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omphaloskepsis

As funny as it may sound, omphaloskepsis is a word for being obsessed with your own navel. People use it as a way to describe someone who is so self-absorbed that he's lost all perspective.

The noun omphaloskepsis literally means "the contemplation of one's navel," and you could use when you see a little kid who is obsessed with his belly button. More often, it describes being so wrapped up in yourself that you lose track of the world around you — a metaphorical navel-gazing. The Ancient Greek root words omphalos, "navel," and skepsis, "reflection," combine to make a great way of describing a tendency to be self-absorbed.

Definitions of omphaloskepsis
  1. noun
    literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
    synonyms: navel-gazing
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    type of:
    self-absorption
    preoccupation with yourself to the exclusion of everything else
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