The Introspective Man

July 8, 2013

Think about it, bro.

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Jessica Hagy


: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one’s own thoughts and feelings



  • self-contemplation
  • self-examination
  • self-observation
  • self-questioning
  • self-reflection
  • self-scrutiny
  • self-searching
  • soul-searching

The ancient Greeks understood the value of introspection, as evidenced in the aphorism “Know thyself.” According to Plato, Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

Of course, one can take navel gazing too far. Introspection can easily become self-condemnation at one extreme, stifling growth. It can lead to self-pity and a victim mentality.

At the other extreme, it can lead to total self-absorption, which brings us right back to douchebaggery in a boomerang effect.

Still, self-examination and self-awareness are key ingredients of good character. When dating and seeking a relationship  partner, ask yourself this question:

Does he actively seek ways to be a better man by examining his thoughts, feelings and behavior?