Positive self-regard includes “seeking warmth, liking, respect, sympathy and acceptance” and it needs to be unconditional according to Pervin, John & Cervone (2005). If a child grows up in home environment where positive self-regard is conditional, though, these people will develop defense mechanisms such as denial andrepression that limit one’s ability to find congruence between the perceived self and experience. To overcome this problem, client centered therapy will focus on providing congruence, empathy of the therapist, and unconditional positive regard, thus even in neurotic people a more healthy balance between self and experience can be achieved such that the person can work on becoming more self-actualized. Self-acceptance, autonomy, environmental mastery, purpose in life, openness to experience, intrinsic versus extrinsic goals, and the lack of environmental restrictions have also been associated with becoming self-actualized as well, thus when one experiences these qualities the limits towards reaching self-actualization are reduced. Thus, yes I believe one can become self-actualized, and that people can overcome limitations to this end by finding congruence between self, experience and the idealized self.
After reading this, I think one of the important points is that a person must overcome or, at the very least, be accepting of any issues that the individual may be experiencing. Does this make sense? If so why or why not?
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