[ ĭntrə-vûr′tĭd ]
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Marked by interest in or preoccupation with oneself or one's own thoughts as opposed to others or the environment.
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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What does introverted mean?

Introverted means having a personality type that is shy and reserved.

Such a person can be called an introvert.

The terms introvert and extrovert are used in the study, classification, and popular discussion of personality types. Introverted people are said to prefer solitude and tend to focus on their own thoughts, while extroverted people are the opposite—they focus on the outside world and are social and talkative. Introverted people are said to exhibit introversion.

Example: Paula’s so introverted that there’s no doubt she’ll leave the party early to go home and finish the novel she’s reading.

Where does introverted come from?

The word introverted precedes online personality quizzes by a few hundred years. The first records of the word introvert come from the 1600s, when it was used as a verb meaning “to turn one’s thoughts inward.” It wasn’t until the 1900s that introvert and introverted began to be popularly used in the context of psychology and personality types. Introverted 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, introverted people tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. Today, we often think of introverts as reflective, reserved, interested in abstract ideas, sensitive, and tending to thrive in familiar environments. In contrast, extroverts are thought to be outgoing and to thrive in social situations. Most theories about personality types agree that a person usually has some elements of introversion and some elements of extroversion. However, many of these theories state that one of those tends to be stronger.

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How is introverted used in real life?

Introverted is often used in the context of personality tests that claim to be able to tell you what kind of personality type you are. People often label themselves as either introverted or extroverted, but a lot of research indicates that many people are a mixture of both.



Try using introverted!

Which of the following words would probably NOT be used to describe people who consider themselves introverted?

A. outgoing
B. reflective
C. solitary
D. shy

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