Need for self-actualization

Need linked to the urge to grow and fully use the competencies and skills that help individuals fulfil their potential. Characteristics that help meet this need include: spontaneity, self-acceptance, the ability to live profound experiences and positive human relationships, creativity and the search for transcendence. Like the needs for belonging/love and for esteem/self-esteem, it belongs to the group of secondary needs, which all tend to be of a psychological nature and vary quite significantly from one individual to another.

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