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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-consciousness, uneasiness, uncomfortablenessnoun

    embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you

  2. self-consciousnessnoun

    self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you


  1. self-consciousnessnoun

    The awareness of the self as an entity.

  2. self-consciousnessnoun

    Shyness. A feeling of unease in social situations.


  1. self-consciousness

    Self-consciousness is a heightened sense of self-awareness. It is a deep understanding or perception of one's own existence, thoughts, feelings, and actions. It often involves a level of sensitivity about how one is viewed by others, leading to behaviors that take into account the perceived opinions or reactions of others. Self-consciousness can also mean an acute awareness of the self as separate from others and the environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-consciousnessnoun

    the quality or state of being self-conscious


  1. Self-consciousness

    Self-consciousness is an acute sense of self-awareness. It is a preoccupation with oneself, as opposed to the philosophical state of self-awareness, which is the awareness that one exists as an individual being; although some writers use both terms interchangeably or synonymously. An unpleasant feeling of self-consciousness may occur when one realizes that one is being watched or observed, the feeling that "everyone is looking" at oneself. Some people are habitually more self-conscious than others. Unpleasant feelings of self-consciousness are sometimes associated with shyness or paranoia. According to Schopenhauer, man can, through self-consciousness, make a choice between affirming or denying the will.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-consciousness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-consciousness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of self-consciousness in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Copland:

    Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness.

  2. Phyllis Fagell:

    The good news is that you still wield a ton of influence at this age, you can help our child acquire key skills and cope with the inevitable awkwardness, self-consciousness and insecurity that every middle schooler is going to experience.

  3. John W.N. Sullivan:

    ...it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness; to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art.

  4. Sharon Choksi:

    And I can see how that lends itself to self-esteem issues or just like self-consciousness issues because you don't have the option to not always have your whole body be very visible.

  5. Thabiso Monkoe:

    The highest form of consciousness is self consciousness

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