- 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 (def. 2).
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What does introversion mean?
Introversion is the state or quality of being an introvert—someone said to have a personality type that is shy and reserved.
Introversion is often contrasted with extroversion (the state or quality of being an extrovert) in the study, classification, and popular discussion of personality types. Introverts are said to prefer solitude and tend to focus on their own thoughts, while extroverts are the opposite—they focus on the outside world and are social and talkative. Someone who displays introversion can be described as introverted.
Example: My introversion is always whispering in my ear and telling me to leave the party early and go home and enjoy a book by myself.
Where does introversion come from?
The first records of introversion (and introvert) come from the 1600s—around the same as extrovert and extroversion. Introvert was used as a verb meaning “to turn one’s thoughts inward.” Such terms precede online personality quizzes by about 400 years—it wasn’t until the 1900s that they began to be popularly used in the context of psychology to refer to a person with a certain personality type. Introvert is formed from the prefix intro–, meaning “inwardly” or “within,” and the root vert, meaning “to turn” (as in invert).
The concept of introversion and introverts (and other personality types) was popularized by psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1900s. According to Jung, introverts are people who tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. Today, we often think of introversion as the quality of those who are reflective, reserved, sensitive, interested in abstract ideas, and who tend to thrive in familiar environments. In contrast, extroversion is displayed by those who are outgoing and who thrive in social situations. Most theories about personality types agree that a person usually has some elements of introversion and extroversion, even if one is stronger.
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How is introversion used in real life?
Introversion is often used in the context of personality tests that claim to be able to tell you what kind of personality type you are.
Sometimes I want to be social, and I go and text some friends, but suddenly introversion kicks in like "haha, no, you have socialized too much this week, brain tired", and I sit there, regretting my choices, with unread messages on my phone.
— Alex Liddell (@Liddellious) June 2, 2020
The deeper I delve into the topic of #introversion, the more suppressed anger from the past surfaces. Anger about how bad people treated me as a child/adolescent because of my quiet nature & how they made me feel like being an #introvert is a flaw. Need to heal these old wounds.
— The Introvert's Lifestyle (@innielifestyle) June 3, 2020
How to tell you've grown up:
Your favourite Ninja Turtle used to be Michelangelo because he was fun, but now it's Raphael because his brooding introversion is relatable.
— Adam Of Tall Trades 🇨🇦 (@adamof_alltrade) June 2, 2020
Try using introversion!
Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe someone who displays introversion?
How to use introversion in a sentence
For five weeks I forced myself to sit at my house table, figuring that my reluctance was a residue of my introversion.
She was also drawn to qualities in Vadim that reminded her of her father: his introversion, his moodiness, his seductive demeanor.
But her sociability and openness will make her a good partner for Will, balancing his introversion with her outgoing nature.
The word self infects them with a fixed introversion and isolation.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
For some time I have employed the concept of introversion for this condition.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
A gradual mental introversion grew upon me as physical weakness increased.Wonders of the Yellowstone|James Richardson
This habit of introversion and lack of practicality changed its forms as he grew older, but never left him.Literary Celebrities of the English Lake-District|Frederick Sessions
The introversion of spirit begins (Socrates—Luther), though Pericles is wanting in this epoch.