[aw-toh-suh g-jes-chuh n, -suh-]

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 formsau·to·sug·gest·i·ble, adjectiveau·to·sug·gest·i·bil·i·ty, nounau·to·sug·ges·tion·ist, nounau·to·sug·ges·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for autosuggestion

Historical Examples of autosuggestion

  • The thought of crime now becomes a sort of obsession or rather an autosuggestion.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

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

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

  • 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

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 Formsautosuggestive, 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

autosuggestion in Medicine




The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or concept, thereby inducing some change in the mental or bodily functions.
The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.
Related formsau′to•sug•gest′to•sug•gest′i•bili•ty (-ə-bĭlĭ-tē)′to•sug•gesti•ble′to•sug•gestive (-tĭv) adj.
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