Are you an Optimal Human?

For centuries, humanity has struggled to identify optimal human functioning. Aristotle called the highest human good eudaimonia (i.e., happiness). Carl Rogers defined it as the "fully functioning person." Abraham Maslow concluded that optimal humans have achieved "self-actualization." For Erich Fromm, optimal humans valued personal growth and love over material possessions and status. But have these theories withstood the test of time and scientific experimentation? Psychologist Ken Sheldon aptly summarizes the findings in his book, Optimal Human Being, as…

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