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It means proud of who you are, even with the mistakes you made in the past. It means looking yourself in the mirror and thinking "This guy has his shit straight." While you reflect on your past life, you should smile and think "man I'm awesome." It means not using alcohol, drugs or violence to solve problems. To overcome and oppress those who bring you down. Whatever hurts you only makes you stronger. It's to think that you are a good person, but not to the point of arrogance or narcissism. You don't have to be the smartest kid in your class,you don't have to make a million dollars a year and you don't have to be popular to have self esteem and self respect.
I never done drugs, drank, got arrested and I have no record. Though I was not the most popular kid in school and I my grades aren't the greatest, I have to much self-respect to change who I am. I have a part time job at the city pound and I am currently in college working towards my degree.
by Crazy Joe Davola August 18, 2006
Self respect is having dignity and morals. To make choices that make you happy. It isn't about sex or nudity.
'That Rebecca needs to get some self respect, she's such a slag.'

'Actually, she's really happy and she hasn't done anything to upset anyone. She has a lot of self respect.'
by janjetina June 18, 2013
apparently its when you dont shag about and you have respect for your body and you dont just open your legs to any boy.
"that girl needs to get some fucking self respect"
by saraHHHahahaushdaiofsf April 30, 2006
Being proud of who you are. Respecting yourself.
Summer has self-respect.
by self-respect April 23, 2013
: a proper respect for oneself as a human being

: regard for one's own standing or position
“You think because he doesn't love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn't want you anymore that he is right -- that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don't. It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn't be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can't even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, beacuse the clouds let him; they don't wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can't own a human being. You can't lose what you don't own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don't, do you? And neither does he. You're turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself.”
― Toni Morrison

by PineappleJuice March 27, 2015
Mostly righteousness masked by indignation. Typically used by people to talk down to others about their choices in life, especially by those who need to slam others to feel better about themselves.
Who is she to be hanging out with him? Doesn't she have any self-respect?

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