Time stops. You can feel your hands sweating and your pulse racing. Facing a vast audience can generate feelings of fright that hinder our ability to perform well, perhaps because being the center of attention and…

The Wonders of Solitude

We worry when we go out alone, whether to have a meal or just to chill, what people will think about us. Is she lonely? He doesn’t have friends? Did she got stood up? Is he anti-social? So we pretend to be busy on our phones, by either texting or faking a call. We pretend we’re…