the act of introverting or the state of being introverted; a turning inward: intestinal introversion that will require surgery.
the tendency or quality of being introverted: intellectual introversion characterizing the post-Reformation period.
a disposition that is taxed by social engagement and energized by calm environments, resulting in the tendency to prefer quiet solitude.
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).
- in·tro·ver·sive [in-truh-vur-siv], /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr sɪv/, in·tro·ver·tive [in-truh-vur-tiv], /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr tɪv/, adjective
- non·in·tro·ver·sive, adjective
- non·in·tro·ver·sive·ly, adverb
- non·in·tro·ver·sive·ness, noun
- un·in·tro·ver·sive, adjective
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for introversion
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
- Compare extroversion
- introversive or introvertive, adjective
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