feel (like) (oneself)

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feel (like) (oneself)

To feel as one normally does, physically or emotionally. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again after my bout with the flu. Marcy has been struggling with depression lately—I hope she feels herself again soon.
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I will explain; the enjoyment was just from the too intense consciousness of one's own degradation; it was from feeling oneself that one had reached the last barrier, that it was horrible, but that it could not be otherwise; that there was no escape for you; that you never could become a different man; that even if time and faith were still left you to change into something different you would most likely not wish to change; or if you did wish to, even then you would do nothing; because perhaps in reality there was nothing for you to change into.
not of love, but of sins...are brought all at once so near to a creature pure and innocent; it's loathsome, and that's why one can't help feeling oneself unworthy."
In his limpid overview of French writings on the Renaissance in 1994-95 (Renaissance Quarterly 49 [1996]: 114-23), Zachary Sayre Schiffman notes that the year's work adheres to Jacob Burckhardt's idea that the birth of the individual brought about a view of the world "being full of unique entities." The narcissistic pleasure obtained by feeling oneself "unique" was countered by the ensuing, almost paranoid realization that the thrill of self-awareness was based on the sight of infinitely diverse singularities.