Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Carolyn Sayers Russell
Fully functioning people have beliefs, values, and convictions. People without values, convictions, and beliefs lack the inner strength needed in a society whose survival relies on responsible, participating, and trustworthy people. Self-actualizing people have a strong and clear set of values. They have convictions and beliefs, and their values are part of their daily lives. They are able to see themselves clearly and frankly. According to some theorists, we need a usable and validated system of values in which we can believe and to which we can be devoted because the values are true. Fully functioning people have sincere beliefs and values with a high degree of clarity. They also have the courage of their convictions. Their beliefs are deep and consistent convictions that affect their actions. Fully functioning people operate within their value systems and have the courage to be themselves and to be imperfect. They see mistakes as ...