Arnold Siegel, author of Autonomy and Life, says owning our life includes characterizing your identity, unifying your voice, and recognizing your selfhood.
Each one of us tends to struggle with autonomy because this freedom is not permission to do anything we feel like at any time.
Difficulties with behaving responsibly and with achieving confidence in our executive functioning produces disappointment, disenchantment and more.
We set out to master the primacy of being who we are when we remove from the processing of our thinking the impress of a dysfunctional ego.
Studied, understood and managed, the American ego is a remarkable function, a tribute to the rich range of the human brain.
Happily, we who study the philosophy and practice of behavioral sovereignty have learned how to reduce the excessive load of our subjective burden.
Unless our heads are buried in the sand, it goes without saying that respect is in short supply.
Some of us manage the conditions and circumstances of autonomy as a serious business that calls for a wide-ranging, socially conscious responsibility.
Much of the story from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, however, like the story of life in America today, is harsh and mean.
Author Philip Roth’s subject matter was human behavior, all of it. His protagonists wanted to be free and unrestrained but they also wanted to be connected and belong.