subjective responsibility

To take responsibility is probably the most important thing we can do in life, it is in fact the only thing we can actually do. Subjective or Natural responsibility is a form of responsibility that is very different from the conventional form of taking responsibility. The conventional form of taking responsibility is always in some way related to an object and can therefore best be defined as a form of objective responsibility. The dominant human state of mind is a state of mind that is extremely focused at the outside world, thus at objects! For that reason the conventional ‘object focus’ form of taking responsibility is very widespread. It is also heavy, it can be very depressing and it wears us all out.


In reality it is never the object but the subject that determines life experiences. Therefore we can actually only take a natural or subjective form of responsibility instead of the conventional objective form of responsibility. To take natural or subjective responsibility is in alignment with reality, and as a result and in contrast to objective responsibility, it functions beautifully. Because it functions, it generates a lot of space and energy giving it great transformational power. All change great or small begins with the change of ourselves. All change of ourselves begins with taking responsibility. To take subjective responsibility is the only way to change ourselves successfully.


The Orange Tree Foundation is dedicated to the acceptance and development of Subjective Responisibility (SRA) as a key human skill.  A detailed explanation of the very essence of taking subjective responsibility together with a selection of 30 case-studies on different topics of how to take subjective responsibility is being described in the book Slave to the King. Please see below for more information on the book.


Slave to the king

"learning to take subjective responsibility"





New book, ‘Slave to the King,’ explains power of subjective responsibility



Janine Schimmelpenninck explores subjective responsibility, its practical applications

LEUSDEN, Netherlands — Author Janine Schimmelpenninck believes the best way to improve oneself is to take subjective responsibility of all actions. In her new book, “Slave to the King: Learning to Take Subjective Responsibility” (published by Balboa Press), Schimmelpenninck elaborates on subjective responsibility, making it accessible to all readers.


Subjective responsibility means being a self-leader, taking control of the present and having the ability to respond consciously. In her book, Schimmelpenninck explains what it means to be responsible and how readers can view themselves as the subject – rather than the object – for the present.


Schimmelpenninck highlights the importance of free will and strives to show that all readers are in control of their own responses. Her book offers useful exercises and advice for those looking to regain control over their responses and positively change how they live and lead their lives.


“The book provides the reader with practical insight and tools to regain self-confidence for inner leadership,” Schimmelpenninck says. “It deals with the very basic and inescapable fact of life which is ‘response.’”


“Slave to the King” seeks to clear up misconceptions about responsibility and ensures that the power to change a life is obtainable. Through her book, Schimmelpenninck hopes to propel readers forward and motivate them to see their lives differently.







“Slave to the King”

By Janine Schimmelpenninck

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 202 pages | ISBN 9781504332422

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 202 pages | ISBN 9781504332408

E-Book | 202 pages | ISBN 9781504332415

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble









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