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self-actualization

the realization of personal potential. The term is associated with MASLOW's (1954) hierarchy of needs, where it is at the peak, only being achievable, according to his theory, if all other biological and social needs have been met. It is used more generally within the HUMANISTIC MOVEMENT to which the concepts of SELF and personal growth are central.
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While dream projections are important throughout the stages of life, during midlife they offer the templates and encouragement we need to fully self-actualize and enter the next phase of experience.
Underachievement is most commonly defined as discrepancy between potential and performance, although simply failure to self-actualize also has been offered as a definition.
Styles stated that if all nurses used their innate motivation to self-actualize, the professionalism of nursing would be advanced (2).
Nobody is going to self-actualize until they have their lower levels satisfied first, explains Karen Peterson, vice president and research director for Gartner Inc.
When you have your own business, it's an opportunity for you to grow and to self-actualize in a myriad of ways.
Zhang's innovations in CHN helped him attract and keep the industry's best people with compensation packages and opportunities to self-actualize.