Psy 240 Final

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The paths of life often lead to different directs, the path to take is up to an individual. These

paths can be positive or negative and can potentially lead to good or bad. Over the past five years I have

found meaning and purpose to my life. I have chosen many paths that have been positive for building

myself in the past five years. The evolution of my life can be described by many theories. Many roles,

such as family, culture, gender, race, and religion have help to guide my path for my development and

growth. Often times I ponder on my past and think of events that I could have change and why I would

have changed them. Then I remember, had I changed the past and chose different paths of life, I would

not have the life that I live right now.

Reflecting over the past five years, I could best use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to describe my

personal growth to discover my purpose and meaning. I always have had the physiological needs

provided for me. Some of these needs are food, sleep, and water. My safety needs have been met as

well. These needs would be shelter, clothing, and a safe environment. Only in the past five years have I

started to build my personal pyramid to the top. The third level is belongingness and love. People desire

to be accepted and loved by others and to form affiliative, loving, and intimate unions (McAdams, 2009).

In the past year I have come to truly fall in love with my husband. I have also made a small social group

of friends that are there for me. This has really impacted my life in a positive way. The next level on the

pyramid is a person’s esteem needs. This is the level that I am working on right now. This includes

achievement, approval, recognition, and status. I am working on achievement by finishing my courses

with hard work which results in good grades. I feel that the grades gets my parents, in-laws, and

husband’s approval. This recognition really makes me feel good about myself. I am building self-respect

and the respect of others. Finally, there are the needs for self-actualization, which motivate the person

to fulfill his or her own potential above and beyond the lower needs (McAdams, 2009). This is the top of

Page 3Personal Narrative

the pyramid. Self-actualization is my overall goal. After completing college and upon getting a good job, I

believe that I will feel self-actualization.

Throughout my life, different roles helped to shape me into the person that I am today. These

roles involve religion, race, culture, family, and gender. I was born and raised a Catholic. I married into

the Lutheran church. Today I just simply state that I believe in God and I am Christian. I exercise the sign

of the cross before and after prayer. This would be a physical sign that I am or was Catholic. I do not

believe that my personality was shaped around my childhood religion because I do not agree with many

views of the church. My race and gender only played a small part into my personality. I do not believe

that race or sex makes a person who they are. I do not discriminate and I believe in equality. A person’s

family and environment can play a huge role in how a person turns out to be. Then there are people like

me, who are stubborn and choose to be their own person whether or not anyone else likes the choices

made. I grew up in a low income house with two very hard working parents. My parents were very strict

and my brother and I had very little material items compared to our classmates. As soon as I was old

enough to get a job, I got one. I wanted to have new clothes and an up-to-date hair style. I love fashion

and materialistic things. I know this sounds high maintaince, but I enjoy the things of the world. Despite

my love for having materialistic items, I would give the shirt off my back for someone in need. I have a

very kind heart and enjoy...
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