Maslow's Theory Of Self Actualization

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Maslow’s Theory of Self-Actualization According to Ellis, Abrams, & Abrams (2009), Maslow’s theory of self-actualization can be defined as, “…an innate tendency of human beings to fulfill and enhance their potential, provided that basic physical and social needs are met” (p.620). Maslow viewed human beings in a unique way and altered his original idea of what someone who achieved this highest level of potential was.
Maslow believed that individuals who achieved this potential could be defined through specific characteristics, including: acceptance, spontaneity, problem-centered, detachment, autonomy, continued freshness of appreciation, mystic or peak experiences, gemeinschaftsgefuhl, deep interpersonal relations, democratic character structure, ability to discriminate between means and ends, gentle and philosophical sense of humor, creativity, resistance to enculturation, and freedom (Ellis et. al, 2009, p.295-297). Maslow’s first characteristic or quality found in someone who has achieved self-actualization is considered to have acceptance “of self, others, and the natural world.” A person who has acceptance of themselves and others is also seen as someone who is non-judgmental when it comes to other individuals; they can accept others that are different from them, to the extent that even what most people would consider to be “flaws” within a person, a person who is accepting of others would just view those attributes as being a part of who they are (Ellis et. al, 2009,…
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