Actualising Tendency in Person-Centred Therapy
Actualisation has different meanings in theories of the person. Most notable is the difference of Maslow's Hierachy of Needs.
People legitimately adopting the label ‘person-centred’ have chosen to believe in the actualising tendency with its various implications... van Deurzen-Smith (1988: 56) criticises the assumption... human beings are ‘basically positive creatures who develop constructively, given the right conditions’.
... when a person is truly free to become what they most deeply is, free to actualize their nature as an organism capable of awareness, then they clearly appears to move toward wholeness and integration.
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