Jerome Bruner on selfhood
“Since agency implies not only the capacity for initiating, but also for completing our acts, it also implies skill or know-how. Success and failure are principal nutrients in the development of selfhood. Yet we may not be the final arbiters of success and failure, which are often defined from “outside” according to culturally specified criteria. …”
 P36 Bruner, J. (1996). The Culture of Education. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, Harvard University Press.