self-af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce self-affirmation (audio) \
plural self-affirmations

Definition of self-affirmation

: 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

First Known Use of self-affirmation

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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