self-crit·​i·​cal ˌself-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce self-critical (audio)
: inclined to find fault with oneself : critical of oneself
a self-critical perfectionist
… helping patients identify and challenge pessimistic or self-critical thoughts that cause or perpetuate depression.Mary A. Whooley

Examples of self-critical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This can involve committing to self-care practices and challenging self-critical thoughts about not being worthy of affection. Mark Travers, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 This drinking part may also come into contact with a self-critical or self-loathing part that wants to control the drinking. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Mirren is self-critical in the new ad campaign, too, which will also feature cameos from Idris Elba and Michael Cera in separate commercials. Nigel Smith, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2023 Honesty is non-negotiable for Humberstone, whose songs verge on the deeply personal and often self-critical. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 According to the principles of responsible research and innovation, science policy should be anticipatory and self-critical, actively seek other viewpoints, and respond to public values. Gregory E. Kaebnick, STAT, 15 Sep. 2023 There are few signs today of such self-critical reflection. Ian Johnson, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Bottling everything up, however, won’t do you any favors, because self-critical thoughts and behaviors thrive in the shadows, Dr. Nagata says. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 11 Aug. 2023 Pedro Almodóvar’s self-critical Pain and Glory was also emotional, erotic, and funny, with a wonderful, fully fleshed performance by Antonio Banderas and a range of lovers holding on to their humanity. Armond White, National Review, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-critical was in 1841

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

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