According to Maslow, the self-realisation is the ultimate happiness of the Man. Man is created according to the God's image. Does God have self-realisation activities? Especially I am interested in Roman Catholic teaching.

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    God is by definition as realized as he can be. Oct 8, 2018 at 1:31
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    @DJClayworth Yes, he's pure actuality (actus purus); cf. the 1st of the 24 Thomistic Theses.
    – Geremia
    Oct 11, 2018 at 21:12
  • @Geremia how about maybe making that an answer, rather than a comment? I think it would be worth having in our collection of good answers. Oct 14, 2018 at 23:35

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Man's ultimate happiness is found in God.

I don't know what Maslow means by "self-realization", but man's ultimate happiness is not found in man but in God:

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote 32 questions on happiness (felicitas) in his Treatise on Man's Last End (Summa Theologica I-II qq. 1-5) or purpose, which he says is twofold:

  • to attain happiness, which is "the acquisition of the last end" or purpose (ibid. q. 1 a. 8)


  • happiness itself, which is the last end.

cf. also his commentary on Aristotle's Ethics bk. 1, which is on happiness


Does God have self-realisation activities?

This reminds me of what St. Augustine wrote about the processions of the Persons of the Trinity in his On the Trinity book 10, "Chapter 12.— The Mind is an Image of the Trinity in Its Own Memory, and Understanding, and Will."

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