self-definition

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self-def·i·ni·tion

(sĕlf′dĕf′ə-nĭsh′ən)
n.
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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If we haven't developed other self-definitions, if our roles in our family and our community are not robust, we lose a big chunk of ourselves in that transition to retirement," says Scott Bea, PsyD, a Cleveland Clinic psychologist.
Those types of things keep our self-definitions alive.
Self-definitions, after all, are conceptualized within specific social contexts, not by individuals living in isolation, providing a paradigmatic example, incidentally, of how the individual, relational, and collective selves overlap.
Here contributors identified by name and email address explore the notion of a holy people, a holy community, and other religious self-definitions in Jewish and Christian tradition from the biblical period to the present.
The descriptions we subsequently attach to ourselves are our self-definitions.
Even if you never put much stock in the parties' self-definitions, the spectacle of fiscally hawkish Democrats railing against free-spending Republicans is jarring.
A woman should know how to control herself" ("Kadinlar kendini idare etmeyi bilmeli") is the motto in these women's narratives in their self-definitions as "strongminded women with strong character" ("sahsiyetli kadin").
Both administrators were asked questions concerning their perceptions of the impact of the school environment on the students' self-definitions, the opportunities for students to develop a sense of themselves, how issues for adolescents have changed over their careers, and the special challenges faced by students with disabilities.
These self-definitions and practices are not to be defined against some given notion of male and female.
By refusing to enumerate and divide characters into conventional racial groups, Brown destabilizes our assumptions about race and demands more meaningful self-definitions.
Josselson presents the stories of eleven women in detail to demonstrate the four different pathways women follow as they shape their identities: Purveyors of the Heritage carry their self-definitions into adulthood without going through the crisis and reassessment associated with adolescence.
Mythologies, the (re)membered and revised histories and self-definitions that black women generate from their collective oral communal voices (34), layer the recursive process in both the present and past.