Autonomy - Learning How to be One

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As a young being, we do not have a concept of autonomy and thus heavily rely on others to discover the world around us. Coggon & Miola (2011) emphasize that the ability to reason - having knowledge and understanding it - is critical to having autonomy, and this is a skill we are still learning throughout childhood. It can feel uncomfortable and intrusive to have others check our bodies and wellness, but these actions are done for the greater good of looking out for those who cannot look after themselves - and even those who can. Intrusions by other individuals and systems allow us to go on and act autonomously as we age, but we do not always realize the benevolence of intervention until we fully understand ourselves and autonomy.