Definition of selfhood in English:



  • The quality that constitutes one's individuality; the state of having an individual identity.

    • ‘This new sense of selfhood requires a different articulation.’
    • ‘It's like a hothouse, in whose controlled climate people can develop their selfhood to the full.’
    • ‘The game, then, is the stage of the social process at which the individual attains selfhood.’
    • ‘Studies such as these indicate how closely the contemporary understanding of true humanness is connected to the sense of personal identity and selfhood.’
    • ‘It is internal to the formation of their Christian identity and selfhood.’
    • ‘In the process of unpicking his feelings about the issue, he has extrapolated a model of the relationship between created work and selfhood.’
    • ‘The traditionalists are at a huge disadvantage in either defining or re-defining any sense of selfhood in a cultural environment of differences.’
    • ‘It's about traumatic brain injury and the total decimation of self and selfhood.’
    • ‘I assume that she is invoking the liberal, atomistic concept of selfhood which posits a self prior to social relations.’
    • ‘This does not imply that he was without an acute sense of selfhood, personal vanity, or justified pride in his achievement.’
    • ‘These conversations are about theories of selfhood and the place of personal essay writing in the English curriculum.’
    • ‘The key to convincing selfhood seems to be to rely neither completely on the self nor completely on an other, but to tease out options in-between the two extremes.’
    • ‘That would seem to be a strange way of honoring the remaining selfhood of the patient, if selfhood there is.’
    • ‘Moreover, a polyphonic style resists univocal concepts of selfhood, which posit the self as knowable and unified.’
    • ‘In an effort to maintain wider group cohesion, divergent voices are often dealt with by claiming they arise from entirely different strains of selfhood.’
    • ‘We cannot look at individuals in history without engaging with notions of selfhood, and we cannot look at the concept of social intimacy in history without an awareness of its specific cultural role.’
    • ‘They deal with questions of selfhood in different ways.’
    • ‘Our sense of being a person can come from being drawn into a wider social unit; our sense of selfhood can arise through the little ways in which we resist the pull.’
    • ‘She explores the idea that selfhood is a narrative accomplishment, achieved by people telling stories to themselves and about themselves.’
    • ‘Janie's spirit-filled narrative finally becomes that long-desired sermon on female selfhood.’
    individuality, self, ego, personality, character, originality, distinctiveness, distinction, singularity, peculiarity, uniqueness, differentness
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