The instinct or desire to promote one's own well-being; regard for or love of one's self.(noun)
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Use "self-love" in a sentence
"And since, further, there is generally thought to be some peculiar kind of contrariety between self-love and the love of our neighbour, between the pursuit of public and of private good; insomuch that when you are recommending one of these, you are supposed to be speaking against the other; and from hence arises a secret prejudice against, and frequently open scorn of, all talk of public spirit and real good-will to our fellow - creatures; it will be necessary to _inquire what respect benevolence hath to self-love_, _and the pursuit of private interest to the pursuit of public_: or whether there be anything of that peculiar inconsistence and contrariety between them over and above what there is between self-love and other passions and particular affections, and their respective pursuits."
"Love Luminary Hale Dwoskin, the best selling author of The Sedona Method, told me, What most people call self-love—positive affirmations and putting smiley-face Post-its on the mirror—is just a manipulation."
"They are signs that we are challenged in the area of unconditional self-love, which is the only padding that can replace the padding your vice gives you from your vulnerability and pain."