- the act of introverting or the state of being introverted.
- the quality, tendency, or disposition of being introverted.
- the act of directing one's interest inward or to things within the self.
- the state of being concerned primarily with one's own thoughts and feelings rather than with the external environment.Compare extroversion.
Origin of introversion
Examples from the Web for introversion
For five weeks I forced myself to sit at my house table, figuring that my reluctance was a residue of my introversion.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
She was also drawn to qualities in Vadim that reminded her of her father: his introversion, his moodiness, his seductive demeanor.Jane Fonda’s New Biography: 14 Juicy Bits
August 23, 2011
But her sociability and openness will make her a good partner for Will, balancing his introversion with her outgoing nature.What Will and Kate's Handwriting Reveals
The Daily Beast
April 28, 2011
And the fatal round of introversion and "complex" starts once more.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
For some time I have employed the concept of introversion for this condition.
Yet was he far from being a recluse, or from being disposed to an excess of introversion.Lectures on Art
And as those in the know have told me, Introversion is the end as far as those outside are concerned.
Introversion must be the same as scuttling, its main purpose to withhold secrets and materiel from the enemy.
- psychol the directing of interest inwards towards one's own thoughts and feelings rather than towards the external world or making social contacts
- pathol the turning inside out of a hollow organ or part
Word Origin and History for introversion
1650s, of thought or contemplation, from Modern Latin introversionem, noun of action from past participle stem of *introvertere (see introvert). Meaning "tendency to withdraw from the world" is from 1912.
- The act or process of introverting or the condition of being introverted.
- The direction of or tendency to direct one's thoughts and feelings toward oneself.