Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to self-defeating: Self-defeating personality disorder
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • adj

Words related to self-defeating

acting to defeat its own purpose

Related Words

References in periodicals archive ?
The results, as well as being consistent with the positive connotations traditionally attributed to the act of 'laughing at oneself' in our country, also suggest that the effects of self-defeating humour on well-being may differ depending on where the research takes places," Marin said.
New Delhi [India], Sep 6 ( ANI ): Formed United States president Barack Obama on Tuesday said that President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed some undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to work and live legally was "cruel, self-defeating and wrong.
Self-defeating humour is used by individuals who have a tendency to ridicule themselves, usually in order to make others laugh or to be liked by being the butt of their jokes.
Any public investment will increase the deficit in the short-term, just as self-defeating austerity is causing the Chancellor to borrow hundreds of billions more.
In Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits, Tara Bennett-Goleman shows how the same skills that a "whisperer" employs--empathizing and becoming attuned to another living being-can also help us humans understand and modify our own behavior.
1) A series of conscious or unconscious patterns of risky behaviors that are self-defeating and self-destructive.
Hypnosis as an Adjunct to CBT: Treating Self-defeating Eaters.
Mr Brown: "If more and more customers leave the Royal Mail and more and more customers stop using the Royal Mail, then more jobs will be lost, so this is self-defeating.
Self-defeating humor (maladaptive self-focused) is the use of humor to enhance relationships with others at the expense of self and is characterized by the excessive use of self-disparaging humor.
sanctions are self-defeating because they deny Boeing huge profits.
Using questionnaire data and semi-structured interviews, the present study investigated definitions of success in strength training and explored relationships among five goal orientations: taskorientation, self-enhancing ego-orientation, self-defeating ego-orientation, social-approval orientation, and work-avoidance orientation.
the nine inner strengths you need to overcome self-defeating tendencies at work.
Two wrongs make two wrongs, and repeated wrongs are ultimately self-defeating.
FOUR STEPS TO INNER JOY provides a program for personal fulfillment on many levels covering everything from recognizing and avoiding the wrong relationships to understanding a myriad of self-defeating actions, from failing at diets and allowing stress to block good judgment to feeling happier with life in general.
The book encourages you to get control over the perils of perfectionism, self-defeating thoughts, fears of failure and public speaking, procrastination and discomfort on the job, and difficulty just being the boss.