This amazing book is a posthumous collection of previously published articles delineating the highest known levels of human development in a descriptive, scientific manner. These include not only his famous Self-Actualization but also transcendent levels within S-A. He describes his methods, distinguishing scientists from technicians, carefully suggests further research; explores both individual & society development/potentials, provides extensive descriptions of Being-Values demonstrated by highly developed people, associated metamotivation/metaneeds/peak & plateau experiences/ultimate values vs. polarities & pp. 21-5: "Metapathologies...the spiritual or philosophical or existential ailments...deficiency diseases...From the point of view that I have outlined, normalcy would be rather the kind of sickness or crippling or stunting that we share with everybody else & therefore didn't notice." Many of his observations are consistent with Zen, Taoism, & Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen & Mahamudra--relating ego to Self (p. 159: "In all of these peak experiences it becomes impossible to differentiate between the self & the non-self...self-transcendence, not of self-obliteration," full humanness, leading a heavenly life in the here & now (p. 108: "Being & Becoming are, so to speak, side by side, simultaneously existing, now"), Rigpa/integration (p. 111: "Unitive consciousness...is the ability to simultaneously perceive in the fact--the is--its particularity & its universality; to see it simultaneously as here & now, & yet also as eternal, or rather to be able to see the universal in & through the particular & the eternal in & through the temporal & momentary" vs. dichotomizing, spontaneity & nonmeditation (pp. 126-7: Being can mean...effortless spontaneity...the `end' of developing, growing, & becoming"). While hypothesizing that America is a growing tip or Cosmic experiment, he also notes some current societal problems/roadblocks to S-A: p. 352: "The confounding of sex & dominance in the human being," p. 363: "All human beings, including children, `need a value system'...If there is no adult value system, then a child or adolescent value system will be embraced," & p. 229: "One can judge the level at which people live by the kind of humor that they laugh at." However, he asserts that p. 265: "To be a full member of the human species does not mean repudiating the lower levels; it means rather including them...enjoying the differences" & that p. 334: "The Bodhisattvic path is an integration of self-improvement & social zeal, i.e. the best way to become a better `helper' is to become a better person. But one necessary aspect of becoming a better person is via helping other people. So one must & can do both simultaneously."
While not necessarily an easy read (esp. with its long lists of traits), the author provides many approaches to make the incomprehensible understandable. His approach is scientific yet humanistic, demonstratively describing his positive vision. This is not only a classic of psychology but a brilliant, groundbreaking effort.