soulsearching

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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