[in-er-di-rek-tid, -dahy-]


guided by internalized values rather than external pressures.

Origin of inner-directed

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formsin·ner-di·rec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inner-directed

Historical Examples of inner-directed

  • Full of mumbo-jumbo about "inner-directed" and "outer-directed" personalities.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

British Dictionary definitions for inner-directed



guided by one's own conscience and values rather than external pressures to conformCompare other-directed
Derived Formsinner-direction, noun
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