Self Actualization


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Self actualization is a term that is use in description of personality. The term is mostly applied when describing that aspect of a person which makes him have a certain desire to attain what he feels he is satisfied. According to Rodgers he states that in a person there is a biological force which makes one have the desire to develop his capacity or talents to the fullest capacity. The central motivation of a person is to learn and grow. According to Rodgers all the challenges and the experiences that a person encounters in life make him struggle in order to move forward. This makes the person develop new skills in life with the desire to be successful. (Kriz 2006).

On the other hand Maslow states that a person attains self actualization if he feels satisfied by attaining the goal of his activity or in life. According to him to reach self actualization a person must reach to his full potential according to what he feels he was created to do. The difference between the two is that Rodgers believes that the desire to attain the full potential in genetic i.e. one has that characteristic in his make up while according to maslow believes that this desire to reach the full potential is a matter of personal psychology where one does not get satisfaction from doing something he believes is not meant for him or her. (Ebersole 2004).

Self Actualization

According to Maslow’s explanation it can be evidenced in the example of a people who are never satisfied in doing things that they feel they are not born to do. (Weiten 2008). For example a musician will never be satisfied if he does not play music and also a teacher will never be satisfied if he or she does not teach.

On the side of Rodgers his argument can be evidenced by the struggles that we make in life in order to succeed in any activity. We feel satisfied when we succeed without much consideration whether we were born to do that. The urge to succeed in anything is in our feelings.


Ebersole, P. (2004).Towards health aging: human needs and nursing response, Elsevier publishers

Kriz, J. (2006).Self actualization, BoD Publishers

Weiten, W. (2008).Psychology: themes and variation, Cengage learning