I stumbled on something and wanted your opinions!
"...The first needs are the basic needs; biological needs such as food, shelter, etc. that we need in order to stay alive. Once these needs have been fulfilled, we need to meet our safety needs. Notice that safety does not have to do with danger; safety needs are actual feelings of comfort, knowing that we are in control of our actions and so on. The next level consists of psychological needs. First is the belonging need, or having a role in any ingroup. The second psychological need is esteem. Esteem, in addition to belonging, requires that your role in the ingroup is a positive one, and that people like and respect you.
Sometimes referred to as the highest level, self-actualization is when you have satisfied all of these other requirements and bring them all together to figure out who you are, knowing that you have strong beliefs, values, morals, and confidence. Finally, there is the peak experience. This is similar to Csiksentmihalyi's idea of flow (discussed in the following section). When you have a peak experience, everything is in place and all of your focus is on one enjoyable activity. A good example of this is an artist who gets caught up in painting something. (While Maslow considers the highest level of fulfillment, Frued would call it sublimation, a defense mechanism.) For more information on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, see M. Dowling's Electronic passport to Abraham Maslow.
Csikszentmihalyi - the Flow experience
Flow is the experience of focusing all of one's energies on a specific activity. During flow, nothing else matters, not the passage of time, not physical state. A commonly used example is chess masters in a day-long tournament, in which they concentrate on the game. At the end of the day, the players realize that several hours have passed, they're sore, and they need to go to the bathroom, but none of those things were noticeable while they were playing (Csikszentmihalyi 1999)." From HERE!
What do you think people? Is "Flow" the highest form of existance? This same type of experience is found in many different fields of study as being somehow pure and maybe even spiritual.
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