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self-analysis

[¦self ə¦nal·ə·səs]
(psychology)
The attempt to gain insight into one's own psychic state and behavior.
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I have been surprised at the eagerness with which students seize the occasion for self-analyses and confessions of all kinds (as I have been amazed at the amount and variety of larceny revealed in those written statements): a boy who tried to catch a garbage-can-raiding opossum in a steel trap and caught a dog instead; a girl who removed four baby rabbits from a nest under the garage (they died within three days); a boy who shot a hole in a metal boat upturned beside a lonely stretch of river; several boys who shot songbirds with air guns; a couple of boys who had stolen bicycles, and a couple who stole money from churches; a girl who tore up an old lady's flowers out of spite.