from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Self-awareness; knowledge or familiarity of oneself.
  • n. Self-centredness, egotism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In psychology, egoistic feeling or emotion.


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  • The great philosophers, the great prophets, one by one, have extended the circle of self-feeling out -- have expanded the circle of compassion from kin, to tribe, to creed, and ultimately to all of humanity.

    Ian Welsh: Carl Safina's View From Lazy Point: Expanding the Circle of Compassion One More Time

  • If we fail often in this self-feeling, in this duty to love our neighbor as ourself, to treat all humans as means and not ends, well at least the great amongst us, whether Jesus or Socrates, have told us again and again that we are all one.

    Ian Welsh: Carl Safina's View From Lazy Point: Expanding the Circle of Compassion One More Time

  • "If love closes, the self contracts and hardens: the mind having nothing else to occupy its attention and give it that change and renewal it requires, busies itself more and more with self-feeling, which takes on narrow and disgusting forms, like avarice, arrogance and fatuity."

    Morality, Rights and Health Care

  • In his sublime self-feeling the difference between myself and the attendant seemed to him as nothing.


  • In other words, religion is the self-consciousness and the self-feeling of the man who has either not yet found himself, or else (having found himself) has lost himself once more.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • But it may equally well be to get rid of him, to gratify my self-feeling by becoming the dispenser of bounty, or to inspire admiration in the onlooker.

    A Handbook of Ethical Theory

  • At any rate, in a single sentence this man had made us his co-ordinates and caused the negative self-feeling to vanish.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

  • I was thinking of my emotion of subjection in the presence of an original problem in geometry, but this college person tells me that this negative self-feeling, according to psychology, is experienced only in the presence of another person.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

  • In this way I strove to generate the positive self-feeling so that there should be no depression and no white flag.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

  • The psychologist is so insistent in proclaiming his doctrine of negative self-feeling and positive self-feeling that one is impelled to listen out of curiosity, if nothing else.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster


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