Self-Actualization is the first humanist
ic theory of personality by Abraham Maslow
. Maslow believed we have a need for self-actualization
, the predisposition to try to reach our potential
s. The concept of self-actualization is a descendant of Adler
's concept of striving for superiority
Characteristics of Self-Actualized Persons
Maslow decided on these characteristics after testing, interviewing, or reading the works of individuals he considered self-actualized.