An example of something self-referential is an essay on politics where you use many personal examples to make your points.
- making reference to itself or oneself
- of, being, or related to a work of literature or art which exhibits the author's or artist's self-conscious awareness of the creative process, of the techniques he or she is using, etc.
(comparative more self-referential, superlative most self-referential)
- That or who refers to itself or oneself; used as a stylistic device when done in literary works.
self- +"Ž referential