Self-Actualization (Psychology)

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  • The highest tier of Maslow's pyramid of needs, defined as a person's desire to fulfill his or her potential. For example, if a person has great artistic talent but is forced to study accounting, the person will be frustrated as a result. Maslow proposed that a person who does not get the chance to fulfill his or her potential will be frustrated because the person's drive to achieve is inhibited.

    Self-actualization plays an important role in a healthy personality. Maslow classified a self-actualizing individ ual as a person who has a healthy personality defined by continuous personal growth. Studying well-respected and acclaimed historical figures as well as the healthiest 1% of students, Maslow identified several characteristics of self-actualizing individuals. For example, self-actualizers tend to be in ...

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