ex·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce extroversion (audio) , -shən\
variants: or extraversion

Definition of extroversion

: the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self

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In fact, her extroversion is what got her discovered in the first place. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Whitney Way Thore Is Changing Reality TV for Fat Women," 29 Aug. 2019 Carbino also finds the binary nature of the test’s results problematic — introversion versus extroversion — since very rarely is personality so black and white. Allie Volpe, Washington Post, "Four letters can say a lot: Why people put their Myers-Briggs personality types in their Tinder profiles," 15 Aug. 2019 Owners were scored on the Big Five Inventory personality traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness and neuroticism. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Study Finds Cat Behaviors May Reflect Their Owners' Personality Traits," 2 July 2019 For example, a recent study shows folks who become more sedentary during middle age (habit change) exhibit decreased conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness and extroversion (four of the big five personality traits). Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "People can change if they put in sustained hard work," 8 June 2018 Cambridge Analytica decided to study five personality attributes: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism, according to Wylie. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences to target people on Facebook," 29 Nov. 2018 Some of these changes may be characterized by decreased inhibition (e.g., aggressiveness and extroversion that seemed out of character), similar to effects produced by alcohol and other CNS depressants. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Biogen escapes a compulsory license; could Ambien cause racist tweeting?," 30 May 2018 However, in contrast, emotional proximity often arises from core personality traits (introversion or extroversion, openness or discretion, etc.) combined with the impact of prior interpersonal experiences. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's OK to go slow when pursuing emotional intimacy," 26 Apr. 2018 But the album’s extroversion in no way diminishes the exploratory vibe always at the heart of the bass clarinetist’s longest-running group. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Following years on the road opening for his half-sister Amy Schumer, Jason Stein drops a new album with his trio Locksmith Isidore," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of extroversion

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extroversion

German Extraversion, from Latin extra- + versus, past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth

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variants: or extraversion \ ˌek-​strə-​ˈvər-​zhən, -​shən How to pronounce extraversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of extroversion

: the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self — compare introversion

Other Words from extroversion

extroversive or extraversive \ -​siv, -​ziv How to pronounce extraversive (audio) \ adjective

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