self-conception love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Self-concept.


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  • Whether or not his father really wanted one of his sons to be a holy warrior is beside the larger point, which is that bin Laden increasingly fused together his own religious zealotry with the reverence and admiration that he felt for his father, and grafted it on to his self-conception as a heroic warrior defending Islam.

    The Longest War

  • KSM, dressed in a rumpled T-shirt, looks dopey, disheveled, and paunchy, the exact opposite of his own heroic self-conception as the James Bond of Jihad.

    The Longest War

  • Our self-conception is in fact based on a three-fold myth of American religious freedom that distorts the current debate about religion in public life.

    David Sehat: The Myths Of American Religious Freedom

  • Our idealist rhetoric and self-conception was reinvigorated by 'victory' in the Cold War and the spreading of democracy in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the 1990s.

    Michael Brenner: Obama on Moving Sands

  • Formal interaction with the justice system hastens along the shift in self-conception from “I am a person who has done some criminal acts” — this is probably strictly true of the vast majority of us — to “I am a criminal.”

    More Punishment, More Crime

  • The label is a useful bludgeon for Pollack to try to wield against J Street, but the blowback around the world of convincing everyone who dislikes something or other the Israeli government does that they ought to adopt an “anti-Israel” self-conception is enormous.

    Matthew Yglesias » Contemptible

  • And that is unfortunate for their relationships with each other and their own emotional self-conception.

    ProWomanProLife » Modesty, nudity, identity

  • And the ideas become inseparable from our self-conception.

    The Persistence of Conspiracy | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • They insist on a view of the United States that mirrors their own self-conception: white and deeply conservative.

    Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.: Rand Paul and the Souls of Some White Folks

  • His increasingly messianic self-conception and his outsize comparisons between himself and important American historical figures seem deliberately designed to make liberals issue angry public denunciations, which only increase his profile and solidify his stature in the conservative movement, where Pissing Off Liberals is actually more important than anything else.

    Was the Glenn Beck rally turnout really that impressive?


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