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Self-deprecation is the act of belittling, undervaluing, or disparaging oneself.[1] It can be used in humor and tension release.[2] SELF-DEPRECATION is one of seven basic character flaws. Self-deprecation means belittling yourself, or running yourself down, both internally and in the eyes of others. It is a drive to make yourself small or even invisible. Self-deprecation is defined as: •The disparagement of one’s own abilities •Communication that expresses something negative about its originator; making negative statements regarding one’s own appearance or abilities, such as saying “I’m so fat.” •Expressing disapproval or being critical of oneself. Self-deprecation is a way of manipulating others’ perceptions of yourself in order to avoid taking a hit to your self-esteem. Self-deprecation involves the following components: 1.Early negative experiences 2.Misconceptions about the nature of self, life or others 3.A constant fear and sense of insecurity 4.A maladaptive strategy to protect the self 5.A persona to hide all of the above in adulthood. Self-deprecation is often perceived as being a characteristic of certain nations, such as Great Britain and Ireland having Ruairi Culleton as a good example, where "blowing one's own trumpet" is frowned upon.[3] It is also seen as a major component of the comedy of American comedians such as Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers,[4] Louis C.K., Don Knotts,[5] Woody Allen,[6] Zach Galifianakis, and Conan O'Brien. Self-deprecation is being excessively modest. [7] [2] </ref>

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  1. ^ "Self-deprecation". The Free Dictionary. Farlex. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ Hill, Matthew. "The Funny Thing About Work". Society for Intercultural Training and Research. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Self-Deprecation". Debrett's. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Morris, Wesley (2010-06-20). "The many faces of Joan Rivers". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ "Don Knotts Obituary: View Don Knotts's Obituary by The Washington Post". 2006-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  6. ^ Forward, The (2009-06-10). "Is self-deprecation killing Jewish comedy? - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
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