from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Expression of one's own personality, feelings, or ideas, as through speech or art: "Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment” ( Pearl S. Buck).
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- n. The means by which one's personal characteristics are displayed; showing one's internal beliefs or character by means of external actions/changes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the expression of one's individuality (usually through creative activities)
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The Dutch social worker said to the father, This is what we call self-expression.
No one has license to say whatever she pleases in the name of self-expression.
At first many of the right-wing youth resented this curtailment of their so-called self-expression, but they soon realized this “plain dress” annoyed the left-wing youth.
In fact, slaves held enormous advantages over those considered free—especially over those who wished to be good American citizens—and they participated in a broader range of activities and self-expression than any other group in early America.
Again, these are the arguments people make when for them this is just an exercise in self-expression, not a discussion of how to actually help people in need. abb1 says:
… Some common themes are creating a nurturing home, striving for career excellence, and focusing on self-expression and enrichment.
And yet the contributions of citizen journalists, bloggers, and others who aren't paid to cover the news are constantly mocked and derided by the critics of new media who clearly don't understand that technology has enabled millions of consumers to shift their focus from passive observation to active participation -- from couch potato to self-expression.
Now, it's a thumping den of iniquitous self-expression.
Rookie eccentrics will find a manageable dose of self-expression by playing with an usual color combination (pistachio and plum, anyone?), or by wearing printed pants with a white T-shirt and bold jewelry.
Thus stoicism saves where incontinent self-expression destroys: an interesting thought, perhaps, for a psychotherapeutic age.
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