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What Is Self-Empowerment?
Self-empowerment refers to your ability to make decisions independently and take self-directed action when you want to. Your autonomy can be restricted by others or when you feel unable to do what is right for you.
Why is it important to build this skill?
Feeling able to move forward with your goals and live in accordance with your values is essential to your well-being. When you feel that others are living your life for you, choosing your beliefs, values, or behaviors you can lose confidence and experience reduced well-being. Changing your surroundings to increase autonomy in important areas of your life is then essential to your happiness.
Activities to develop this skill:
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.