• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-conscious excessively and uncomfortably conscious of your appearance or behavior "self-conscious teenagers","wondered if she could ever be untidy without feeling self-conscious about it"
    • adj self-conscious aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts "self-conscious awareness","self-conscious about their roles as guardians of the social values"- D.M.Potter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.
    • Self-conscious Conscious of one's acts or state as belonging to, or originating in, one's self. "My self-conscious worth."
    • Self-conscious Conscious of one's self as an object of the observation of others; as, the speaker was too self-conscious .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-conscious Aware of one's self; having self-consciousness.
    • self-conscious Conscious of one's self as an object of observation to others; apt to think of how one appears to others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-conscious conscious of one's acts or states as originating in one's self: conscious of being observed by others
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  • 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.”


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


In literature:

This would be a form of self-consciousness.
"The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality" by Rudolf Schmid
In this self-hypnotic state, you are able to consciously direct suggestions to your subconscious mind.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
He seemed suddenly to have became more awkward and self-conscious.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World" by Margaret Vandercook
Stanor's lip twisted in a self-conscious smile.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
This intensity of self-consciousness is nothing of which a man should feel proud; certainly it is not healthful.
"Creative Unity" by Rabindranath Tagore
In fact, he was a nervous man, always self-conscious, and therefore never natural nor at ease.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Even Nell and the baby looked unnatural and reflected the general discomfort and self-consciousness.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I was more self-conscious now.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The beginnings of self-conscious, systematic Pan-Islamism date from about the middle of the nineteenth century.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It is conscious, but not self-conscious.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde

In poetry:

And when, into her lone abode
Fam'd artists quickly came,
No swelling and self-conscious pride
Did animate her frame.
"Grace Darling" by Thomas Frederick Young
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
And show a tiny bunch of white teeth in your underhung
Self-conscious little bitch,
Aiming again at being loved.
"Bibbles" 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:

Oct 3, 2012 (Fresh Air from WHYY) — The band's new Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's slightly more self-conscious.
Like, perhaps, his feelings of self-consciousness as he tried to hide the stub of his hand from view.
Does Mike have a reason to be self conscious about his hair.
Suppose the United States government and the American public were as progressive and conscious of our country's true self-interest as are, for example, many European countries.
The self-consciously inclusive state Democratic Party has found itself saddled with a big donor — Yelm-based guru J.Z.
A self-conscious look of fear, anger, or happiness can reveal more than a lie detector.
"That's hard for a little kid, you know, gets self conscious.".
"The Details" a self-conscious comedy of suburban angst .
In a bright corner of a downtown St Paul coffee shop, Taylor Nelson and Alaine Dickman are smiling, maybe a little self-consciously.
"The Details" a self- conscious comedy of suburban angst.
A fashionable theory takes the self out of consciousness.
"I think her first time watching was hard mostly because she was self-conscious watching herself like any of us would be watching ourselves on television," Rory said of her mother.
Pictures taken during her show horse competitions made Patti Murphy self-conscious.
I would name my clone Melisa Accelerated and I would tell her to just love herself and not get self-conscious like me.
Yet he was feeling a little self-conscious after finishing Beverly Golf & Tennis' 18th hole yesterday in the Division 2 state championship golf match.

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