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

Examples of introversion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s so easy to fall into an unhealthy introversion and become isolated. Washington Post, "For author Jenny Lawson, life is brutal — and hilarious," 1 May 2021 These assessments have a variety of foundations, but many are Jungian focusing on introversion, extroversion, thinking and feeling. Jacque Anderson, Star Tribune, "Picking the right assessment tools for your team," 21 Mar. 2021 Psychologist Carl Jung was the first to introduce the concept of introversion versus extroversion in the 1920’s that has now become one of the most mainstream ways of categorizing personality types. Goldie Chan, Forbes, "10 Ways Introverts Can Build A Personal Brand," 11 Mar. 2021 This would fit with the legend of Emily Dickinson, the hermit, practically paralyzed by her introversion. Emily Layden, Town & Country, "How Dickinson Changes The Way We Should Read Its Namesake Poet," 27 Feb. 2021 Or simply accept their deep introversion (or serious disinterest in you). Philip Galanes, New York Times, "People Are Dying. But What About My Basketball Tournament?," 19 Mar. 2020 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 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 Venus did almost all the talking in their joint interviews, introversion be damned. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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“Introversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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

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 How to pronounce introversion (audio) \ adjective
introversively adverb

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