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navel-gazing

[ ney-vuhl-gey-zing ]
/ ˈneɪ vəlˌgeɪ zɪŋ /
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noun Slang.

excessive absorption in self-analysis or focus on a single issue.

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Origin of navel-gazing

First recorded in 1955–60; navel + gaz(e) + -ing1; perhaps from Hours With the Mystics (1856) by Robert Alfred Vaughan, English Congregationalist minister and author (1823–57), “...if a man shut himself up… turning his thoughts inward, gazing towards his navel..., he would at length behold a divine glory….”
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British Dictionary definitions for navel-gazing

navel-gazing

noun

informal self-absorbed behaviour
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