The Principles Of Self Actualization

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The following pages lay out the tenets of Self-Actualization Theory and the reasoning behind behavior that brings us closer to achieving our potential as evidenced by research done by Deci, Ryan, and Guay (2013). Central to this theory are the two sets of threes: three behaviors and three needs for achieving healthy well-being. Amotivation represents the antithesis of self-actualization and represents a failure to internalize experience. Congruent with these tenets is a study done by Shedlosky-Shoemaker, Costabile, and Arkin (2014) entitled Self-Expansion through Fictional Characters. The study addresses one solution to potential failure to achieve self-actualization by searching for evidence that fictional characters in entertainment media provide the tools for self-actualization. This concerns Self-Actualization Theory’s observations on parenting, specifically the area concerning conditional regard vs autonomous support. The implication is that fictional characters can fill a void where parenting fell short. An Unexpected Source of Self-Actualization Summary Deci et al. (2013) posit that all humans strive toward self-actualization – that is, growth and development nurtured by “unconditional positive regard” (p. 109), aka “autonomous support” (p. 125), to achieve “full functioning” (p. 110) that ultimately enables us to internalize experiences and take away both positive and negative life lessons (p. 121). This would be the ideal of a fully actualized adult. Naturally,
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