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Also: Understanding

Insight is the ability to grasp the key elements of a complex subject, person or situation. Insight can be focused internally as an honest awareness of our own feelings and motivations or externally as an understanding of what is true and important in the world around us.

Insight may be partly a function of reasoning skills, but it also grows out of a patient process of introspection, contemplation, or study. A wise friend or counselor can act as a mirror, reflecting back our fragments of insight and adding their own so that we can see the whole.