Etymology
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self-conscious (adj.)

1680s, "aware of one's action or oneself," a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it by 1690, along with self-consciousness "state of being aware of oneself, consciousness of one's own identity"), from self- + conscious. The morbid sense of "preoccupied with one's own personality, conscious of oneself as an object of observation to others" is attested by 1834 (J.S. Mill). Related: Self-consciously.

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Definitions of self-conscious

self-conscious (adj.)
aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts; "self-conscious about their roles as guardians of the social values"- D.M.Potter;
self-conscious awareness
Synonyms: self-aware
self-conscious (adj.)
excessively and uncomfortably conscious of your appearance or behavior;
self-conscious teenagers
wondered if she could ever be untidy without feeling self-conscious about it
From wordnet.princeton.edu