in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of introversion 

1 : the act of introverting : the state of being introverted

2 : the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life

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Other Words from introversion

introversive \ˌin-​trə-​ˈvər-​siv, -​ziv \ adjective
introversively adverb

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But you can get lost in your own introversion that way. Trevor Fraser,, "Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey goes around the world and beyond," 1 July 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 On our next trip, a long weekend at a cabin in the Catskill Mountains, we were forced to address my propensity for introversion and his for extraversion. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Traveling the World With My Dad Helps Open the Borders Between Us," 13 June 2018 Griffith, the counselor, said his introversion might have been part of problem before the crime. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015 But, in fact, introversion and social anxiety are separate. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety," 21 Mar. 2018 Seyer, who will be performing at Coachella as the guitarist for the Long Beach artist who records as Bane's World (Shane Blanchard), is part of an inspiring suburban scene that celebrates romance and introversion over testosterone and socializing. Randall Roberts,, "California Sounds: New underground work from If I Die in Mississippi, Sam Gendel and Michael Seyer," 9 Mar. 2018 Doctors diagnosed her with autism, finally giving a name to the introversion and compulsive behaviors that had perplexed her family. Jeremy Lybarger, Longreads, "The Encylopedia of the Missing," 11 Jan. 2018 His pattern of introversion and a passion for a job that requires him to frequently schmooze might seem incongruous at first. NBC News, "7 questions to ask to help make sense of your life," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of introversion

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introversion

intro- + -version (as in diversion)

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in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən \

Medical Definition of introversion 

1 : the act of directing one's attention toward or getting gratification from one's own interests, thoughts, and feelings

2 : the state or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life — compare extroversion

Other Words from introversion

introversive \-​ˈvər-​siv, -​ziv \ adjective
introversively adverb

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