self-af·​fir·​ma·​tion ˌself-ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce self-affirmation (audio)
plural self-affirmations
: the act of affirming one's own worthiness and value as an individual for beneficial effect (such as increasing one's confidence or raising self-esteem)
Patients were also asked to use self-affirmation to help them overcome obstacles to getting better by recalling moments in their lives they were proud of, such as a graduation. Lauren Paxman
also : a statement of self-affirmation
"When I look in the mirror and I see something that I don't like, I change that thought instantly into a self-affirmation where I say, '… You are beautiful. You're worthy of love and you're worthy of a happy and healthy life,'" she [Demi Lovato] told Dr. Phil … Rachel McRady

Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-affirmation was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Self-affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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