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The fulfillment of one’s potential, or self-actualisation is regarded to be critical to psychological well-being and optimal mental health (Rogers, 1959). Maslow proposed that self-actualisation is achieveable only when basic needs (physiological needs, safety needs, belongingness and love needs, esteem needs) are fulfilled. According to Maslow, self-actualisation includes being reality-focused, problem-focused, opened to experiences, receptive of self and others and autonomous (ruled by own values). Self-actualised people may show negative attributes including stubbornness and detachment (Maslow, 1943).
In a study that investigated personality characteristics which correlate with self-actualisation. Self-actualisation correlated negatively neuroticism but positively with extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. All correlations were significant. Self-actualisation is an important concept within humanistic personality theories. These theories believe that everyone has the capacity to develop their full potential and achieve self-actualisation (which is important to psychological health). Hence, the focus is on helping people become more competent and achieve optimal mental health (Rogers, 1959). In this light, further understanding of self-actualisation will be useful in counseling settings as psychologists help clients advance towards optimal mental health.
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