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Self & Self Actualization

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will define, discuss and examine Rogers' Self Theory and its components.

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Terms to Know
Conditions of Worth

Internalizes standards of judgments that evaluate our behavior, emotions, and thoughts.


Parts of self are in alignment and balanced.

Fully Functioning Persona

Person who strives to live in harmony with their present impulses and feelings.

Ideal Self

Who we would like to be.


Inaccurate self-image; self-image differs from the ideal self.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

External and internal conditions necessary for a person to become fully functioning; lower needs must be met prior to higher needs, but higher needs must be met for a fulfilling life.

Real Self

True representation of the person we are.

Roger's Self Theory

Emphasizes current, subjective understanding; self-concept, real self, ideal self.


Congruence of ideal self, real self, and self-concept.


Our total perception of ourselves; mental picture based on our perception (positive and negative) of our traits, behaviors, abilities.