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self-actualization

[self-ak-choo-uh-luh-zey-shuh n, self-ak-]
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noun Psychology.
  1. the achievement of one's full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.
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Origin of self-actualization

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called actualization.
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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

self-actualization

noun
  1. 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

n.

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

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