Autonomy + the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being
In short, autonomy gives us confidence and solid footing in our alcohol-free life.
So if we don’t have strong indicators of autonomy at the moment, what exactly do we do about that? To strengthen our autonomy, much of the work lies around confidence, self-esteem, and learning to use boundaries. When we lack autonomy, we may struggle with codependency—essentially relying on others to help us make decisions, feel worthy, etc. But when we dig into building up our self confidence, our inner dialogue and our sense of self, we begin beefing up that autonomy muscle.
As we begin to dive into these six factors of psychological well being, we begin to understand that this work is the kind of work we spend a lifetime honing and developing. You certainly won’t close out this app today and suddenly have rockstar autonomy overnight, though I wish we could promise you that! Instead, we begin to draw into our awareness these different components of a really great life, and we start fostering and developing them over time.
Today, reflect on where your sense of autonomy is on a scale of 0 to 5, and consider what you can do to bump it up by just one point over the next few weeks or months or years.
Seifert, T. A. (2005). The Ryff scales of psychological well-being. Assessment Notes
Ryff, C. D. (1989). "Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 57 (6): 1069–1081.