Maslow On Avoidance of Knowledge . . .

“Anxiety and timidity not only bend curiosity and knowing and understanding to their own ends, using them so to speak, as tools for allaying anxiety, but also the lack of curiosity can be an active or a passive expression of anxiety and fear…That is, we can seek knowledge in order to reduce anxiety and we can also avoid knowing in order to reduce anxiety…Where we know fully and completely, suitable action follows automatically and reflexly. Choices are then made without conflict and with full spontaneity.” Abraham MaslowToward A Psychology of Being

I love these words. They affirm the process of gathering information so as to move forward in life without fear, fully empowered to do best for self and others …. and in a wonderful unfolding way as the unique being we each long to be.

jrk

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