self-pity


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self-pity

A mental defense mechanism involving self-blame, negativism, feelings of rejection, worthlessness, hopelessness, or isolation.
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For a musician who could have (justifiably) wallowed in self-pity and sunk into depression following a double whammy of professional and personal setbacks the ebullient face of Black Label Society has never sounded better.
Twinned with this self-pity is a virulent racial chauvinism: Africa is the source of all notable ideas in human history; Western science is but a footnote to African scientific achievements of 500 years ago; the folk wisdom of the African bush is subtler and more "authentic" than the arguments of Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, or Locke.
As the Tartan Army wallowed in self-pity, pundits blamed the lack of talent available to Berti for Scotland's demise.
He avoids wallowing in self-pity, and his faith is his hope.
Anger, hopelessness and self-pity became a part of my character.
They are only having self-pity on themselves when their children are watching them and then they'll grow up as self-pitying .
I could turn toward the wall, steep myself in self-pity and thus compound the misery of my situation.
Intelligent, and moving without descending into sentimentality or self-pity.
Psalm 137 thus becomes a call not to capitulate in silence to Babylon or assimilate its cultural values; not to wallow in the mire of hopelessness and self-pity or wish for the former days of the nation's glory; not to offer imprecations to a God who is not there for Rastas, silent, hidden (deus obsconditus), and indifferent to the people of African descent; but a militant song to rub Babylon's nose in the dust -- to chant down Babylon in "ah ridim" -- and effect social change.
IN the good old days, when they were still called GCEs and I was still sitting them, our set Shakespeare play was Othello - the story of a man who became so frenzied by self-pity that he savagely murdered his wife and then killed himself.
Kind words are often followed by angry words and periods of self-pity.
10) Doctors are falling into a funk of self-pity and anger against managed care because "the system" won't let them practice good medicine anymore.