Personal responsibility is the duty to try hard to make your life worthwhile and to be fair to others. The following are illustrative examples of personal responsibility.
AgencyAgency is an individual's capacity to control their own life. A person, such as a very small child, who has no agency also has no personal responsibility. Most adults have enough agency to be completely responsible for their own life. There are things that can limit agency such as living in an extremely repressive society or having a serious medical condition or disability.
Locus of ControlLocus of control is the degree to which an individual believes they have agency, or the power to control their own life. Those with a weak sense of control view obstacles and problems as defining their life as opposed to opportunities to build strength, knowledge and resilience.
Self-ControlThe basic responsibility to control your emotions, desires and impulses. For example, the responsibility to control feelings of anger such that you don't act out in an unreasonable way.
HonestyThe responsibility to be honest to yourself and to others. This can be expected of a small child, particularly with regards to honesty to others.Taking the blame when you have done something wrong.
Moral DutyThe responsibility not to do things that are morally wrong, even if this means challenging authority. For example, following orders doesn't absolve one of personal responsibility for morally reprehensible acts.
The duty to try to resolve differences with others in the most peaceful and respectful way possible. For example, following the rules of a society in trying to change that society.
Reasonable ExpectationsConforming to the reasonable expectations of others where this makes sense. This implies adhering to cultural norms unless there is some good reason not to adhere. For example, removing your shoes when you enter someone's home if that is the local custom.
The responsibility to apply attention and care in your actions. For example, the duty to pay attention to the road when driving a bicycle.
Risk ManagementTaking reasonable steps to manage risk. For example, performing basic safety related maintenance on a vehicle.The duty to try to understand your own thoughts, emotions, motivations, character, values and goals.
ExtrospectionThe responsibility to observe your environment and others and to be mindful of your impact on the world. The duty to find energy and enthusiasm for things. For example, an adult can't expect others to be constantly motivating them but rather need to find their own source of drive.
KnowledgeThe responsibility to develop a reasonable level of knowledge with regards to your family, community, society, culture, planet and profession. For example, the responsibility to know a little about local manners when traveling.
RolesThe responsibility to do your very best to fulfill your roles in life whether they be social or economic. For example, trying to do your job well and being a good parent.Solving problems and making decisions without anyone having to push you. For example, a high school student who is expected to achieve reasonable academic results without parents pushing them to complete things or study.
ResilienceThe duty to build resilience to stress. For example, an adult can be reasonably expected to handle criticism without losing it.
ChangeThe responsibility to seek improvement and to change in response to your experiences.
HealthTaking good care of your body and mind.
Self-FulfillmentThe duty to try to do something meaningful with your life as you see it.
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