Essay The Self-Actualized Media Mind

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The Self-Actualized Media Mind

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write,if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.This is the need we may call self-actualization ... It refers to man'sdesire for fulfillment, namely the tendency for him to become actually what he is potentially: to become everything that oneis capable of becoming ..."
-Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow, the famous humanist psychologist, believed in the theory of self-actualization. He was convinced that humans are capable of achieving high levels of intellectual and emotional existence, and he believed in human potential. In his definition and discussions of self-actualization, Maslow made it clear what
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And if a person’s environment plays a role in the self-actualization process, what types of environments are most nurturing, and which are most debilitating?

Recently the mass media has come into the spotlight concerning its effects upon individuals and their behavior. Some of the more prominent instances are related to violent acts and atrocities committed by youth, such as the Columbine High School incident and the Topeka child snipers. In both of these situations, the mass media, specifically television, movies, video games, the internet, and rock music were suggested to have significantly affected the youth and were considered to be direct and primary causes of the youth’s destructive behavior. Violence is not the only area where media influence is implicated. Media’s influence on self-image and self-esteem has also found itself in the spotlight. Research has consistently shown that there are direct correlations between young people’s media use and exposure, and their levels of negative self-image and self-esteem. Research has been done which shows strong evidence for the rise of anorexia, bulimia, and obesity as related to an individual’s media exposure. Other behaviors or psychological states that have been shown to be affected by media use are familial relationships, happiness, and openness to sex and sexuality.

Most studies that have been done so far have looked at mass media’s influence on select behaviors and mindsets such as violence and
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