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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Self-Actualization

Please help me answer the following questions:

a. At what level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs do you think you are currently operating? Justify your answer.

b. Evaluate your personality in terms of the 15 characteristics of the self-actualizing person. Indicate which of the 15 characteristics you possess and which you do not. If you have a low level of one of the characteristics, what could you do to increase that particular characteristic?

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Unlike many of the theorists and psychologists of his time, Abraham Maslow formulated a "needs based assessment" of human behavior based upon his clinical observations. Dissimilar to the work of B.F. Skinner and his studies of animal behavior, Maslow's theorized that humans only "advance" when a certain level of need is "fulfilled or achieved." Often depicted in pyramid form, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs reflects a multi-stage platform of human needs, such as physiological, safety, social and esteem needs, as well as that of self-actualization. Each pyramid level is comprised of elements that are ...

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In about 340 words, this solution provides a discussion on the topic of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, touching upon the 5 different stages and the 15 characteristics of self-actualization. A website is also provided and is a good reference for studying the characteristics of self-actualization.

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