Sense Of Responsibility: Control Over Our Lives

Sense of responsibility: control over our lives

When we speak of the feeling of being in control of our own life, we use the term “sense of responsibility”. Taking responsibility for our lives means knowing where we are, what is happening to us, and having the opportunity to change things. In English, the term “Sense of Agency” is used for this. Agency also means agency.

However, we understand agencies to be something else, such as travel agencies or employment agencies. Still, it’s an interesting comparison because travel agents and other agencies are responsible for providing services that help meet the needs of certain people, which is why they turn to them. In this sense, only our own “agency” can meet certain internal needs. This explains why it is so important to have a strong sense of responsibility, i.e. a feeling for the inner agency.

The inner “agency” begins with interoception

Interoception is the perception that every person has about the internal state of their own body. This information helps us keep our body in balance, in homeostasis. Body, mind and well-being are closely related , which means that interoception not only takes into account physiological aspects, but is also linked to subjective sensations such as emotions.

A woman is happy with herself and her life.

The greater our interoceptional knowledge, the more capacity and potential we have to control our lives. Remember that we can adapt better when we are aware of the changes that are occurring in our internal and external environments.

The Effects of Losing the Inner Agency

A wonderful book called Horror Embodied: Traces of Trauma in the Brain, Mind and Body and How to Heal Them  by Bessel van der Kolk describes how many war veterans suffer a loss of freedom of choice. Many of them are bound to an environment in which they have learned to function on the basis of certain norms that are only effective in the context of the conflict.

That may be an example with which only a small group of the population can identify. But beyond that, numerous people feel insecure about their own bodies for various reasons. An example of this is the constant reliving of the past, which brings internal discomfort. Humans are creatures of habit, and many people learn to ignore their instincts and numb their consciences.

Even so, it is important to know that ignoring what is going on inside us will make us lose control. Many health problems such as chronic pain, fatigue, and migraines may be examples of internal calls for help. All of these problems could be the result of ignorance of internal warning signals. We pay a high price for not being “agents” of our life because this leads us to ignore or fail to see what really harms us and what is safe, good and useful for us.

How can we be “agents” of our life?

The medial prefrontal cortex is responsible for monitoring our body sensations. We are already aware today that meditation and yoga can help us regulate ourselves. But more than that: They also help us to become more aware of our physical sensations, to feel stronger and to bring our lives under control.

A woman meditates on the edge of a pool.

The effect of physical work on our energy reserves has been proven. This is particularly true of people who feel petrified, such as war veterans who have been exposed to real terror. So, using physical exercise to work on your interoception is a good workout to better understand the messages your body is sending regarding your needs.

In conclusion, it can be said that the inner agency trusts our feelings. She listens to our body and tries to understand what it is trying to tell us. The agency does not claim that it is easy to control our lives and act against other forces, but it is possible.

This whole process starts with knowing and accepting ourselves in order to be able to create a life plan. A few questions can help us think about the capabilities of our agency: What do we expect from life? What are our dreams and goals? Who or what can help us make small changes in our lives?

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