Book Definition: Healthy Individuals who have met their basic needs and are free to be creative and fulfill their potentialities

History (Optional)

The term was coined by Abraham Maslow in an attempt to contrast Freudian ideas of fixation and mental disturbance. He argued previous theories by studying people who had lived fulfilling and healthy lives.

In Your Own Words

  • People who have all their basic needs met and can focus on fulfilling their potential and exploring creatively
  • Can act independently because they have no neurotic need for approval of others
  • Being able to accept who you are so that you can proceed to be free and go fulfill your goals.
  • People who have fulfilled their lower needs and can now focus on working towards higher goals and hobbies.


  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Albert Einstein
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Gandhi
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A monk
  • Thomas Edison
  • Buddah

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