- an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
- penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
- an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
- (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
- an understanding of the motivational forces behind one’s actions, thoughts, or behavior; self-knowledge.
- the ability to perceive clearly or deeply; penetration
- a penetrating and often sudden understanding, as of a complex situation or problem
- the capacity for understanding one’s own or another’s mental processes
- the immediate understanding of the significance of an event or action
- psychiatry the ability to understand one’s own problems, sometimes used to distinguish between psychotic and neurotic disorders
- Understanding, especially an understanding of the motives and reasons behind one’s actions.