Self-Determination Theory And Actualization Of Human Potential

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The article “Self-Determination Theory and Actualization of Human Potential” focused on self-determination theory, and the internal processes that lead to self-determination/full functioning. Self-determination theory says that a person’s psychological needs must be fulfilled in order to reach their full functioning. The three needs that are deemed to be “requirements or necessities” (Deci, Ryan, Guay, 2013) are competence, relatedness, and autonomy. If any of these three needs should remain unfulfilled – despite our drive to satisfy needs – we would be unable to maintain intrinsic motivation, fully internalize extrinsic motivation, and integrate the regulation of emotions (Deci, Ryan, Guay, 2013). In short, these three needs must be fulfilled …show more content…
“Self-Determination Theory and Actualization of Human Potential” focused on thinking autonomously and regulating emotions, while “Self-Actualizing: Where Ego Development Finally Feels Good?” talked about gaining an integrated understanding of both the self and others. Thinking autonomously consists of the ability to evaluate the situation and reasoning behind it, then making your own choice (as opposed to being controlled by someone else). Another component of self-actualization is emotion regulation: one cannot reach their full potential when they cannot act rationally due to being dysregulated (acting unintentionally due to lack of control over one’s emotions). When one has developed integrated regulation – “the most mature and effective regulation of emotions” (Deci, Ryan, Guay, 2013) – they can think rationally and truly understand even an emotional situation, a huge step toward being fully functioning. These together coincide with Bauer, Schwab, and McAdams’s (2011) increased ability to understand the self, others, and the world around them. This increased understanding and more differentiated interpretation of one’s environment also leads to the ability reconcile conflict. This points back to well-being as a result of ego …show more content…
Whether our needs are fulfilled or not depends on our social context. Conditional regard from one’s parents can be very damaging to a child as it often indirectly thwarts their psychological needs. All of these are factors in our eudaimonic well-being, and therefore in whether or not we are able to become fully functioning or

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