self-val·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌva-lə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce self-validation (audio) \
plural self-validations

Definition of self-validation

: the feeling of having recognized, confirmed, or established one's own worthiness or legitimacy … it is a glorious tale of wish-fulfilment, confirming that writers really can attain self-validation through the pen.— Peter Bradshaw Social media does not cause your lack of self-validation; it can, however, serve as an excuse, delay or distraction … from the fact that you don't validate yourself in the first place.— Michael Hurd also : an act or means of achieving self-validation Researchers believe nodding acts as a kind of self-validation, telling yourself that you have confidence in your own thoughts. The Express (United Kingdom) Taking a loss and getting up the next day to keep fighting … takes endurance and guts. Many cannot resist the temptation to trade that sting for a toxic self-validation. — Josh Marshall … I would swipe right on almost every girl, just to see who was interested in me—a form of self-validation— Matthew Kassel

First Known Use of self-validation

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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