What is an introspection?

What is an introspection? Here are some definitions.

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  1. (psychology) A looking inward; specifically, the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; the cognition which the mind has of its own acts and states; self-consciousness; reflection.
  2. (object-oriented programming) Clipping of type introspection.
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Why not drop in daily for your regular dose of nonsensical blather, rambling introspection and stolen links?
The transitoriness of life, introspection and spiritual pursuits, are his eternal themes.
He had shot his bolt by the seventies, retreating into gloomy introspection.
We are called to introspection and self-examination before confrontation with others.
Permanently in motion, he seemed to fear what he might discover in the calm stillness of introspection.
Years of observation and introspection have led many to the conclusion that people are self-interested creatures.

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