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Scrutiny of one's own feelings, actions, and motivations.


doubting or questioning oneself or one's abilities


scrutiny of one's own motives or behavior.
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She was not theologically instructed enough to discern very clearly the relation between the sacred documents of the past which she opened without method, and her own obscure, simple life; but the spirit of rectitude, and the sense of responsibility for the effect of her conduct on others, which were strong elements in Nancy's character, had made it a habit with her to scrutinize her past feelings and actions with self-questioning solicitude.
"It is very different-- it is much worse for a man to be disappointed in that way: a woman can always be satisfied with devoting herself to her husband, but a man wants something that will make him look forward more--and sitting by the fire is so much duller to him than to a woman." And always, when Nancy reached this point in her meditations--trying, with predetermined sympathy, to see everything as Godfrey saw it-- there came a renewal of self-questioning. Had she done everything in her power to lighten Godfrey's privation?
Stephen wilfully abstained from self-questioning, and would not admit to himself that he felt an influence which was to have any determining effect on his conduct.
It is as if Jost has gone back to his doubts in Speaking Directly-his self-questioning about manhood, violence, the will to take advantage of people and make them thank you for it--only now he's found a way to make those ideas flesh.
In sum, the design of self-questioning mechanism of requirement specification contributes to the research in information requirement specification in the following three aspects.
Charlie showed the most striking examples, compared with other students, of integrating and extending his knowledge through self-questioning. He not only considered what content should be included but also questioned how the information he found out applied to wider abstract biological ideas.
In addition, each chapter concludes with "Suggestions for Moving Ahead" that prompt self-questioning and brainstorming of how the previous information can be tailored to suit one's individual needs and interests.
The comparative effects of a modified self-questioning strategy and story mapping on the reading comprehension of elementary students with learning disabilities.
But, it is a fact that the process of secularization is unmistakable, and scholars have asked to what extent the seeds were already sown in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and to answer this Greyerz entitles his final chapter "The Self-Questioning of Early Modern Religiosity." His analysis has discovered some factors within the practice and thinking of Christian groups he labels "internality," yet many other factors outside of religion per se can be labeled under "externality." Secularization was not a one-way street, for after the French Revolution, many European states reorganized religious practices as a weapon against the forces of revolution that threatened national identity.
Far from putting aside Socratic self-questioning, they felt not only able but compelled "to recognize as part of their identity the demanding search for reason in order to learn about the entire truth".
Detailed textual analyses of Stendhal's strategies and insistent self-questioning are consistently illuminating.
In fact, his position is that the justification and questioning of equality dialectically turn into their opposites; as such, equality shows itself to be both self-justificatory and self-questioning. Moreover, he seems to believe that questioning equality resuscitates it by clarifying the concept.