suggestion arising from oneself, as the repetition of verbal messages as a means of changing behavior.
Historical Examples

This autosuggestion must be made with confidence, with faith, with the certainty of obtaining what is desired.
Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion Emile Cou

The thought of crime now becomes a sort of obsession or rather an autosuggestion.
Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg

It is at this point that the ordinary book on autosuggestion breaks down—so far as any practical usefulness is concerned.
When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton

Its connection with the phenomena of autosuggestion is very clear.
Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke

I am now going to show you how everyone can profit by the beneficent action of autosuggestion consciously applied.
Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion Emile Cou

Then the autosuggestion “bobs up,” common sense is side-tracked, we toss and worry—and of course stay awake.
Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

I have no doubt that this kind of autosuggestion plays a large rôle in her mind.
Psychology and Social Sanity Hugo Mnsterberg

His story illustrates the power of an autosuggestion and the disastrous effect of attention to a physiological function.
Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

Amazed at the results obtained by the autosuggestion which you made known to me, I thank you with all my heart.
Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion Emile Cou

I am told by physicians that I am bodily sound, although very nervous, and that the fear is generated entirely by autosuggestion.
Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg

a process of suggestion in which the person unconsciously supplies or consciously attempts to supply the means of influencing his own behaviour or beliefs

also auto-suggestion, 1879, a hybrid from auto- + suggestion. The idea, and probably the model for the word, originally from French.

autosuggestion au·to·sug·ges·tion (ô’tō-səg-jěs’chən)

The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or concept, thereby inducing some change in the mental or bodily functions.

The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.

au’to·sug·gest’ v.
au’to·sug·gest’i·bil’i·ty (-ə-bĭl’ĭ-tē) n.
au’to·sug·gest’i·ble adj.
au’to·sug·ges’tive (-tĭv) adj.


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