introvert and extrovert

Basic personality types, according to the theories of Carl Gustav Jung.

The introvert, who directs thoughts and feelings inward, is often shy, contemplative, and reserved. The extrovert, who directs attention toward other people and the outside world, is usually outgoing, responsive, and aggressive. This typology is now regarded as simplistic because almost no one can be described as wholly introverted or extroverted.

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  • extrovert — noun (C) someone who is active and confident, and who enjoys spending time with other people: Gini was an extrovert and loved to perform to a crowd. extrovert adjective opposite introvert …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • introvert — noun a shy, reticent person. ↘Psychology a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. Compare with extrovert. adjective of, denoting, or typical of an introvert. Derivatives introversion… …   English new terms dictionary

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