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Exploring the Pathways to Postconventional Personality Development

Feature Articles / June 2013

Angela H. Pfaffenberger


Abraham Maslow originated the notion of self-actualization over 50 years ago. However, very little research has emerged addressing the question of how individuals can progress to advanced stages of development. Past research has shown that the majority of adults fail to achieve the most advanced stages of personality development and that such development remains rare in contemporary cultures. This article presents the results of a grounded theory study that enrolled 22 international