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[self-ak-choo-uh-luh-zey-shuh n, self-ak-] /ˈsɛlfˌæk tʃu ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf æk-/
noun, Psychology.
the achievement of one's full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.
Also called actualization.
Origin of self-actualization
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They bring something to the dialogue in which self-actualization occurs.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • But in the philosophy of Hegel religion is a part of God--a stage in the development or self-actualization of God.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
British Dictionary definitions for self-actualization


(psychol) the process of establishing oneself as a whole person, able to develop one's abilities and to understand oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-actualization

1939, from self- + actualization. Popularized, though not coined, by U.S. psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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