Self-realization is defined as the drive to become what one is capable of to his or her fullest potential, often aligned in management parlance as self-fulfillment. The self-realized person is characterized as having a high level of self-knowledge, an integrated personality that allows for self-expression, an acceptance and tolerance of human nature, and a greater awareness of the human condition. The actualization of personal moral ideals affects participation in socially useful and ethically acceptable work. To fully understand the essence of self-realization, the corollary concepts of self-actualization and individuation and the interrelated concept of self-disclosure are included. Self-realization, with its focus on human potential and what it means to be human, derives from humanistic psychology.

Historical Underpinnings to Self-Realization

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