- 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.
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.
Yet was he far from being a recluse, or from being disposed to an excess of introversion.Lectures on Art|Washington Allston
The introversion of spirit begins (Socrates—Luther), though Pericles is wanting in this epoch.
And the fatal round of introversion and "complex" starts once more.Fantasia of the Unconscious|D. H. Lawrence
The introversion type only knows the thought principle, and the extroversion type only that of feeling.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
And as those in the know have told me, Introversion is the end as far as those outside are concerned.The Big Time|Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for introversion
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.