self-tran·​scen·​dence | \ ˌself-tran(t)-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce self-transcendence (audio) \

Definition of self-transcendence

: 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

Other Words from self-transcendence

self-transcendent \ ˌself-​tran(t)-​ˈsen-​dənt How to pronounce self-transcendent (audio) \ adjective
self-transcendent values self-transcendent altruism
self-transcending \ ˌself-​tran(t)-​ˈsen-​diŋ How to pronounce self-transcending (audio) \ adjective
self-transcending love

First Known Use of self-transcendence

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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