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What is your definition of self-authorship?

Self-authorship is an advanced level of evolution or rather writing whereby a person does not just depend on their values and what they believe in (Magolda, 2014). they incorporate all that into what they believe to be their most advanced way of expression and through that, they make sure that their ideologies and beliefs are connected and express issues in a very clear and connected manner. Self-authorship is in three dimensions and these are interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cognitive. These three engage when a person reaches this level of self-evolution to make the person fully aware of themselves as well as their surroundings.

How would you know when you had reached a point of self-authorship? Where do you think you are now (i.e., on a scale of 1-10, how self-authored are you)? PROVIDE EXAMPLES.

Reaching the level of self-authorship is possible and most people tend to realize it. I noticed it when I was able to be fully aware of my environment and at the same time be aware of my inner self. Through this, I managed to manage my environment and my inner being at a balance (Baxter et al, 2007). Keeping these two at an equilibrium made me realize that it had reached the point of self-authorship.

What are the three most important concepts in self-authorship? (hint hint! From PowerPoint!!!) How do you plan to achieve those in your own life? GIVE EXAMPLES. What concepts did you learn in this course that will assist you with this? GIVE EXAMPLES.

The three most important parts of self-authorship deal with a person’s internal ability to maneuver around and get their best qualities and abilities as individuals. These three include cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Cognitive is the ability of a person to do what they think is best in that particular situation. It is also the evolving of the mind and brain capacity such that a person’s judgment can be said to be sound and good. When a person has a sound cognitive development, they are likely to engage in very respectful and mature discussions as well as make sure that whatever they are doing is considered sane. Interpersonal relates to how a person relates to another one. When a person has reached the stage of self-authorship, they are supposed to relate with one another in the best manner possible and make sure that they are respectful and uphold all the norms that people in that group of convention follow. The last part is intrapersonal and this involves oneself. Under this, a person gets the ability to control themselves and be fully aware of themselves, their challenges, their abilities, and their prospects among other things which are considered personal.

What resources will you need to achieve self-authorship? Are those resources in place now? Why or why not? How do you plan to get them if they are not in place now? GIVE EXAMPLES!

The resources to achieve self-authorship are varied and different people can have different resources helping them reach this level of self-authorship. However, there are basic things that enable a person to be fully aware of themselves and at the same time be able to achieve self-authorship. The first of these include diversity (Pizzolato, 2003). When a person experiences diverse issues and they are in situations that make them interact with different kinds of people they are likely to e better people and understand their inner self better. Not only will they understand their inner self but they also make sure that they get a view of the other people around them. Through understanding the other people around, them it becomes easier for them to see how the world is and develop interpersonal skills which contribute to their achievement of self-authorship.

The other very important ingredient towards achieving self-authorship is the ability of a person to establish a belief, choice or action based on their exploration (Magolda, 2014). This is a step towards self-authorship in that a person gets the ability to fully decide what they can tolerate and what they cannot tolerate depending on their experiences and the issues which they face on a daily basis. Therefore, when a person goes and meets with different kinds of people, they are likely to form an opinion and that helps them towards making a change in their internal personality and belief.

The other very important ingredient towards making sure that they are better and good every day is the ability of a person to develop their own choice-making abilities based on their identity. When a person wants to achieve self-authorship, they decide what kind of person they are, and based on their identities they are able to make choices that guide their lives in a great way. Therefore, it is an important part of growing and becoming better.

What are some barriers (systemic barriers, meaning barriers across many systems, such as personal barriers, family barriers, societal barriers) to you achieving self-authorship? What is your plan for removing or disposing of those barriers? Provide as much detail as possible in your plan.

I have had some barriers towards the achievement of my self-authorship in that I am still undecided about certain things which are important to me (Magolda, 2014). For example, I am not yet sure about what I will want to be done by the next 10 years since I do not like very much the course I am studying and would like to change it. Therefore, these kinds of issues and barriers, and in my case personal are a big factor in deciding what kind of people we want to become.


Baxter Magolda, M. B., & King, P. M. (2007). Interview strategies for assessing self-authorship: Constructing conversations to assess meaning making. Journal of College Student Development, 48(5), 491-508.

Magolda, M. B. B. (2014). Self‐authorship. New directions for higher education, 166(2014), 25-33.

Pizzolato, J. E. (2003). Developing self-authorship: Exploring the experiences of high-risk college students. Journal of College Student Development, 44(6), 797-812.