introversion

noun
in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce introversion (audio) , -shən \

Definition of introversion

1 : the act of introverting : the state of being turned inward or upon oneself or itself introversion of an eyelash … the introversion of the German policy-makers after World War II, seeking less of world limelight.— Ronald Kayanja
2 psychology : the state of or tendency toward being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from one's own mental life : a personality trait or style characterized by a preference for or orientation to one's own thoughts and feelings

Note: The psychologist Carl Gustav Jung first introduced the terms introversion, introvert, extroversion, and extrovert in the early 1900s to describe personality types that focus a person's energy on either the inner or outer world.

As a corporate trainer I'd always received high performance ratings. … Introversion had made me a good listener which put people at ease.— Linda Harding-Bond For all the things shyness is, there are a number of things it's not. For one, it's not simple introversion. If you stay home on a Friday night just because you prefer a good book to a loud party, you're not necessarily shy …— Jeffrey Kluger — compare extroversion

Other Words from introversion

introversive \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈvər-​siv How to pronounce introversion (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
introversively adverb

Examples of introversion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s sure is that the world has awakened to introversion with the growing understanding of various personality types. Karl Moore, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Before joining her school’s robotics team, the Nautilus, Mariana was deeply shy, but competing for FIRST’s Chairman Award (given to the team that demonstrates the greatest service to their community) eased her out of introversion. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 The American Psychiatric Association has considered adding introversion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2022 An ambivert is a personality trait used to describe someone in the middle of the spectrum of introversion and extraversion. Tiffany Philippou, refinery29.com, 30 Nov. 2021 The key is to recognize that introversion is an asset, not a liability. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 There is a link between introversion and creativity. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 People sometimes use introversion as a synonym for shyness. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 But that said, some of the introversion stuff stays with me. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of introversion

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introversion

borrowed from New Latin intrōversiōn-, intrōversiō "a turning inward," from intrōvertere "to turn inward" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action; (sense 2) after German Introversion — more at introvert entry 2

Note: Regarding the use of Introversion by Carl jung in psychology see note at extroversion.

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“Introversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introversion. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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introversion

noun
in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce introversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of introversion

1 : the state of being turned inward or upon itself introversion of an eyelash
2 : the state of or tendency toward being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from one's own mental life : a personality trait or style characterized by a preference for or orientation to one's own thoughts and feelings

Note: The psychologist C. G. Jung first introduced the terms introversion, introvert, extroversion, and extrovert in the early 1900s to describe personality types that focus a person's energy on either the inner or outer world.

— compare extroversion

Other Words from introversion

introversive \ -​ˈvər-​siv, -​ziv How to pronounce introversion (audio) \ adjective
introversively adverb

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