[ 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.

Origin of self-actualization

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called actualization. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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