English version

soul-searching

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsoul-searchingˈsoul-ˌsearching noun [uncountable]  EXAMINEcareful examination of your thoughts and feelings because you are very worried about whether or not it is right to do something After much soul-searching, I decided to resign.
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soul-searchingIn his autobiography, Davis recalls a soul-searching meeting with Sly about his direction.Their music is driven by soul-searching.The consequent soul-searching often includes as much self-mockery as it does social criticism, and for this reason it is not subversive.Diana was sympathetic, but did not fully understand his unrest, nor his frantic soul-searching.It caused a great deal of soul-searching, and I really wondered if I could do it.One looks in vain for any evidence of soul-searching among the legal clan.The possibility that husbands might fail to provide altogether caused some soul-searching during the late nineteenth century.Dilemmas like these can force your organization into some uncomfortable soul-searching, and equally uncomfortable self-revelation.
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