Maslow: Self Actualized.

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The founding of the monumental theory of personality belongs to that of Abraham Maslow. He used his knowledge to persuade various fields, such as education. Maslow's theory is so influential because of the profound level of logic he possessed. People can understand the point of Maslow's theory because it describes the realities of their own personal experiences. Everyone, including myself, can relate to most of the features, behaviors, and experiences Maslow conjured into the theory of personality.

The Hierarchy Theory of Needs describes the five steps one needs to accomplish for self actualization. All of the primary or physiological needs are basically instincts, the same instincts found in animals. People start with a very weak organization, that is then developed as the person grows. According to Maslow, "All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization."

(Maslow 2) If the environment is right, people will grow realizing the potentials they have inherited.

The other four steps are as follows:

Security: Needs such as living in a safe area away from threats. This level is more likely to be found in younger individuals as they have a much greater need to feel safe.

Social: Needs such as, the love of family and friends.

Ego: Needs such as healthy a self esteem, a sense of achievement, or recognition by others. Needs focus on our need for self-respect, and respect from others.

Self Actualization: Needs such as purpose, personal growth and realization of potentials. This is the point where people become fully functional, acting solely on their own discretion.

When looking at Maslow's theory, it is very obvious that even...