The internal conversation of 'autonomous reflexives' is precisely that. It is the lone exercise of a mental activity, which its practitioners recognise as being an internal dialogue with themselves and one which they do not need and do not want to be supplemented by external exchanges with other people. In other words, the life of their minds is a private domain, because to these subjects their inner deliberations are self-sufficient. 'Autonomous reflexives' are people who would subscribe to the view that 'no one can know my own mind as well as I do myself'. Only they can know exactly what they value, only they can define which projects constitute the pursuit of the worthwhile, and only they can design the life partices which embody such goals and then monitor them to establish whether or not these are ones with which they are able to live.

Margaret S. Archer, Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation (2003)