self-tran·​scen·​dence ˌself-tran(t)-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce self-transcendence (audio)
: the act of transcending oneself or the capacity to transcend oneself
"If you're going to be a leader, you're going to have to have a very loose relationship with this thing you call 'I' or 'me,'" he shouted. "Maybe … life is not about the self but about self-transcendence!"The New York Times
self-transcendence means that the individual's own needs are put aside to some degree in favor of service to others.Jeremy Herschler
And awe itself can lead to what David Yaden, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Centre, describes as self-transcendence—the experience of shedding one's sense of self to feel part of something larger.Leigh Ann Henion
self-transcendent adjective
self-transcendent values
self-transcendent altruism
self-transcending adjective
self-transcending love

Examples of self-transcendence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Art as well as nature enables it: the books heaped on my bed convey something of that desire for self-transcendence, self-forgetfulness. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The 3100-Mile Race serves as a platform for affirmation of his teachings on self-transcendence, an opportunity to exemplify each participant’s hidden potential. Ben Pryor, Outside Online, 13 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-transcendence was in 1846

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“Self-transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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