Self-awareness is not the same thing as self-approval, any more than imagination is the same thing as day-dreaming.
And it was with a slight feeling of self-approval that Beata went up to bed.
I do not think you have cause for self-blame at all, but, on the contrary, have for self-approval.
The first is one of self-approval, the second one of self-contempt.
He was immensely pleased with himself, and felt entitled to his self-approval.
The sense of self-approval was so strong in him that as he traveled homeward he felt the great moment to have come.
It was an inspiration and Livingstone shook himself with self-approval.
In the religious ceremonial of the Jews both aspects of this self-approval stand revealed.
My self-approval when I ticked an entry was quite a luxurious sensation.
I shall go out into the world with the glow of self-approval (and rapid motion) warming my system.