The short answer to that question is a single two letter word: NO! But before you reject this conclusion, think with me for just a few minutes. Begin with the fact that one of the major themes running through contemporary rhetoric, communication and linguistics as well as in anthropology and psychology is that growth takes place through relationships.
In other words growth and motivation are intersubjective. Intriguing term, meaning that they are not a subjective individual matter, but that life, making sense and motivation are formed and changed through dialog with others. Furthermore, except perhaps for the insane or autistic, making sense is always understanding through your historical and present-day social filters.
Anthropologists and psychologists talk a lot about a person's needs to develop as an individual and how it happens. Doesn't each person have to take an active part in life and not just sit around? Doesn't the individual have to be self-propelled or self-determined? And self-motivated?
The answer to that question is that each person becomes a more developed and a lot more active individual only as...