Etymology
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self-motivation (n.)

1980 (self-motivated is attested from 1949), "motivated by one's own interest or enthusiasm, without external influence," from self- + motivation. Related: Self-motivating; self-motivational.

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self-seeking (n.)

"a seeking after one's own benefit (before those of others), undue attention to one's self-interest," 1580s, from self + seeking, verbal noun from seek. As an adjective from 1620s.

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self-glorification (n.)

"exaltation of oneself," 1826, from self- + glorification. Earlier was self-gloriation (1670s).

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self-perception (n.)

"faculty of the immediate introspection of the soul by itself," 1670s, from self- + perception.

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self-styled (adj.)

"called by oneself," hence, "pretended, would-be," 1823, from self- + past participle of style (v.).

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self-begotten (adj.)

"generated without aid of another," 1670s (Milton); see self- + begotten.

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self-analysis (n.)

"analysis by or of oneself," 1860; see self- + analysis.

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [attributed to Alan Watts, who did often use the image in this sense in his talks, if not in these exact words]
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self-heal (n.)

late Old English sylfhele, applied to several plants held to have remarkable healing properties; see self- + heal (v.). So called for supposedly enabling one to heal without a physician's aid.

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self-hatred (n.)

"hatred of oneself," especially when contrasted with one's own ideal self, by 1670s; see self- + hatred. Self-hate (n.) is attested by 1947.

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self-reproach (n.)

"condemning of oneself," 1754; see self- + reproach (n.). Related: Self-reproaching; self-reproachingly.

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