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Highly Sensitive People: Are You Self-Actualized?

As a highly sensitive person, it’s too easy to get caught up in too much alone time. Are you making the best out of your alone time during this world’s crisis?

Have you ever heard of self-actualization? In the mid-1900s, American psychologist Abraham Maslow created a pyramid that displays the hierarchy of human needs. The most basic level covers all survival needs: food, water, shelter, etc. At the top of the pyramid is self-actualization, which is a need that many people don’t get to fulfill in their lifetimes.

Self-actualization is the ability to reach your fullest potential of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose. It means understanding yourself on an emotionally deep level and being happy with who you have become and who you continuously aim to be.

So, what does that have to do with alone time? Well, it takes time to get to know yourself, and a lot of that time comes from being alone. When you’re spending time by yourself, view it as uninterrupted time to get to know yourself better, and to set goals for yourself. Social time, while fun, can be distracting. It’s unusual to have this prolonged isolation. Why not make the best of it?

With all of this in mind, you can view alone time as one step closer toward self-actualization. Wouldn’t it be great to get to that point? What can you specifically do to get to better know your wants and needs? There is no time like the present to figure yourself out. I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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