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Referring to oneself or itself: The biographer's account of the poet's life was surprisingly self-referential.

self′-ref′er·ence n.
self′-ref′er·en′tial·ly adv.


reference made to oneself, to one's own character or experience, or to a group with which one identifies.
self′-referen′tial, self′-refer′ring, adj.
usage: Social, ethnic, or other groups often use terms of self-reference in a neutral, even affectionate or jocular way, much like nicknames. However, when used by outsiders, these very same terms may be perceived as highly offensive. Examples of self-referential terms are nigger, geek, Canuck, conch, queer.
References in classic literature ?
"But the men aren't all big," said uncle Pullet, not without some self-reference; "a young fellow may be good-looking and yet not be a six-foot, like Master Tom here.
This information may be contained in the applicant%s activity description (self-reference) and / or in a list of deliveries completed, indicating the time limits, types of deliveries and their recipients.
We will come back to that under the label self-reference below.
"They are returning to the practice of selecting women who ensure obedience," the editorial read. "They are returning to clerical self-reference and are giving up that 'parresia' [freedom to speak freely] that Pope Francis so often seeks."
"More and more people see, feel and experience that architecture is no longer about self-reference, about doing the most chic and shiny thing.
15, language that is predictive of depression includes references to typical symptoms such as sadness, loneliness, hostility, rumination and increased self-reference.
Cloth, $45.00-Longuenesse's book treats the topics of self-reference, self-consciousness, and naturalized self-emergence, with an eye toward producing a naturalized Kantian psychology.
In the example, Perry's thoughts (a) "the shopper with the torn sack is making a mess" and (b) "I am making a mess" refer to the same individual, so two intrinsically different kinds of self-reference are at play here.
Focusing on behavior, we describe the key concepts that characterize Stephenson's subjectivity: self-reference, the internal standpoint, and consciring.
Use of the Third Person for Self-Reference by Jesus and Yahweh: A Study of Illeism in the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern texts and Its Implications for Christology
In the context of interactive advertising, consumers may have a positive association with, and attitude about, the advertised products, an association that is attributed to the self-reference effect (Ahn & Bailenson, 2011).
This enhanced memory for self-referenced information is known as the self-reference effect (SRE; Rogers, Kuiper, & Kirker, 1977).