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[aw-toh-suh g-jes-chuh n, -suh-] /ˌɔ toʊ səgˈdʒɛs tʃən, -sə-/
noun, Psychology.
suggestion arising from oneself, as the repetition of verbal messages as a means of changing behavior.
Origin of autosuggestion
First recorded in 1885-90; auto-1 + suggestion
Related forms
autosuggestible, adjective
autosuggestibility, noun
autosuggestionist, noun
autosuggestive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for autosuggestion
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  • The thought of crime now becomes a sort of obsession or rather an autosuggestion.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Its connection with the phenomena of autosuggestion is very clear.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • It is at this point that the ordinary book on autosuggestion breaks down—so far as any practical usefulness is concerned.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • Then the autosuggestion "bobs up," common sense is side-tracked, we toss and worry—and of course stay awake.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • His story illustrates the power of an autosuggestion and the disastrous effect of attention to a physiological function.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • I am told by physicians that I am bodily sound, although very nervous, and that the fear is generated entirely by autosuggestion.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • I have no doubt that this kind of autosuggestion plays a large rôle in her mind.

  • One is inclined to suspect an element of autosuggestion in such a case; still, the coincidence is noteworthy.

  • By autosuggestion the stronger minds produce ideas which when set afloat pass by suggestion from mind to mind.


    William Graham Sumner
  • autosuggestion is an instrument which you have to learn how to use just as you would for any other instrument.

British Dictionary definitions for autosuggestion


a process of suggestion in which the person unconsciously supplies or consciously attempts to supply the means of influencing his own behaviour or beliefs
Derived Forms
autosuggestive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for autosuggestion

also auto-suggestion, 1879, a hybrid from auto- + suggestion. The idea, and probably the model for the word, originally from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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autosuggestion in Medicine

autosuggestion au·to·sug·ges·tion (ô'tō-səg-jěs'chən)

  1. The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or concept, thereby inducing some change in the mental or bodily functions.

  2. The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.

au'to·sug·gest' v.
au'to·sug·gest'i·bil'i·ty (-ə-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
au'to·sug·gest'i·ble adj.
au'to·sug·ges'tive (-tĭv) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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