Autonomy is not “do what you feel like”

I’ve noticed a tendency for people to equate “autonomy” with “do what you feel like”.

I’ll suggest that “do what you feel like” autonomy is more likely to lead to depression than wellbeing. It is detached from meaning and shared identity, and therefore psychologically weak.

Autonomy is weak without a link to a sense of competence and shared purpose.

So instead, I prefer to advocate the sense of feeling free to act, with all of your capabilities, to contributing towards a collective outcome.