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English definition of “self-actualization”

self-actualization

noun [U] ( UK also self-actualisation)
 
 
HR, MARKETING
a person's desire to use all their abilities to achieve and be everything that they possibly can. The expression is used by Maslow in his theory of human motivation → Compare Maslow's hierarchy of needs
(Definition of self-actualization from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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