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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He whines self-pityingly that life has been so tough for him that he had to check into a clinic in Arizona.
Having secured a huge amount of free publicity in this way, and some very lucrative advance block bookings from Christian fundamentalist groups, Gibson now talks self-pityingly about how he has risked his fortune and his career, but doesn't care if he "never works again" because he's done it all for Jesus.
So next time you walk into the pub after work, don't be surprised if you spot a sleazy middle-manager whispering self-pityingly to the keyboard,
Apart from endearing himself to George Brown, where would someone who gets pissed at parties and rants self-pityingly at journalists have slotted in among such people?