ex·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ˌek-strə-ˈvər-zhən, -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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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 Linguistic information from users’ status updates, messages and comments could be scored for traits like conscientiousness or extroversion in order to select ads or news stories, the BBC says. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Google Earnings Soar; GDPR Strengthens Duopoly; YouTube Cleanup Impacts MCNs," 24 Apr. 2018 Each volunteer was also given a standard personality test that rates the five main components of personality: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The Economist, "Personality predicts musical preference," 5 Apr. 2018 Cambridge Analytica then used the data to build a model predicting the psychology of those people, on metrics such as neuroticism, political views, and extroversion. Julia Angwin, The Atlantic, "How the Government Could Fix Facebook," 5 Apr. 2018 Affiliative and self-enhancing humor are both linked to extroversion. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Senses of Humor Come in Four Types—Which One Are You?," 7 Mar. 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 \

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 \ adjective

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