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It is my thoughts that, when a person reaches a certain level of self-actualization, their other hierarchy of needs can become irrelevant. For example, Buddhist monks reach such a level in meditation and can resist all other needs - social, physiological etc. They can even get the point such as was displayed during one of the wars where out of protest they would sit and meditate under flames and burn to death. I think what is happening is they have come to a deep understanding of themselves and what motivates them and they rise above it.

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I think people who have reached self-actualization have developed characteristics that most people don't have. Because they have already fulfilled all the basic and other lower needs, they are ready to embrace self-actualization and possess characteristics that make them distinct from those who have not. They are realistic, they are grounded by themselves ...

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236 words; characteristics of people who have reached self-actualization