Concept of self-actualization of personality in humanistic psychology


  • Heorhiy Ball Soviet and Ukrainian psychologist, Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Laboratory of Methodology and Theory of Psychology at the Institute of Psychology named after GS Kostyuk NAPN Ukraine, permanent author and member of the editorial board of the journal "Psychology and Society", Kyiv



humanistic psychology, personality, self-actualization, mental health, personal growth, features-qualities of personality, full-function personality, psychological climate


In the research, based on the reflexive analysis of the works of A. Maslov, K. Rogers, G. Olport, V. Frankl, E. Fromm, D. Schultz and other representatives of humanistic psychology, the content and semantic-meaning invariants of the most important for it idea-concept of personality who is self-actualizing is revealed. A notable feature of the highlighted concept is that meaning-conceptual horizons of this idea reveal, affirm and specify an optimistic view on human nature, enriching the world of modern psychology with two dimensions of existence: a) a system of scientific knowledge about the reserves and possibilities of high manifestations of the human spirit and personal growth and b) wide involvement of works of psychological science to the formulation and solution fateful preservation and sustainable development of humanity problems, including prevention, support and restoration of mental health of citizens. The external conditions and internal factors and psychological mechanisms of self-actualization are described, features-qualities of a mentally healthy personality are characterized, transcendence as a higher level of developmental functioning of self-actualization is substantiated, and also philosophical, social and pedagogical aspects, advantages and limitations, real achievements and prospects of perfection of given concept are discussed.


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How to Cite

Ball, Heorhiy. “Concept of Self-Actualization of Personality in Humanistic Psychology”. Psyhology & Society, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 16-32,