self-ex·​plo·​ra·​tion ˌself-ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce self-exploration (audio)
: the examination and analysis of one's own unrealized spiritual or intellectual capacities

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Riker Brothers A lot of season 2, in terms of Hetty’s character arc, has focused on her self-exploration and self-pleasure. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 13 May 2023 Meditation, reiki, and self-exploration presentations seek to open your mind, all in the Mars-like terrain of Sedona, Arizona. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, 11 Apr. 2023 Sabbaticals for self-exploration, aromatherapy rooms? Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2023 The director incorporated group therapy, psychodrama, acting and even dream interpretation into their work, making the film as much a journey of self-exploration as cinematic invention. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 4 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-exploration was in 1954

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“Self-exploration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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