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Dudley Dowell
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Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Don't we all have a desire to have a relationship with God?


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PrintWed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM
Abraham Maslow (the hierarchy of needs guy) proposed a sixth level to his hierarchy later in his life that was higher than self-actualization: self-transcendence. This level, he argued, was about connecting with a higher purpose that took the focus off the self (Koltko-Rivera, 2006). Keep in mind that Maslow remained an atheist/agnostic all his life, but still recognized this level on what we would today call a humanistic domain. Positing a god who divinely dictates purpose is just one way to meet this need. Another way is for one to create his or her own purpose, which often includes taking the focus off of oneself. We see this need for self-transcendence manifest in virtually all cultures, in many different forms from the Nirvana of the Buddhists, to the contributions of artists, to the gods of current and past religions. What we all desire is self-transcendence. How we choose to express that desire is a choice we all get to make.

References

Koltko-Rivera, M. E. (2006). Rediscovering the later version of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Self-transcendence and opportunities for theory, research, and unification. Review of General Psychology, 10(4), 302–317. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.10.4.302

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