self-consciousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-consciousness self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
    • n self-consciousness embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.
    • n Self-consciousness The quality or state of being self-conscious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-consciousness In philosophy, the act or state of being aware of one's self. The state of being aware of the subject as opposed to the object in cognition or volition.; that element of a sense of reaction which consists in a consciousness of the internal correlative. Many psychologists deny the existence of a direct sense of reaction, or of any immediate knowledge of anything but an object of knowledge.
    • n self-consciousness An instinctive idea of a self, or element of cognition, subject to correction or amplification, and thus distinguished from objective reality.
    • n self-consciousness An acquired knowledge of a self as a center of motives.
    • n self-consciousness A state of being self-conscious; the feeling of being under the observation of others.
    • n self-consciousness Synonyms Pride, Egotism, Vanity, etc. See egotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-consciousness the act or state of being self-conscious: consciousness of being observed by others
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Quotations

  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford
    “People have been so busy relating to how I look, it's a miracle I didn't become a self-conscious blob of protoplasm.”
  • Aaron Copland
    Aaron Copland
    “Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness -- I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”
  • Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    “There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

Usage

In literature:

There is a vast deal of difference between being conscious of self and being self-conscious.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
There is the self-conscious girl.
"The Girl and Her Religion" by Margaret Slattery
MOMENTARY ILLUSIONS OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS.
"Illusions" by James Sully
In the vanity of self-consciousness one feels at a long remove above the ordinary love and trustfulness of a simple and pure heart.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
For pictured there in place of depression, self-pity, troubling self-consciousness, she found sparkle and joy.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
She had no time for self-doubt or self-reproach, no time even for self-consciousness.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
It was a happy moment, when art had reached consciousness, and the artist had not yet become self-conscious.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
What nation would not be self-conscious after such dire experiences?
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Religion may exist aesthetically, but it can only become vital in the feeling, or self-consciousness.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
He still felt excited, uncertain of himself, even self-conscious under the eyes of the butler.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
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In poetry:

He, with a natural dignity
Untaught self-consciousness by harm,
Sustained her with his manly arm,
And smiled upon her glee.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
When I am with thee as thou art with me,
Life will be self-forgetting power;
Love, ever conscious, buoyant, clear, and free,
Will flame in darkest hour.
"De Profundis" by George MacDonald
That terror of the too self-conscious man,
Who, looking lonely inward, sees with fear
Through the tall trees of memory his own
Taut face twitch like the white tail of a deer.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Instead of which you sit there and roll your head like a
canary
And show a tiny bunch of white teeth in your underhung
blackness,
Self-conscious little bitch,
Aiming again at being loved.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
Still, no doubt every one of you can be the sun-socket as
well as every other of you.
Demos, Demos, Demos!
Demon, too,
Wicked fig-tree, equality puzzle, with your self-conscious
secret fruits.
"Bare Fig-Trees" by D H Lawrence
You vain, self-conscious little book,
Companion of my happy days,
How eagerly you seem to look
For wider fields to spread your lays;
My desk and locks cannot contain you,
Nor blush of modesty restrain you.
"To His Book" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

In movie years, anyhow ("Dr No" came out in 1962) -- and in "Skyfall" Her Majesty's sexiest spy seems to be on the verge of a midlife crisis: He's stuck in a rut, feeling redundant and getting self-conscious about his age.
"That's hard for a little kid, you know, gets self conscious.".
Self-awareness is being conscious of what you're good at while acknowledging what you still have yet to learn.
Conscious Living Center teaches self-awareness , personal growth.
Self-conscious about being a bridesmaid.
I don't smile very often anymore because I am so self conscious of my gums.
Solemn, unsubtle, and terminally self-conscious , Mooz-lum is maxed out on a number of fronts, beginning with the emotional investment of its director, Qasim Basir.
Fake documentary 'Paper Heart' is quirky, self-conscious film.
As big-money restaurants become more self-consciously dramatic, is dinner morphing into dinner theater.
Yet he was feeling a little self-conscious after finishing Beverly Golf & Tennis' 18th hole yesterday in the Division 2 state championship golf match.
Since releasing her first demo under the moniker Nite Jewel in 2008, Ramona Gonzalez's music has matured from a self-conscious bedroom project into a confident outlet of fully-realized funk and electro indie.
Transformation through conscious self- observation .
As your therapist I help you find and integrate your authentic and larger sense of self into consciousness and full expression in daily life.
Some modernists are so intent on avoiding cliche that their very own self-consciousness in and of itself becomes a cliche.
Within those mysterious curves lie the potential to escape the self-consciousness of the daily grind, to fly free, to walk on water.
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In science:

Besides, only quantum theory allows to consider self-conscious entities .
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
The system often uses these relations to evolve in a self-conscious way. iv) The relations among the elements of the system are constrained by the environment and often take the form of being externally driven or having a time-dependent coupling.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
General layout of the thesis. A conscious effort is made to make this thesis self-contained and reader-friendly.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
Actually, “self-organization” is another way of saying that random neural dynamics is controlled from outside spacetime by unobservable principles like free will and consciousness: “Self-organization” of the brain is synonymous to “organization by the Self ”.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
Based on the intuitive notion that the world outside the self is real and has at least some properties that exists independent of the human consciousness we would expect that ”ob jective reality” would maintain.
Realization of GHZ States and the GHZ Test via Cavity QED
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