navel-gazing

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navel-gazing

An excessive focus on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-gazing was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-gazing about the loss of this election.

navel-gazing

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navel-contemplation

If you accuse someone of navel-gazing or navel-contemplation, you are criticizing them for thinking only about themselves and their own problems or activities, rather than the problems or activities of other people. Tory MP Martin Brison says he is more interested in developing policies for the future than in navel-gazing about the past. He called for an end to Labor's post-election navel-gazing. Note: Navel-gazing can be used before a noun. The film is a sort of navel-gazing look at Hollywood. Note: You can also say that someone gazes at their navel or contemplates their navel. The Institute has always been notorious for contemplating its own navel. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval. Note: Your navel is your tummy button or belly button.
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To a large extent, the navel gazing was inevitable as a result of the "half a cake" devolution settlement Wales was offered.
Hosepipe bans are gathering pace - despite rain lashing affected parts of the country - and a plague of Big Brother hopefuls are limbering up for a three-month marathon of navel gazing.
As for the broadcast media, Sunday was a day of preparations, more Los Angeles psychoanalysis and navel gazing.
Still, the McElwee style is now so ubiquitous that this entry in personal nonfiction cinema feels dated, quickly lapsing into solipsism and unamusing navel gazing.
At worst this tendency results in navel gazing, at best in highly original hybrid forms of writing that locate new modes of public address for architects and critics.
Yet they all sit in the same chamber with half of them speaking in a language that the other half don't understand (something, if we were shareholders we would never allow); and because we have some of the world's best rugby players, some in Wales believe we are so superior that we should spend our time navel gazing - dreaming that we can recreate a Wales that never really existed.
Whereas down here on Planet Normal, navel gazing is suspended while our love for our newborns comes with an introduction to nappies, body fluids, breast pumps and sleep deprivation.
It is with regret, therefore, that I read her contribution to the Letters column (Daily Post, October 27) which seemed to merely encourage pointless navel gazing, rather than reality.
North Durham MP Kevan Jones revealed there had been "a little bit of navel gazing about how we got into this mess" over the possibility of an early poll.
We do too much navel gazing and we have become too complacent.
It should have told him people are fed up with constitutional navel gazing.
NATIONAL Assembly Members have been told to stop navel gazing and get on with governing Wales.
For ``Hurlyburly,'' David Rabe has adapted his 1984 off-Broadway play for the screen, whittling it down from three hours to a more concise but still tortuous two hours of navel gazing, self-absorption and phoniness.
A VISITOR from Mars to Bonnybridge, Scotland's UFO capital, would find all this constitutional navel gazing quite strange.
Socially ideological - although never boring us with navel gazing philosophy - the band have consistently produced thought-provoking political tracks.