soul-searching

[sohl-sur-ching]
noun
the act or process of close and penetrating analysis of oneself, to determine one's true motives and sentiments.

Origin:
1605–15

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soul-searching
 
n
1.  deep or critical examination of one's motives, actions, beliefs, etc
 
adj
2.  displaying the characteristics of deep or painful self-analysis

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Example sentences
Maybe it's the soul-searching that comes when you are closer to the end of your
  career than the beginning.
It should not be made lightly, which means you must commit to some serious
  soul-searching.
Doing so can help them progress faster and avoid wasting too much time
  soul-searching.
Patients and their families decide to take this step after long-term
  discussions and deep soul-searching.
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