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Humanistic Theories of Personality

Humanistic theories of personality stress the basic goodness of human beings and the need to achieve one's full potential. Learn more about some of the major humanistic theories of personality.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Abraham Maslow?s hierarchy of needs emphasizes the importance of self-actualization and is often pictured as a pyramid. Learn more about the five levels in Maslow?s hierarchy of needs.

A Closer Look at the Needs Hierarchy
Maslow?s hierarchy of needs is one of the best-known theories of motivation. The hierarchy is often displayed as a pyramid, with the most basic needs at the bottom of the pyramid and more complex needs at the peak. Learn more about each individual level in Maslow's needs hierarchy.

Characteristics of Self-Actualized People
Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy that represented various needs that motivate human behavior. The hierarchy is often displayed as a pyramid, with lowest levels representing basic needs and more complex needs located at the top of the pyramid. At the peak of this hierarchy is self-actualization. The hierarchy suggests that when the other...

According to Albert Bandura, self-efficacy plays a critical role in how people think, feel, and behave. Learn more about what self-efficacy is and the role it plays.

What Are Peak Experiences?
Maslow believed that anyone is capable of having peak experiences, but people who are self-actualized have them more often. What is a peak experience? What does it feel like?

Fully Functioning Person
Carl Rogers described the fully functioning person as the ideal personality. Learn more about what it means to be a fully functioning person.

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