self-analysis

noun

self-anal·​y·​sis ˌself-ə-ˈna-lə-səs How to pronounce self-analysis (audio)
: a systematic attempt by an individual to understand his or her own personality without the aid of another person

Examples of self-analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the more illuminating moments in the book, in fact, comes when Herzog most explicitly rejects the value of self-analysis. Mark O’Connell, The New York Review of Books, 24 Nov. 2022 On the professional side of things, Reiner is at his best leading his subject through the early stages of his career, interspersing Brooks’ memories and self-analysis with a variety of footage, including clips from talk shows on which the young standup honed his prodigious craft. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 But then Kubrick himself always resisted too much self-analysis. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2023 But none of his self-analysis is, for my purposes, exciting. Jason Kehe, WIRED, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-analysis was in 1821

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“Self-analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-analysis. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

self-analysis

noun
self-anal·​y·​sis -ə-ˈnal-ə-səs How to pronounce self-analysis (audio)
plural self-analyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce self-analysis (audio)
: a systematic attempt by an individual to understand his or her own personality without the aid of another person
self-analytical adjective
also self-analytic

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