[self-ak-choo-uh-luh-zey-shuh n, self-ak-]
- the achievement of one's full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.
Origin of self-actualization
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called actualization.
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Examples from the Web for self-actualization
Sometimes, jobs and paychecks come out ahead of self-actualization.Earth to DNC: Dyspeptic Dad Still Votes, Too
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[P]rosperity and equality bring greater opportunities for self-actualization.It's OK to 'Lean Back'
March 19, 2013
If there was real empowerment behind princesses, they'd be a powerful tool for girls' self-actualization.Pop Tarts!
February 15, 2010
- psychol the process of establishing oneself as a whole person, able to develop one's abilities and to understand oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-actualization
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