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.
But I was consumed with depression and self-pity, not clever story ideas that would further the adventures of my gay protagonist.
When I was working on Nickel and Dimed, one employer--a housecleaning service--administered a test asking whether I was subject to moods of self-pity.
Your magazine privileges a type of self-pity that I have found present in "African Diaspora" communities on three continents.
There's a self-pity that comes with approaching 40," he added.
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.