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soul-searching

noun [U] uk   /ˈsəʊlˌsɜː.tʃɪŋ/ us    /ˈsoʊlˌsɝː-/
deep and careful thought about your feelings, especially in relation to a moral problem or decision: After much soul-searching, he decided it was wrong to vote in the elections.
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