contemplate (one's) navel

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contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
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contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
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However, upon reading her program notes, it was nothing so devastating; it was in fact, a kind of existential dilemma comparable to contemplating one's navel. For this, I had little patience to endure the unattractive sounds emanating from the stage, especially the excruciating noise of out-of-tune strings, as if it were a rehearsal in which the scores were inadvertently upside down.
In this environment, the notion of strategy became synonymous with contemplating one's navel, and marketing came to mean chasing new business that the foundry didn't need anyway.