Definition of self-help in English:

self-help

noun

  • 1The use of one's own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others.

    ‘what government does is not a substitute for what people can do with encouragement and self-help’
    • ‘The audience appears to be interested in self-help and personal awareness.’
    • ‘A related version of shiatsu, called do-in, is practised as a form of self-help.’
    • ‘The centre promotes self-help and complementary therapies for cancer sufferers to try and enhance their quality of life.’
    • ‘To take something in execution was a legally authorized form of self-help.’
    • ‘What we have not done is ask whether self-help can sensibly be relied upon to deal with all the problems that limited liability causes for creditors.’
    • ‘Erosion of the capacity for initiative and self-help is virtually complete.’
    • ‘Few seem to practice self-help, and even fewer turn to organising group therapy.’
    • ‘In self-help he seems to have found something he enjoys but is he actually helping anyone?’
    • ‘He was heard to express the view repeatedly that self-help was the better way of dealing with criminals.’
    • ‘It is almost impossible to assess the full magnitude of what self-help has done to America.’
    • ‘The London-based comic created his life coach alter-ego to satirise the world of self-help and corporate jargon.’
    • ‘For people who live and work in the city, cleaning up the place is obviously a matter of self-interest and self-help.’
    • ‘Two recent analyses suggest that foreign aid involves self-help as much as good will.’
    • ‘It is more like self-help with an enthusiastic cheerleader.’
    • ‘This presumably will result in a greater unity as well as greater regional self-help.’
    • ‘The event, which focused on self-help and self-esteem, left many in the audience underwhelmed.’
    • ‘The philosophy underpinning integrated healthcare places considerable emphasis on empowerment and self-help.’
    • ‘For most people with IBS, self-help is the best way to improve symptoms.’
    • ‘Is there a problem with a society so dedicated to self-help?’
    • ‘They identify self-help and survival as the other two.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier] Designed to assist people in achieving things for themselves.
      ‘when I suffered from depression I went to a self-help group’
      • ‘The opening sections read more like a self-help manual, espousing the virtues of self-employment for spiritual growth.’
      • ‘As a self-help tool, the science can be used to get greater insight and understanding of one's inner being and true nature.’
      • ‘He was treated with antidepressant drugs but says that self-help groups put him on the road to recovery.’
      • ‘The plan had a number of elements, but basically it was a self-help plan for our battalion to look out for ourselves.’
      • ‘Featuring a self-help guide and medical encyclopaedia, visitors can diagnose their ailments via an interactive medium.’

Pronunciation:

self-help

/ˈˌself ˈˌhelp/