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    The elder Holmes Mycroft's Avatar
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    Default Distinguishing I from repressed E

    For the personality matrices buffs out there (and anyone else interested in speculating), something I've wondered about: how would you distinguish between an introvert and a repressed extravert?
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    Good question, I sometimes wonder if I am a respressed extravert, so I will be interested hearing how you differentiate. (I have no idea of course)
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    Would a repressed extravert need "recharge / alone / me" time?

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    Sure; even extraverts need alone time.
    Dost thou love Life? Then do not squander Time; for that's the Stuff Life is made of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    Would a repressed extravert need "recharge / alone / me" time?
    Yes.

    I have a female friend who really is an MBTI anomaly behavior-wise. If pressed (and I pretty much press myself on this score due to my belief in MBTI), I'd classify her as an ENTJ, but she behaves very, very I and needs lots of alone time. Of course she has issues. I have faith that when she has worked them out, she will be a very well-rounded ENTJ.

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    Good question. I don't have any ideas I would trust, having only Ni and Fe to go on, but here's one anyway:

    I think that a repressed extravert would feel a sense of mild depression at being alone all the time, but feel powerless to change their situation, and grow accustomed to it. A true introvert would actually work to preserve their isolation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Good question. I don't have any ideas I would trust, having only Ni and Fe to go on, but here's one anyway:

    I think that a repressed extravert would feel a sense of mild depression at being alone all the time, but feel powerless to change their situation, and grow accustomed to it. A true introvert would actually work to preserve their isolation.
    I agree, but even introverts get lonely. (Believe it or not.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Sure; even extraverts need alone time.
    I should have been more specific. Time alone during which they recharge to be able to deal with everyday life again. Is that not the main difference between the two?

    Introverts = time alone recharges batteries.
    Extraverts = time surrounded by others recharges batteries.

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    repressed E's gain momentum as they hear themselves talk, free associating while their word is out in the open


    true I's need miniature pockets of I-time when confronted with difficult questions, even if they just came from solitude.

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    I find myself going through periods of solitude sometimes, but I don't mind them - there are many questions that arise during my moments of high sociability, and introspection is needed in order to deal with them appropriately. Of course I need stimulation even during those times.

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