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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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Paglia's (usually favorable) commentary, and that Courtney Love-Cobain recently expressed some admiration for Vamps & Tramps, although this was before its author described Kurt Cobain, in a Playboy q-and-a, as self-pitying, whiny, and suffering by comparison with the great rock figures of Paglia's generation.
I cry like all self-pitying cowards, but I don't want to upset anyone.
But he's at least blamed his indiscretions on no one but himself - unlike self-pitying Ashley Cole.
He sees genuine merit in the youth's self-pitying verse (which is mostly about missing Dad, natch), and encourages her to attend a big poetry contest in Florida.
But while the name-dropping may have changed, Band's take on group dynamics among a circle of 20-something gay men has proved surprisingly resilient, It's no coincidence that both Hearts and Punks (each appearing at gay film festivals this summer, then opening in the fall) borrow Band's birthday party premise for their opening scenes, Crowley's play--an immediate hit when it first opened off-Broadway in 1968--serves up a veritable roll call of timeless gay types: the self-pitying party host, Michael; his bookish, self-reliant confidant, Donald; the flamingly nelly Emory; the sharp-tongued Harold; "straight-acting" teacher Hank and his sometimes--straying lover, Larry; sexy, black Bernard; twinkle-hustler Cowboy; and married closet case Alan.
All around us it seems self-pitying bankers and sleazy politicians are shamelessly clinging on to power, and grimly attempting to defend the indefensible.
Lacking the dreary self-pitying bitterness that infuses so many productions of Chekhov, Stehlin's crew makes the aches alive and vibrant.
He was a skirt-chasing boozehound when he made his greatest recordings but still a Democrat and a proponent of civil rights; nevertheless, a myopic, self-pitying despair begins to settle in.
Wearing unnecessary sunglasses in Ikea, our self-pitying hero sobbed: "Nobody knows why I left Katie.
Instead, in a self-pitying rant she wailed: "I always get the blame for everything.
But it's an impressively professional feat from beginning to end, subtly nuanced at every point where it could have gotten bathetic or self-pitying.
Every self-pitying, poor me and "I couldn't bear to look at those images" comment he made convinced me of only one thing.