autotelic self

autotelic self

(GIDDENS, 1994) a self-directing ‘self, possessing ‘inner confidence and self-respect’, grounded in a sense of ‘ontological security’ originating in ‘basic trust’, and also capable of a positive appreciation of social difference’. This kind of self is that which Giddens sees as conducive to levels of personal ‘responsibility’ and ‘pluralism’ increasingly demanded by contemporary societies.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000