|Introspection (In`tro*spec"tion) (?), n.
[Cf. F. introspection.]
A view of the inside or interior; a looking inward; specifically, the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; the cognition which the mind has of its own acts and states; self-consciousness; reflection. "I was forced to make an introspection into my own mind." Dryden.
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