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I'm looking for an adjective that means provoking introspection. Thought-provoking is close to the adjective I'm looking for but I would like a word that is more specific. Thought-provoking doesn't work since thought-provoking can lead to introspective thoughts but it can also lead to thinking about, for instance, politics.
Basically, I'm looking for an adjective that would describe a piece of work that causes a lot of introspective thoughts.
Feb 5, 2015 at 18:11
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Might the word be
bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind;
evoking or tending to evoke an especially emotional response. evocative
evocative that they bring tears to the eyes" — Eric Malpass.
He wrote a powerful and
the Italian-American restaurant is decorated in a manner
evocative of the charming outdoor cafés in Italy.
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Feb 5, 2015 at 20:11
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The following behaviours suggest a search for introspection:
displaying the characteristics of deep self-analysis.
relating to or using self-analysis
Feb 5, 2015 at 19:52
Thought-provoking (adjective): prompting serious thought; no synonymn
Feb 5, 2015 at 18:25
Reverie-inducing" could be used to describe something which casts you into a brown study.
Feb 5, 2015 at 19:13
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involving, allowing, or causing deep thought
Feb 5, 2015 at 19:24
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Tending to promote self-reflection
noun: self-reflection: meditation or serious thought about one's character, actions, and motives
Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. The earliest historical records demonstrate the great interest which humanity has had in itself. Human self-reflection invariably leads to inquiry into the human condition and the essence of humankind as a whole
Feb 5, 2015 at 19:17
Reflect (in the right context) "The painting caused Gustav to
reflect." Or "The painting reflected Gustav's feelings." It is not a well-known word, but it could lead you down a path to a word you do like:
Pratyahara is a yogic practice of turning your attention inward.
Challenging (again, context is important)
This is a tough one.
Feb 5, 2015 at 21:08
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