The Universal Significance of Maslow’s Concept of Self-Actualization

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Abstract

Abraham Maslow popularized the concept of self-actualization as a process an individual undergoes through life. He believed that most mentally healthy individuals follow a path called growth motivation that allowed them to self-actualize and realize their true potential as they grow older and mature. Maslow’s theory of self-actualization is synonymous with seminal psychological, philosophical, and religious theories that support the noble human transition from self-indulgence to selflessness and altruism. This article draws correlations between these theories to demonstrate the significance of Maslow’s theory and to develop a need-based activity chart that individuals can follow throughout their lifecycle on the path to self-actualization.

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