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.
- in·tro·spec·tion·al, adjective
- in·tro·spec·tion·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use introspection in a sentence
His songs seem designed to reconcile years of stylistic arm-wrestling on Music Row, tempering the zesty testosterone of, say, Florida Georgia Line with the temperate introspection of, say, Chris Stapleton.Morgan Wallen’s big moment feels about 19 songs too long | Chris Richards | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
This year will forever be known as the year that brought introspection, slowed people down and had them focus less on business and more on family.Google algorithm updates 2020 in review: Core updates, passage indexing and page experience | Barry Schwartz | December 30, 2020 | Search Engine Land
She just wove them through with a little more philosophy and introspection.World class: Remembering legendary travel writer Jan Morris | Liza Weisstuch | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
The whole family might benefit from some introspection on this issue.Carolyn Hax: The repercussions of a niece’s insensitive comments | Carolyn Hax | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Interestingly enough, the one book that was a catalyst for how I thought about and approached both my work—and personal and professional mission—was a book that was not about productivity or self introspection at all.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in tech | Rachel King | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
Solitude activates the imagination, and invites introspection.
His attempts at thoughtfulness fall flat, especially when he attempts On Walden Pond-esque introspection and self-assessment.
Still, some introspection on the part of Hillel International might be worthwhile.Swarthmore Hillel Breaks From Guidelines Over Ban on ‘Anti-Zionist’ Speakers | Elisheva Goldberg | December 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
introspection might be your bag, or you might prefer to be a spectator.The 15 Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair London 2013 | Chloë Ashby | October 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most startling thing about Babbitt today is not its satire but the haunting, if brief, moments of introspection.
Reflection, introspection, brooding over mental and spiritual pain became impossible.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
I had not learned to question any emotion, and introspection troubled me no more than it did my pointer dog.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
This discovery gives me a fit 48 of introspection and I discover that I am, indeed, a narrow-minded little pinhead.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
On this point, the argument against introspection must be rejected.The Analysis of Mind | Bertrand Russell
The criticism of introspection has been in the main the work of American psychologists.The Analysis of Mind | Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for introspection
the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods
- introspectional or introspective, adjective
- introspectionist, noun
- introspectively, adverb
- introspectiveness, noun
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