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Saturday, November 11, 2000

Definitions for introspection

  1. The act or process of self-examination; contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings; a looking inward.

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Citations for introspection
Bill could be harshly self-critical, while Mac -- though not oblivious of his mistakes -- had no time for introspection. Kai Bird, The Color of Truth
Romanes acknowledged that to interpret an animal's thought processes this way required a heavy dose of inference from our own mental patterns, which we access through introspection. Stephen Budiansky, If a Lion Could Talk
Origin of introspection
Introspection derives from the past participle of Latin introspicere, "to look inside," from intro-, "to the inside" + specere, "to look."