navel-gazing definition

  • noun:
    • Slang Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or attention to one issue: "The upbeat trend masks a looming problem, that has delivered the vacation industry into a renewed episode of navel-gazing” ( Monetary Times).
    • extortionate give attention to oneself; introspection.
    • literally, the contemplation of the waist line, which can be an idiom often meaning complacent self-absorption

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