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The stage in autosuggestion in which one exhibits a positive reactive tendency.
[L. affirmatio, fr. affirm, to make strong, fr firmus, strong]


Etymology: L, affirmare, to make firm
(in psychology) autosuggestion, the point at which a tendency toward positive reaction or belief is observed by the therapist.


A statement of intention made as if it were a fact, which is a component of positive thinking. The affirmation concept was championed by Emile Coué, the creator of autosuggestion therapy, and subsequently by Normal Vincent Peale; Coué suggested that his clients repeat affirmative “mantras”—e.g., “…every day, in every way, I am getting better and better…”


n 1. in psychotherapy, reflection on one's positive qualities when confronted with a challenge to self-esteem.
2. a verbal component of yoga practice in which positive words are spoken by an instructor in order to assist an individual to leave behind subconscious negativity.
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Was there any oath or affirmation as to why Washington needs to know to whom you were speaking, when, and for how long?
shall, before they proceed to execute the duties of their respective offices, take the foregoing oath or affirmation [.
No one must be false to that oath or affirmation but you have a duty not only as individuals but collectively.
They officially confirmed their new citizenship after saying an oath or affirmation and signing a register in front of family and friends.
LEGAL COMMENTARY: Where no indication existed that the doctor confirmed the documents' contents by oath or affirmation before a person authorized to issue an oath or affirmation, a document does not qualify as a proper affidavit.
The law implemented the requirement in Article 6 of the Constitution that "Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.
With its provision for an oath or affirmation, the presidential promise in the Constitution reflects a concern for rights of conscience that a simple oath requirement would have ignored.