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From omphalo- +‎ -centric, thus literally "navel-centered."


omphalocentric (comparative more omphalocentric, superlative most omphalocentric)

  1. Overly introspective and inclined to navel-gazing
    The omphalocentric process of self-construction and discovery
    • 1967, Time Magazine, “The Inheritor: Man of the Year 1966”[1]: 
      'For the Man of the Year 1966 is a generation: the man—and woman—of 25 and under. ... Omphalocentric & Secure. What makes the Man of the Year unique?'
    • 1981, Maud Ellmann, “Disremembering Dedalus”, in Robert Young editor, Untying the Text: A Post-structuralist Reader[2], ISBN 071000804X, page 204:
      'Finnegans Wake' and 'A Portrait' are both, in their different ways, omphalocentric.
    • 1987, Christopher Dickey, With the Contras: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua[3], ISBN 0671633139, page 211:
      You could write a whole essay about "looking inward," a sort of omphalocentric option.
    • 1999, Robert Langan, “What on Closer Examination Disappears”, American Journal of Psychoanalysis, DOI:10.1023/A:1021496922983, page 92: 
      Some would have it that psychoanalysis is an omphalocentric, self-indulgent waste of money and time, best avoided so that one can take the proper pill and properly get on with the business of living.

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