care for or betterment of oneself by one's own efforts, as through study
The act or an instance of helping or improving oneself without assistance from others.
self-help - Legal Definition
A person’s attempt to remedy a wrong perceived done to him by that person’s own actions, rather than through the legal system. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a creditor may take possession of a debtor’s collateral upon default, if it can be done without breaching the peace.