Personal Comfort With Constructivism : An Overarching Concern For Growth

1201 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
“Well-being is typically studied as a relatively enduring personality characteristic that may change temporarily according to life circumstances, but then returns to a set point for the majority of people” (Bauer 124-125). Different people interpret well-being at different stages in their lives and also in very different ways. Erikson says that to reach well-being and self-achievement, one must accept that all parts of one’s life are, or actually constitute, one’s “one and only life” (Bauer 131). In other words, at the highest level, “integrated stage” and “self-actualized stage”, “personal comfort with constructivism seems to accompany an interpretation of everyday life in terms, of longer-term process, as well as a greater flexibility in one’s interpretations of one’s life. That to grow, one must accept things as they are while simultaneously taking steps to change things for the perceived better. As Maslow described self-actualizing, gratitude and acceptance of the way things are co-exist with an overarching concern for growth” (Bauer 132).
Another study of “Wellbeing through Self-Fulfiment” examines the developmental aspects of self-actualization. Maslow described how as we develop, self-actualization naturally becomes our most prominent need in our hierarchy of needs, even though it usually comes when we are older and more mature. In other words, “this involves an age of progression, as it requires the basic needs to be met and maintained over a period of time,…

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