The motivation to realize one's own maximum potential and possibilities. It is considered to be the master motive or the only real motive, all other motives being its various forms.

In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the need for self-actualization is the final need that manifests when lower level needs have been satisfied.

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  • According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, self-actualization can only be achieved once all other lower needs are satisfied.

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