- 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.
- intruder in the dust
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
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.