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Origin of self-absorbed
Words nearby self-absorbed
What does self-absorbed mean?
Self-absorbed is an adjective used to describe a person who’s preoccupied with their own wants and needs.
When used in this term, the word absorbed means deeply preoccupied or totally wrapped up in something—in this case, oneself.
Self-absorbed is almost always used negatively. When you call people self-absorbed, it usually means you think they only think about and care about themselves.
The term is typically used to describe a person’s overall personality (as opposed to their behavior on a certain day or at a certain time).
The state of being self-absorbed is called self-absorption (notice how the b becomes a p in the noun absorption).
Example: My therapist helped me to see how self-absorbed I was, only ever thinking about myself and making everything about me.
Where does self-absorbed come from?
The first records of the term self-absorbed come from the 1800s. The term is formed in the same way as its very close synonym self-centered. People who are self-centered are centered on themselves, and people who are self-absorbed are completely absorbed (totally preoccupied) with themselves.
We call people self-absorbed when it seems like they’re incapable of thinking of anything other than themselves. People who are self-absorbed will always find a way to talk about themselves, no matter what the topic of conversation is. When you try to talk to a self-absorbed person about your problems, they end up making everything about them.
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What are some other forms related to self-absorbed?
- self-absorption (noun)
What are some synonyms for self-absorbed?
What are some words that share a root or word element with self-absorbed?
What are some words that often get used in discussing self-absorbed?
How is self-absorbed used in real life?
Self-absorbed is almost always used negatively as a way to criticize people who only seem to be interested in themselves and their own needs.
Trying to tell a selfish, self absorbed person how you feel is literally like talking to a tree.
— ✨Taya La Bruja✨ (@triniricanbruja) May 13, 2020
i'm okay with people not receiving what i have to give because i don't tie my worth to how many people are receptive to me. people are unreceptive for a host of reasons and i'm not so self-absorbed to make myself the center of that. it is what it is. moving on.
— 🌿🌿🌿 (@viriyaakarunaa) May 13, 2020
Why do people like their own posts? I don’t see it much on Twitter, mostly Instagram and Facebook. It’s like the person saying, “Wow, I’m so self absorbed I might as well like this cuz it’s brilliant”
A sense of Hubris I suppose
Yes, I answered my own question
— NJsFinest (@The_Finest_Fam) May 13, 2020
Try using self-absorbed!
Which of the following words would NOT be used to describe someone who’s considered self-absorbed?
Example sentences from the Web for self-absorbed
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I went into the audition as Fericito, the Venezuelan percussionist, and then I did a self-defense expert.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways|James Sully
At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
But to wave this discourse of Heathens, how many self-contradicting principles are there held among Christians?
The occupants of the room had been too absorbed with their own affairs to notice the gradual dimming of the illumination.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman