Self-actualization of the Great Garbo by Moon Laramie

Using examples from his book, ‘Spirit of Garbo’, Moon Laramie describes the spiritual journey of the Swedish film star Greta Garbo. Once described as ‘rather a crazy mystic Swede’, Garbo was an unconventional spiritual explorer with a profound sense of connection to the natural world. She was a ‘kosmocentric thinker’ drawn to occult ideas. Moon Laramie maps the essential aspects of self-actualisation, as defined by psychologist Abraham Maslow, onto Garbo’s spiritual journey. It was Garbo’s spiritual sense that enabled her to triumph over Hollywood, defying the patriarchal pressures of both the studio system and wider society.

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