noun

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    ombliguismo masculine
    • For many people thinking is a very esoteric concept and some people would see a conference about thinking as intellectual navel-gazing.
    • Thankfully, though, I believe that the Scottish art world has wider horizons than such navel-gazing, self-pitying introspection.
    • You could call this navel-gazing, or you could agree that national identity is a vague and powerful thing, and deserves the odd moment of contemplation.
    • So now I can stop navel-gazing and get back to current events.
    • All this postmodern self-referential ironic navel-gazing is getting a bit bizarre.
    • Perhaps our playwrights should focus less on public navel-gazing and more on creating roles worthy of the host of immensely talented actors who so improbably bless our country.
    • ‘That is one area where there is danger of introspection and navel-gazing,’ she says.
    • Rather than indulging in what they regard as navel-gazing they intend to pursue a mindless pragmatism instead, regardless of what many of their members may think.
    • But why on earth is such theological navel-gazing necessary to determine the future of two people whose devotion for each other has been tested time and time again?
    • This is all tremendously inward-looking, navel-gazing stuff isn't it?
    • Indeed, this kind of national navel-gazing smacks of the arrogance that drove a generation of egomaniacs to go trekking off to Katmandu to ‘find themselves’.
    • But there will be nothing salutary about this failure if governments retreat from Europe into navel-gazing and narrow national agendas.
    • A photographer with a job must look outside himself, escaping from the private navel-gazing of so much contemporary art.
    • This amounts to five hundred pages of self-obsessed navel-gazing, interspersed with intense bouts of self-loathing and lame jokes.
    • It's just been a constant round of self-obsessed navel-gazing here recently, so I thought that you might like me to return to some form of banality.
    • Yes, sometimes it might seem like too much navel-gazing.
    • I do want to move on from the last three days navel-gazing though.
    • Instead the focus would shift, away from institutional navel-gazing - which turns off voters in their millions - and towards tangible outcomes.
    • That question will prompt much navel-gazing when the theatre's first productions appear, but looking inwards is only one way to answer it.
    • The whole business of writing about cyber-culture seems vain and navel-gazing to me.