- observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.
- the tendency or disposition to do this.
- sympathetic introspection.
Origin of introspection
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1. self-examination, soul-searching.
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- the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods
C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for introspectionist
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- Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.
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