self-con·​firm·​ing ˌself-kən-ˈfər-miŋ How to pronounce self-confirming (audio)
: serving or tending to confirm or validate oneself or itself: such as
: being or causing the basis for its own validation
self-confirming beliefs/expectations
a self-confirming [=self-fulfilling] prophecy
also : of, relating to, or involving something that is self-confirming
Artists who make a splash in art galleries are promoted in art galleries. This, in turn, makes their splashes bigger, creating a self-confirming effect … Robert Dixon
Thus a person who is fearful of writing in front of others may focus on the thought that others will see his hand shake. But that fear itself can amplify his anxiety, thus creating the very hand tremor the person feared. In this way, a self-confirming cycle begins in which fear generates the awkwardness that justifies the fear. Daniel Goleman
: not including or considering information from external sources that conflicts with the beliefs, assertions, etc., of oneself or one's group
But oftentimes we are self-confirming in our searches. We only register information that we want to hear.Veronica Gnaman

Examples of self-confirming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic exacerbated this trend by trapping people in self-confirming bubbles and limiting exposure to new ideas and interactions. Sarah Davanzo, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-confirming was in 1842

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“Self-confirming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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