Emotional Intelligence (EI) is highly linked with the ability to actualise basic talents and skills and can distinguish between those who are more able and those who are less able to self- actualise. EI is more important than cognitive intelligence for self-actualisation. Emotional Intelligence relates to the process of an individual’s self-actualisation through realization of the personality in the fullness of his or her own emotional life and an ability to experience peak in feeling, naming and controlling emotions.
Self-actualisation is the ability to realize your potential capacities. This component of emotional intelligence is manifested by your becoming involved in pursuits that lead to a meaningful, rich, and full life. Striving to actualise your potential involves developing enjoyable and meaningful activities and can mean a lifelong effort and an enthusiastic commitment to long-term goals.
The presence of self-actualisation in your life is a function of the harmony you experience applying and developing your skills in the pursuit of objectives and goals that are meaningful to you.
Self-actualised individuals are also thought to demonstrate higher levels of emotional intelligence, better outcomes at work, better general health, and well-being in the quest for personal development.
Emotional Intelligence refers to being effective; self-actualisation to doing the best you possibly can.
Self-actualised people accept themselves and others as they are. They tend to lack inhibition and can enjoy themselves and their lives free of guilt. Not only do self-actualised people fully accept themselves, but they also embrace other people for who they are. Other individuals are treated the same regardless of background, status, or other socio-economic and cultural factors.
Self actualisation is ongoing, never ending, and a dynamic process. Committing to the process of becoming self-actualised can feel overwhelming.
Try not to get too caught up in doing all the “right” things or holding yourself to impossibly high standards. Self-actualisation isn’t a one-size-fits-all goal.
No two people are exactly alike, so everyone will probably have a slightly different path. Even the most self-actualised people still have room to grow.
True self-actualisation may be more of a long-term goal than a quick road to self-improvement. At the same time working to maximize your potential and become your best self is a great way to lead a more fulfilling life.
So, while self-actualisation might seem somewhat overwhelming, don’t let that stop you. Take each day as it comes and keep an open mind.
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