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Self-Esteem and Self-Actualization.

Self-Esteem and Self-Actualization.
Looking back when in high school, we would feel having friends who supports and acknowledge your accomplishments is great and sometimes becomes the main goal. But those who already "settled" with their job being happy and fulfilled everyday would know that even just having the chance to work and create something they love is the best feeling.


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The theory of motivation

The theory of motivation
The theory of Maslow represents itself as a pyramid that explains the levels of needs.
  • The lowest and first one is physical needs such as water, food, and air. 
  • Second, come safety and security needs. 
  • Third comes the need for relationships, friendships, and love. 
  • Last, self-esteem and self-actualization.

Those who have fulfilled their needs at the lower level will try to level up and also fulfill their needs in the upper levels. 


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Self-esteem is the subjective evaluation of your own worth. There are two sources to fulfill this need:

  1. The need for respect from others that is obtained from recognition and admiration.
  2. The need for self-respect in the form of self-love, skill or aptitude. If you buy things because you want to prove yourself, you will fulfill your need for self-love.

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    Self-actualization is the realization of one's uniquely creative, intellectual, or social potential. It is a very personal experience.

    When their need for self-esteem is fulfilled, where they have accepted themselves for the good and the bad, people move on to self-actualization.

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    The 2 Models of Human Development

    • The 'Surrender Yourself' model dials up your levels of happiness as you progress from your basic needs (like food and good health) towards your achievements like recognized success, or ...


    It implies acknowledging and respecting the sacredness and uniqueness of each kind of person. Self-Actualization also necessitates full access to information, full knowledge of the truth, and being able to choose without fear or social pressure.

    The one thing left out of this theory is social psychology, as all the needs of a human being cannot be understood in isolation and social conditions are also necessary for personal growth.


    It involves advancing a cause greater and beyond the self, experiencing a drastic shift in perspective, beyond the confines of the self through the highest level of experience.

    Self-transcenders have a completely selfless value system and are leaning towards serving humanity, with an eventual goal of transcending their ego.

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    Abraham Maslow And The Hierarchy Of Needs

    Abraham Maslow And The Hierarchy Of Needs

    Abraham Maslow, the famous psychologist, had worked on a theory that linked self-actualization to spirituality and self-transcendence.

    His Hierarchy Of Needs Pyra...

    Ten Characteristics Of Self-Actualization

    1. Continued appreciations of the same objects, events and circumstances.
    2. Acceptance of one’s quirks and desires.
    3. Maintaining authenticity and dignity.
    4. Maintaining equanimity towards life’s inevitable ups and downs.
    5. Having a purpose in life.
    6. Pursuing the real, unadulterated truth about people and nature.
    7. A genuine desire to help mankind.
    8. Having internal peak experiences, opening new dimensions of the mind.
    9. Having a conscience.
    10. Being a creative spirit while doing any kind of action.

    Self-Actualization: From Darkness To Light

    Self-Actualization is an internal struggle that one must take by leaning towards stability and our higher goals while minimizing disruption from distracting thoughts and impulses (disruptive impulsivity).

    One also has to look out for oneself to not fall in the dark abyss of negativity and doubt, apart from feeling directionless or meaningless.

    Abraham Maslow

    “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear mu..."

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    Deficiency vs. Growth

    Abraham Maslow argued that all needs could be grouped into two main classes: deficiency and growth.

    • Deficiency needs are motivated by a lack of satisfaction, such as the lack of food, safety, affection, belonging, or self-esteem. The higher the need, the more we change reality to satisfy the most deficient needs.
    • Growth needs have a different sort of wisdom. Instead of being driven by fears and anxieties, it is more accepting and loving. It is asking, "What choices will lead me to greater integration and wholeness?" rather than "How can I defend myself?"

    Forming a faulty deficiency mindset

    At a young age, when an expression of a need is disregarded as not as important as the needs of the caretaker, a child may get the message that they are not loved while they have this need.

    This causes people to behave in a way they think they should feel, not how they really feel. As adults, they are always influenced by others' opinions and driven by their insecurities and fears of facing themselves.