Whilst I like the article I believe you are misleading in your definition of an introspection trap. The indicators of what you call this trap are ways of thinking that appear in people and have to do more with their mental models, their learned behaviours and ways to respond to the world than with an exercise of introspection. You seem to suggest that low sense of self worth, tendency to rumination, a ‘black and white’ view of the world and perfectionism may be CAUSED by the wrong kind of introspection and that therefore anyone may fall into this trap. Looking inside yourself to challenge those patterns of thought is in fact the way to overcome them, not the other way around – see Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. If there are studies that the introspection trap indeed exists and is caused by introspection, could you please share them? I am not aware of any.