• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-help the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 14% have attended a self-help meeting.
    • Self-help developing one's capabilities or solving one's own problems, especially psychological problems, without the assistance of a professional, by independent study or by association with other individuals having similar interests.
    • a Self-help of, pertaining to, or useful for the process of developing one's capabilities or solving one's problems; as, self-help books on writing for profit.
    • Self-help The act of aiding one's self, without depending on the aid of others.
    • Self-help (Law) The right or fact of redressing or preventing wrongs by one's own action without recourse to legal proceedings, as in self-defense, distress, abatement of a nuisance, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-help Working for one's self without assistance from others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Self-help working for one's self
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  • George Shinn
    George Shinn
    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.”
  • A. W. Tozer
    “Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.”
  • Paul J. Fleyer
    Paul J. Fleyer
    “Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.”


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


In literature:

Could you help smiling, Prince Jason, to see the self-conceit of that last fellow, just as he tumbled down?
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Who in the Devil's Name, I wonder, helps to make up the Crowd half so much as your self?
"Reflections on Dr. Swift's Letter to Harley (1712) and The British Academy (1712)" by John Oldmixon
You can't be blamed, for you can't help your self.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
All the self-control of his nature could scarcely help him to suppress a whine.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I calculate that for this method of helping one's self there is a wrong way and a right.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 9, September, 1896" by Various
Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
But personally his work was much helped by his self-denial and simplicity of his life.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Self-help is one of the most essential qualities in racial development.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 3, September, 1898" by Various
Polly gave a shiver that all her self-control could not help.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney

In poetry:

Here men shall grow up
Strong from self-helping;
Eyes for the present
Bring they as eagles',
Blind to the Past.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
The soul expands when it demands
A right for self and others,
And darkest night has ray of light
For honest helpful brothers.
"Duty Done" by Jared Barhite
To help Thee, Christ, in saving world,
Forgetting self is rarest pearl,
That brightly glows when righting wrong,
Assisting souls in Thee grow strong.
"The Cross Of Pearls" by Mary Alice Walton
Is mine the part of no companion hand
Of help, except my shadow's silent self?
A moonlight traveller in Fancy's land
Of leering gnome and hollow-laughing elf;
"Unencouraged Aspiration" by Madison Julius Cawein
When man was lost, thy pitie lookt about,
To see what help in th' earth or skie:
But there was none; at least no help without:
The help did in thy bosome lie.
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert
And so the thing kept workin', and all the self-same way;
Always somethin' to arg'e, and somethin' sharp to say;
And down on us came the neighbors, a couple dozen strong,
And lent their kindest sarvice for to help the thing along.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

"Self-Therapy for the Stutterer " is the classic self-help guide by the founder of The Stuttering Foundation, Malcolm Fraser.
Marin's self- sufficiency gap To help our homeless—it may take a Village.
The deputy said the man was bleeding heavily from self-inflicted cuts on his body and charged him when he asked if he needed help.
Most importantly, we help kids feel good about themselves by building self-esteem through the practice and performance of circus arts.
A Cheerful Self-Help Program, Delivered in Song.
It's a best-selling self-help book written by Dr Stephen Covey.
Christine Dennison, a self-proclaimed job search coach and owner of Dennison Career Services has been helping the unemployed for more than 20 years.
Remembering Stephen Covey , the self-help master.
Covey , who recreated the business self-help genre with his series of "Seven Habits" books, died on Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident.
Stephen Covey , author of the massive self-help bestseller, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' died Monday in Idaho.
Stephen Covey , 'Seven Habits' self-help author, dead at 79.
Online legal self-help tool to expand.
Director of People's Self-Help Housing honored with humanitarian award.
Bluffton Self Help & Santa.
The Arthritis Foundation Self Help Mail Out is now available in English and Spanish.

In science:

The radial integration was carried out with help of the numerical approach developed in our calculation of the two-loop self-energy and described in detail in Ref. .
QED calculation of the nuclear magnetic shielding for hydrogen-like ions
Joined with high numerical resolution of 3.8 pc, the realistic description of stellar feedback helps to self-regulate star formation (§4.2).
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons
In that case the fact that the environment is dynamic helps to obtain self-averaging properties that ensure standard limiting behaviour of the walk, i.e., law of large numbers and central limit theorem.
Random Walks in Dynamic Random Environments: A transference principle
The use of self-organizing maps may be quite helpful in visualizing the data and bringing out clusters or groups of clusters that may correspond to undescribed species.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data
On the other hand, as is well known, the self-duality is one of the most attractive points of the Ising model, which help us to understand the phase structure.
Duality of a Generalized Gauge Invariant Ising Model on Random Surfaces