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 introversive (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
introversively adverb

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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 Over time, what might have been a simple case of introversion grew into an isolating mantra that defined my early life. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Traveling Sober Changed the Way I Saw the World," 10 July 2019 Marshall sings with heart and shows the comedian’s early self-doubt, introversion and anxiety., "The arts help us honor the past and envision the future: Sun Messages," 6 July 2019 Maybe one of them understands introversion better than your husband does. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Wife doesn’t want to go on big family trip," 4 Feb. 2019 Many also said that interacting with others within the framework of a game helped them overcome a tendency toward introversion. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Mensa’s Debate: Deep Thinking or Games and Drinking?," 1 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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 introversive (audio) \ adjective
introversively adverb

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