Self Actualization Essay

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This article emphasizes the notions of the self and the factors that support its development of human potentials. In this article we learn about self-actualization. A self-actualizing individual is one that recognizes their human potential and seeks to become that. Self-actualization means that an individual has access to and is using all of their possible resources to their full capacity in order to grow. Individuals who have self actualization use these resources to connect and prosper into the best possible version of themselves. Maslow and Rogers believed that we as humans have a natural instinct toward growth and development and that if provided with the right environment and resources we can reach our full human potential. The idea …show more content…
The self-determination theory describes three types of behaviors of he self and they are " (1) intrinsically motivated behaviors, which are engaged in out of interest and enjoyment; (2) extrinsically motivated behaviors that are motivated by values that are fully internalized and integrated; and (3) emotion-motivated behaviors for which the regulatory processes have been well integrated. The theory further proposes that all human beings have three basic psychological needs-the needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness (Self-determination, page 111). These needs are considered basic and universal in the sense that all humans require these in order to develop the self. Autonomy is extremely important and is described as the ability of an individual to make independent or free choices. The article further discusses research that has shown that even if people are not consciously seeking to meet these needs, those that act in ways that meet these needs are better off in seeking their full human …show more content…
Another example would be doing something so that your boss will not get upset. Integrated and identified reasons for actions may include behaviors that are serve a personal value or those that an individual has accepted as being important for self-selected goals ( Gagne ,page335). This article also discusses the cognitive Evaluation Theory. This theory suggests that tangible rewards and deadlines can sometimes diminish autonomy. Challenging activities were shown to promote feelings of autonomy and positive feedback whereas activities that diminished autonomy and task engagement received negative feedback. Further reflecting on the subject of self-determination, I believe that we are inherently born with natural abilities and instincts that drive us to reach our full potentials as humans beings. Although many people have this natural instinct to become the best possible versions of themselves, they sometimes lack the opportunity or recourses to do so and therefore lack the proper

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