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Maslow's theory of self-actualization

-Select one personality theory that has influenced your beliefs and assumptions about people
-Explain how your selected theory influences your understanding of the personalities and behaviors of people in society and in the workplace
-Explain how your selected theory influences your role in society and in the workplace, along with your interactions with others
-Include at least three references to tie key components of the theory to your individual beliefs and assumptions

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A personality theory that has been influential in shaping beliefs and assumptions about people would be Abraham Maslow's theory of self-actualization. In this theory Maslow stated that there is a hierarchy of needs beginning at the bottom with physiological needs: the need for food and water, shelter, sleep, exercise and sex, the need for safety, the need for love and the need to belong, self-esteem needs and finally self-actualization. According to Maslow when the most basic needs (food, water, shelter, sleep and safety) have been met by the individual, less urgent needs take priority. He further stated that people who live at their fullest have achieved self-actualization. Self-actualization is described as "the desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actualized to what he is potentially."

Because self-actualized people are likely to accept themselves and others as they are and generally treat people the same regardless of background, current status, or other socio-economic and cultural factors, they are very likely to be the type of people that most individuals would want as friends. They feel good about themselves generally and are open to meeting different types of people. Self-actualized people respond in a genuine, spontaneous way to what happens around them. They are capable of ...

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