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What is self-actualization and positionality? Can you provide me with a real world example?

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Freedictionary.com defines self-actualization as "the fundamental tendency toward the maximum realization and fulfillment of one's human potential" and is said to be the highest need for individuals. It is what "human motivation is based on;" "seeking fulfillment and change through personal growth," whereas positionality is defined as "the extent to which a good's value depends on such a ranking," such as social status. In spite of all that's going on in the world, the author of this piece (Tamara Daniels) has somehow found a way to accept themselves and others for who they are, (McLeod, 2012).

What's in a name, or rather a color? Take black for instance. It is the same color of the starry midnight sky that rocks us to sleep every night. It is the color considered most flattering in the fashion world and haled as "most sleek" in the automotive realm. It is the color of an infinite unknown, the mysterious universe that we call space. It is the color of the ink used to formulate the graceful script in which the patriotic Declaration of Independence was written. So why then does the word black carry such negative undertones when associated with the color of skin?

I wonder if it is same reason why some ...

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So you've been asked to write a paper that discusses the deep hypotheses of Abraham Maslow who is said to have created the hierarchy of needs pyramid. This paper is the perfect example of what defines self-actualization and positionality. Explained through the author's experience, which is "divided into basic (or deficiency) needs (e.g. physiological, safety, love, and esteem) and growth needs (cognitive, aesthetics and self-actualization)," the subject of this piece discusses what it means to be a person of color in society and explains how many who have come before her have dealt with the issue of race.