from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or concentration on a single issue: "The optimistic trend masks a looming problem, which has sent the travel industry into a renewed bout of navel-gazing” ( Financial Times).
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- n. Excessive focus on oneself; introspection.
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- n. literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
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But this countercultural move isn't the navel-gazing type.
We hate to over-emphasize the political experts and activists role in this for fear of navel-gazing, but in this case, they matter.
But ideological arguments, navel-gazing and the odd bout of nat-bashing aside, how will Labour members actually vote?
But the French like nothing better than endless discussions and over-intellectualizing, so Allen's cinematic navel-gazing never lost its luster here -- even as his films became stale and a chunk of his American audience drifted away.
I'd always had somewhat of an itch to be a writer, or at least try my hand at writing, but other than a few pale short stories and a navel-gazing attempt at a roman-a-clef, I hadn't written much.
The cumulative effect of the camera work, music, costumes and editing is one of exhilaration, a zest for life at odds with the navel-gazing that marred so many films of the New Wave.
Almost as quickly as it had risen, though, in the 1990s Japan embarked on an extended navel-gazing walkabout from which it has never really returned.
Typical blogosphere navel-gazing arrogance - as if anyone cares about something like that.
If you prefer your own brand of navel-gazing over my somewhat ironic efforts, that's your prerogative.
But referring me to tomes of navel-gazing doesn't offer any meaningful support.