Human Potential: Human Growth, And Self-Determination And Humanity

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Human potential is a concept that many theorists of Psychology have suggested is innate in our nature as human beings. As humans, we are designed to grow and maximize our capacity to develop. Do we have access to attainable possibility’s simply from being? If we are given a certain set of circumstances, do we gravitate towards success? Of course, it makes sense that if humans are given opportunities, we strive to excel and exceed expectations. Is this in our nature or is it learned? Is there a reason why we feel the need to become something? Could this simply be what our society has taught us or is the concept of self-determination and self-actualization something that’s deeply rooted within our chemical makeup? Is our human potential determined …show more content…
Our natural tendencies for human growth and potential will either flourish, due to outside sources, or become restrained due to negative experiences. An individual’s overall well-being and ways of functioning can catapult us into achieving our full potential as an independent person or render us stationary or deprived of certain needs; never moving forward and lacking in motivation and satisfaction. Is it true that at some point, despite our inherent need to grow, some individuals lose sight of their potential and are satisfied with less than others? Is there a distinction between what will satisfy a fully functional persons’ needs, as opposed to someone less than? It’s certainly true that one’s expectations of one’s self can broaden or become non-existent based on their circumstances and …show more content…
With time, things change and adjustments must be made. This can be said for both the field of psychology and life in general. She also suggests that it’s crucial to rely on “your progress, not the progress of others” (Green, 2013). In today’s world it’s so easy to compare one’s self and abilities to that of others. If he/she did it, I should too. If I can’t, then I’m not good enough. Everyone has had these thoughts and it’s normal, yet it’s not self-actualization, which refers to an individual’s growth only- not the growth of

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