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 Within each category are specific traits and behaviors. Extroversion, for example, encompasses traits such as gregariousness and warmth.— Elizabeth Bernstein Wisconsin ranked among the top five states in America for "extraversion"—a trait associated with those who are sociable, energetic and enthusiastic …— Bill Glauber

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Recent Examples on the Web The only major personality trait that was clearly associated with power was extroversion; disagreeableness didn't correlate with power at all. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Empirical evidence that nice people don’t always finish last," 1 Sep. 2020 That doesn't prove a direct genetic cause for PTG, since other traits on different genes, like extroversion and optimism, also seem to impact the likelihood of PTG, according to the American Psychological Association. Starre Vartan, CNN, "Post-traumatic growth: With support, some traumas can help us grow," 30 Aug. 2020 Anyone who’s watched Schumer’s comedy or followed her on social media knows that her extreme honesty comes not just from extroversion but also from a desire to connect. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Radical Exposure of Amy Schumer," 12 July 2020 Tournaments and Twitter notwithstanding, crossword enthusiasts, like Trappist monks or novelists, don’t exactly have a reputation for extroversion. Liz Maynes-aminzade, The New Yorker, "Introducing Partner Mode: Crosswords for the Age of Social Distancing," 10 Apr. 2020 Not everybody's going to find the G90 handsome, but its confident extroversion seems to provoke a begrudging admiration even in those who find the wheels or the grille a bit too up-and-coming strongman for their taste. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Genesis G90 Would Like Your Attention," 30 Mar. 2020 Each of the 33 baseline studies identified large numbers of SNPs that had positive or negative effects on a particular trait: extroversion, heart disease, height, body fat, age at menopause, recreational drug use and so on. The Economist, "Migrants from coalfields take DNA as well as talent with them," 23 Oct. 2019 The 1931 Bernreuter Personality Inventory, for example, evaluates a range of personality traits: neurotic tendency, self-sufficiency, introversion or extroversion and dominance or submission. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The First Personality Test Was Developed During World War I," 24 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Extroversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extroversion. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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