AskDefine | Define selves

Dictionary Definition

self adj
1 combining form; oneself or itself; "self-control"
2 used as a combining form; relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self; "self-knowledge"; "self-proclaimed"; "self-induced"


1 your consciousness of your own identity [syn: ego]
2 a person considered as a unique individual; "one's own self" [also: selves (pl)]selves See self

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Plural of self

Extensive Definition

The self is the individual person, from his or her own perspective. To you, self is you. To someone else, self is that person.
The following list of topics is provided as an overview of and introduction to the self:
portalpar Personal life

Essence of oneself

Main articles: Self (philosophy), Self (psychology), and Self (sociology)
You have:
  • security rights that protect people against crimes such as murder, massacre, torture and rape
  • liberty rights that protect freedoms in areas such as belief and religion, association, assembling and movement
  • political rights that protect the liberty to participate in politics by expressing themselves, protesting, voting and serving in public office
  • due process rights that protect against abuses of the legal system such as imprisonment without trial, secret trials and excessive punishments
  • equality rights that guarantee equal citizenship, equality before the law and nondiscrimination
  • welfare rights (also known as economic or social rights) that require the provision of education and protections against severe poverty and starvation
  • group rights that provide protection for groups against ethnic genocide and for the ownership by countries of their national territories and resources

Personality traits

Main articles: Big Five personality traits and Trait theory''

Personal values


See the list at Virtue#Virtues and values


selves in Catalan: Jo
selves in German: Selbst
selves in Italian: Sé (coscienza)
selves in Portuguese: Si mesmo
selves in Finnish: Itse
selves in Tajik: Self
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