In the course of my disease,  I met a lot of internists. The main personal trait I felt, was self-complacency, compensating an overwhelming lack of empathy. Read more in the book/Buch in Deutsch. Symptoms of this self-complacency as a main trait of the unculture of internal medicine, which are important for the general public, can be found in the illogical concepts of type 2 diabetes and essential hypertension.

The definition of complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, often combined with a lack of awareness of pending trouble or controversy. An example of complacency is the type of attitude a long time leader may have.


the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself; “his complacency was absolutely disgusting”


pleased with oneself; self-satisfied; smug.
Origin of self-complacent

First recorded in 1755-65

Related forms
self-complacence, self-complacency, noun
self-complacently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Examples from the Web for self-complacent
Historical Examples
  • She received my compliments with a great deal ofself-complacency.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson 
  • I particularly detest Dover for the self-complacencywith which it goes to bed.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens 
  • He was looking at me with a self-complacency whichwould have been odious in any other man.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad 
  • I smiled at the self-complacency of this reasoning, butdid not contradict him.

  • “You may be sure I will,” said Paul, with a smile ofself-complacency.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau 
  • In place of self-complacency there was fortitude; yet itwas the fortitude of defiance, not of self-knowledge.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope 
  • And mark the ignorance and self-complacency of thisunhappy man.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh 
  • The baronet received him with a countenancerenovated with self-complacency. ‘

    Camilla Fanny Burney 
  • What shook my equanimity and violently freed me ofmy self-complacency ?

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson 
  • His self-complacency was restored; the buffets of the evening were forgotten.

    The Intrusions of Peggy Anthony Hope 
Word Origin and History for self-complacent


1680s, from self- + complacency.

self-complacent (adj.)

1760, back-formation from self-complacency or else from self- + complacent. Related: Self-complacently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

January 8, 2018