Definition of introspection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

introspection

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈspekʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈspekʃn//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the careful examination of your own thoughts, feelings and reasons for behaving in a particular way These situations are best resolved with the minimum of introspection or self-analysis. You can’t always get to a real understanding of your own psychology through introspection alone. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin introspect- ‘looked into’, from the verb introspicere, or from introspectare ‘keep looking into’.
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