In English we use 'self-conscious' to mean 'conscious (or worried) about oneself' like:

The cameras made her feel self-conscious about her weight.


Don't mention his acne, he's really self-conscious about it.

Dictionaries have words like 害羞,难为情的,尴尬 but that doesn't seem to really fit...

Any ideas?

  • I think 尴尬 fits in the second example, for instance, 不要提他的痤疮因为这会让他尴尬/他觉得这很尴尬...
    – user58955
    Jun 6, 2014 at 16:56
  • I actually cannot think of a Chinese word that describe this embarrassing feeling caused by self-awareness! I don't think 害羞 nor 自觉 are precise enough.
    – Fabricator
    Jun 6, 2014 at 18:37

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If I am to translate:

The cameras made her self-conscious about her weight:


Don't mention his acne, he's really self-conscious about it.


PS: I suppose you were right, we might not really have a definite word/phrase for its translation, but i'd say it is very close to 介意/在意

  • How about: He's self-conscious about his Chinese?
    – Mou某
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:01
  • Well that would then be 他很清楚自己的华文程度
    – LCS
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:06
  • 好委婉哦 - nice a subtle, hey?
    – Mou某
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:19

In Japanese, they use the kanji phrase "自意識過剰" to express "self-conscious". I think it is a good reference. In my opinion, "太過神經質" is perhaps a good translation in Chinese.

For example,


That he did that thing is not because of you. Please don't be too self-conscious.

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