self-conscious [self′kän′shəs]
a) conscious or, esp., unduly conscious of oneself as an object of notice [a self-conscious poet]
b) awkward or embarrassed in the presence of others; ill at ease
c) indicating embarrassment [a self-conscious cough]
2. Philos. Psychol. having or showing awareness of one's own existence, actions, etc.; conscious of oneself or one's ego

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