- the process of inducing a thought, sensation, or action in a receptive person without using persuasion and without giving rise to reflection in the recipient.
- the thought, sensation, or action induced in this way.
Origin of suggestion
Examples from the Web for self-suggestion
This is a faculty which can be very much aided by forethought and self-suggestion.
Hypnotic suggestion or self-suggestion is not an agency which stands wholly alone.
What is called auto-suggestion, or self-suggestion, is one of the most active agencies employed in mind building.The Victorious Attitude|Orison Swett Marden
Self-suggestion, and no mere physiological nexus, is responsible for the sleep or the hysterical access which follows the touch.
Do not expect from self-suggestion, nor anything else in this life, prompt perfection, or the maximum of success.
British Dictionary definitions for self-suggestion (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for self-suggestion (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for self-suggestion
mid-14c., "a prompting to evil," from Anglo-French and Old French suggestioun, from Latin suggestionem (nominative suggestio) "an addition, intimation, suggestion," from suggestus, past participle of suggerere "suggest, supply, bring up," from sub "up" (see sub-) + gerere "bring, carry" (see gest). Sense evolution in Latin is from "heap up, build" to "bring forward an idea." Meaning "proposal" appeared by late 14c., but original English notion of "evil prompting" is preserved in suggestive (1630s, though the indecent aspect did not emerge until 1888). Hypnotism sense is from 1887.