self-abasement

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self +‎ abasement

Noun[edit]

self-abasement ‎(plural self-abasements)

  1. the debasement of oneself
    • year unknown, Dr. Ian Traill, The Pearl of Great Worth!: “The Vibe”, Traillblazer Bookshop (ISBN 9781921978401), page 105
      Self-abasement is a state of excessive, unwarranted humility[sic] self-inflicted humiliation and degradation.
    • 2016, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Peter Geschiere, Evelien Tonkens, The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World, Springer (ISBN 9781137534101), page 54
      This self-abasement is a widespread characteristic in Holland. Especially in the company of foreigners the Dutch tend to run their country down. By pretending to be less than they know they are, they prevent being belittled by other people.
    • 1991, Norman A. Polansky, Integrated Ego Psychology, Transaction Publishers (ISBN 9780202366869), page 49
      Self-abasement is a process whereby through criticizing, blaming, or otherwise derogating the self, the individual seeks to allay anxiety.

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