selfhood

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From self +‎ -hood.

Noun[edit]

selfhood (usually uncountable, plural selfhoods)

  1. (philosophy, psychology) State of having a distinct identity, or being an individual distinct from others; individuality.
  2. The fully developed self; one's personality, character.
    • 2002, Amila Buturović, Stone speaker: medieval tombs, landscape, and Bosnian identity in the poetry of Mak Dizdar:
      Indeed, while geography is neither a key dimension of identity nor its determinant, it is one of the most important categories through which nationhood can be explored and articulated. It both grounds a sense of national selfhood and gives it a framework through which a continuous shaping of identity can "take place."
  3. The quality of being self-centered or egocentric; selfishness.

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