Self-Actualization Through Personality Psychology and Goal Setting


Higher education is a mechanism through which academic success, worldly knowledge, and career preparation are prioritized. However, there is a significant void in the area of personal discovery and fulfillment, or, self-actualization. It could be argued that the primary purpose of a college or university should be to help students realize their unique capabilities. In this paper, a course titled Self-Actualization Through Personality Psychology and Goal Setting will be introduced. This seminar course, intended for upperclassmen with advanced English language proficiency, has been taught with favorable results at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Students of the course learn the content through the medium of English discussions, lectures, group activities, and journal writing. Notable benefits of learning about self-actualization include the ability to fulfill one’s potential, become self-confident, authentic, autonomous, compassionate, appreciative, and capable of forming meaningful relationships. In addition, studying personality psychology aids in the appreciation for the uniqueness of individuals, and participating in goal setting can provide students with a precise path toward reaching their chosen objectives. Additionally, this paper will reveal student survey results that highlight the positive outcomes of the course and areas that may need improvement. In sum, students effectively learn language through meaningful communication. Furthermore, students should also be empowered humans who are equipped to become the well-rounded people they truly want to be.

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Brandon Bigelow, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

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Conference: IICE2024
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Bigelow B. (2024) Self-Actualization Through Personality Psychology and Goal Setting ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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