A true self can be understood as the joint nature of humans as social beings to seek to thrive and work together as a community to in turn solve some of the hardships and issue life presents.
Conversely, a true self can also mean to demonstrate social and physical signs of well-being; in other words, it can be said to be a personal understating of what one’s purpose in life truly is.
It is my understanding of Butt’s excerpt that, as he puts it, humans have an internally personal constructive relationship, in which, to better understand ourselves, we indulge in a state of constant self regulation and shaping. Thus, when we are reminded of past experiences, occasionally our mistakes and flaws, we begin to be shaped by our relationship to these experiences and are defined as an individual by how we accept and grow from them. It is his assessment, that an individual must make mistakes in order to learn and further improve. Leaving the future, and our success within it, as a consequence of self realization amidst our understanding and learning that one acquires when truly facing their flaws and past choices.