Self-actualization means having a complete understanding of your full potential and becoming who you were meant to be along with full development of one's abilities and appreciation for life. The internal drive to self-actualize would seldom emerge until more basic needs are met is what Maslow termed in his theory.
This concept of self-actualization is at the top of the Maslow hierarchy of needs.
Maslow’s hierarchy is described as follows:
● Physiological needs like sleep, food, water, and air.
● Safety or the needs for security and protection, especially those that emerge from social or political instability.
● Belongingness and love include the needs of deficiency and selfish taking instead from social or political instability.
● The need for self-esteem, self-respect, and healthy, positive feelings are derived from admiration.
● And at the top comes self-actualization.
Self-actualization means the desire to become the most that one can.
Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist described self-actualization as the process of becoming “everything you are capable of becoming.”
Kim Egel, a San Diego therapist, explains self-actualization as the “ability to become the best version of yourself.”
Self-actualization can mean different things to different people.
Utopians consider self-actualization as a process of focusing on your unique strength, be it hard or soft skills, and on developing and understanding your skills, helping to develop and improving with time so that you can become the best version of yourself. It will help you live your life in a way that best utilizes all your strength while helping you to take steps to achieve your dreams, be it big or small goals.
The characteristics of a self-actualized person are:
They have an acceptance of who they are despite their faults and limitations, and experience to drive to be creative in all aspects of their lives. Self-actualization shares notable characteristics in common like the ability to cultivate a loving and deep relationship with others.
Self-actualized people enjoy and value privacy and solitude. They do love the company of others but they need time for themselves for their personal discovery and cultivating their individual potential. They are often motivated and have a problem-solving attitude. They love helping other people and improving their own lives. Self-actualized people have peak experiences and have a sense of realism. Self-actualized people are very independent and are spontaneous. They enjoy and focus on the moment. They live in the present.
These are some of the characteristics of self-actualized people. Utopians are focusing on helping people realize their potential and helping them in their journeys of achieving self-actualization