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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Introspect'

Introspect Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    introspect v : reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
Introspect Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Introspect \In`tro*spect"\, v. t. [L. introspectus, p. p. introspicere to look into; intro within + specere to look. See Spy.] To look into or within; to view the inside of. --Bailey.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Introspect'

Introspection is the self-observation and reporting of conscious inner thoughts, desires and sensations. It is a conscious mental and usually purposive process relying on thinking, reasoning, and examining one's own thoughts, feelings, and, in more spiritual cases, one's soul. It can also be called contemplation of one's self, and is contrasted with extrospection, the observation of things external to one's self. Introspection may be used synonymously with and in a similar way to self-reflection. It is used greatly as a spiritual examination.

Introspection is like the activity described by Plato when he asked, "…why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?"

Behaviorists claimed that introspection was unreliable and that the subject matter of scientific psychology should be strictly operationalized in an objective and measurable way. This then led psychology to focus on measurable behavior rather than consciousness or sensation. Cognitive psychology accepts the use of the scientific method, but often rejects introspection as a valid method of investigation for this reason, especially concerning the causes of behavior and choice. Herbert Simon and Allen Newell identified the 'thinking-aloud' protocol, in which investigators view a subject engaged in a task, and who speaks his thoughts aloud, thus allowing study of his thought process without forcing the subject to comment on his thinking.

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  • Manmohan must introspect his impact on PMO: Jaitley
    New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must seriously introspect as to how his tenure has impacted the Prime Minister's Office as an institution. "Manmohan Singh must seriously introspect as to how his tenure impacted on the institution of prime minister. Or is it the system of the original Comm Read more on this news related to 'Introspect'
  • Think better, feel better, at the blink of an eye - The world's first wearable neuro device for Google Glass
    OTTAWA, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Personal Neuro Devices Inc. ("PND") (, developer of world-first mobile neuro applications, is levering its expertise with Google Glass to turn Glass into a powerful neuro-imaging device with Introspect, the PND Wearable. Google Glass is a voice-interactive computer with an optical head-mounte Read more on this news related to 'Introspect'
  • Modi should introspect before vowing to cleanse political system: Mayawati
    BSP supremoalso alleged that BJP led NDA government had 'trapped' her in Taj Corridor and disproportionate assets case and she got justice from SC Read more on this news related to 'Introspect'

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