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Related to self-definition: self-contained, selves


The definition of one's identity, character, abilities, and attitudes by oneself: work provided the primary basis for her self-definition.
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She also describes the deep-seated affinities of users of the cloth, affinities embedded in a history of national and international trade, coercion, and the emergence of cross-culturalism and self-definition.
The ruthless process of fulfilling his obligations also becomes his path to sacrifice, retribution and self-definition.
Hence, the competitive process is outlined with their hierarchically structures self-definition as ethnic groups and the similar process in how middle-class African Americans seek distinction from their impoverished compatriots.
There is a significant body of research from multiple theoretical perspectives that supports the notion that both adaptive and maladaptive personality development can be understood through experiences of interpersonal relatedness and self-definition (Blatt, 2008; Luyten & Blatt, 2013).
When his illness catches up with him, he explores his condition and altered self-definition with impossible grace - is he a doctor?
Specifically, we aimed to answer the following question: How well does a counselor's sex, gender self-confidence (examining self-definition and self-acceptance), and use of social influence (soft and harsh power bases) within the counseling session predict the quality of the working alliance between the counselor and the client?
For here is a book devoted to a characterFlorence Gordon, after whom the book is titled in the grand old nineteenth-century stylewho is unlikable as a point of pride, as a matter of self-definition.
Among the topics are the task and method of exegesis, medical imagery in the pastoral epistles, whether the Thessalonians wrote to Paul, traditions and theology of care in the New Testament, paranaesis in the Epistle to Titus, the vertus feminarium in 1 Timothy 2:9-15, self-definition among the cynics, Heracles, Athenagoras on the poets and philosophers, a physical description of Paul, and a review of Helmut Koester's Introduction to the New Testament.
This tendency repeats itself among immigrants from the former Soviet Union as well: The most common self-definition is "Jew" (42%), the second most common is "Israeli" (38%), and in third place, "by country of origin" (21%).
The celebrating of Native forms of gender and sexual expression that defy heterosexual standards might offer non-Native queers affirmation and the hope that collectivities need not be based in hegemonic heterosexuality, but Rifkin is quick to point out that this kind of valorization does nothing for Native self-definition or self-determination.
The book's thesis is two-pronged, contributing on the one hand to scholarship on early Christian self-definition and the language of Christians as resident aliens, and on the other hand to American theological conversations that draw on these early Christian traditions.