being cognition( in the humanistic psychology of Abraham Maslow, an exceptional type of cognition that can be distinguished from one’s everyday perception of reality (deficiency cognition or D-cognition). Being cognition involves a dialectical blending of two ways of experiencing: In the first, a person is aware of the whole universe and the interrelatedness of everything within it, including the perceiver; in the second, a person becomes entirely focused on a single object (e.g., a natural phenomenon, a work of art, or a loved person) to the extent that the rest of the universe, including the perceiver, seems to disappear. According to Maslow, self-actualized (see self-actualization) frequently experience being cognitions. See also peak experience; timeless moment.)


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