According to Maslow, the pinnacle of the human hierarchy of needs is the self-actualization need, the need to develop one’s potential, or to become what one was meant to become. Do you believe people have a need for self-actualization? All people? Why, or why not? Larsen and Buss (2018) summarize some cultural universals identified through research. For example, people in all cultures can recognize several basic emotions, and understand and act upon revenge. Describe self-actualization. Do you think self-actualization is a culturally universal need? For people whom self-actualization is a need, does it make sense to you that it is the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? Why, or why not? Might the hierarchy vary across cultures? Provide an example of how self-actualization is (or is not) present in the real world.
Self-actualization represents an idea obtained from the psychological and humanistic theory conceived and credited to Abraham Maslow. According to Maslow, self-actualization entails individual growth toward achievement of highest needs -that makes life meaningful and fulfilling to live. Essentially, Maslow invented a psychological hierarchy of needs which in spirit is the contentment of which hypothetical leads to a conclusion of values on the highest level of maslonic hierarchy, representative of meaning.