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Autonomy Short Paper

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Autonomy Short Paper
Autonomy is defined by Fineman (2004) as an individual’s ability to independently govern his or her life. Exercising a sense of self control by making one’s own life choices is important for the individual’s social well being as it assists in maintaining emotional stability. As much as we do have the freedom to make our decisions regarding factors that determine how we live our lives, most people really feel that they have total power over their lives. This is because our capacity to make the decisions affecting our lives and act on them is influenced by several factors including certain people. Nevertheless, there are others who exercise self-governance and are great at empowering others to do the same.
Several people find it challenging to excise self-governance when in the company of particular individuals (Lehtihet, Strassner, Agoulmine & Foghlu’, 2006). For instance in my case, I find it difficult to make my own decision when around my guardians. The difficulty arises from the fact that I trust their judgments on a lot of issues thus I cling to their opinions and suggestions affecting the choices I make. In addition, I tend to minimize my guardians’ chances of being disappointed in me hence I avoid making decisions they do not approve of. I also realized it is difficult to shape my own life when hanging out with friends. This is because our opinions on how life should be led differs forcing me to compromise; in that I have to adjust my choices for uniformity, most of the time out of fear.
However, there are other people great at giving a sense of empowerment to individuals. Such kinds of people have high self esteem thus are confident in their ability to make their own decisions depending on their needs and inspire others do the same. Furthermore, they understand themselves perfectly, their strengths, weaknesses as well as limits which they use as their basis of empowerment. They are risk takers as well. The act of making choices is associated with a lot of uncertainty and consequences in case the outcome is undesired. Hence, such individuals acknowledge when they are wrong and know when to retract as well as ready to deal with the consequences of their decisions and actions. Their capacity to understand the working of various aspects of life aids them in predicting outcomes thus boosting their confidence in their decisions as explained by Fineman (2004).
Fineman (2004) suggests that individuals with the tendency to worry about what others make of their everyday life choices do always do away with their own sense of autonomy which has been the case for me. Most of the time, I sort second opinion before acting on my decisions seeking assurance due to my fear of failure. Moreover, my decisions seem to be based on pleasing those around me than on attending to my own needs. This practice is evident during my decision making concerning my romantic relationships since my choices are inclined towards my partners’ happiness other than mine.
Fineman, M. (2004). The autonomy myth: A theory of dependency. New York: New Press.
Lehtihet, E., Strassner, J., Agoulmine, N., & Foghlu’, M.O. (2006). Ontology-Based Knowledge Representation for Self-governing Systems. Journal of Vocational Behavior. doi:10.1007/11907466_7

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