SELF (O.Eng. seolf, silf, etc., cf. Dutch zelf, Ger. selbe, selbst), as a pronoun, an element attached to a personal pronoun or pronominal adjective to give emphasis, or to indicate a reflexive use; as an adjective a word properly meaning same, identical, also very (seen in the expression " self-same "), hence single, plain, not mixed with another colour. It is also a florist's term for a flower which has uniformity of tint, without markings or other tints. As a noun " self " means one's own person; for the psychological use of the term see PSYCHOLOGY, etc., and for its ethical aspect EGOISM.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)