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    I'm an introvert because being away from people gives me time to metabolize everything that I pick up from the outside world.

    I prefer reading books over watching movies because my friends always interject their viewpoints and crap during the movies. It ruins the immersion and brings me crashing back into reality.

    Extroverts! Save that stuff for after the movie, please.

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    I am introverted for reasons I'm not sure about. I haven't been all that good at socializing with people. I usually am absent minded or at least thinking about something while I'm talking to you. I can go into spurts of extroversion which is when I'm the most charismatic. People seem to like me a lot more when I am in an outgoing mood.

    Sometimes sitting alone is all I need. If I've been at school all day and my professors are lecturing too much I'll just go home and relax. I love to talk to people one on one as it's great when you can feel connected to someone. Like you're special.

    On the other hand, I can only bare to be the center of attention for about five minutes. It feels good to have everyone interested in you, but the vulnerable feeling it produces is the only side effect.

    I like to sit and think. It's what I do. I like to do solitary activities because I can do them my own way, there's no need to compete and show dominance. I can just be who I am.

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    I agree with the biological explanation. Biological in terms of physical brain chemistry and not genetics. There isn't an extroverted/introverted gene.

    Extraverts are able to deal with a lot more simultaneous stimuli than introverts. I don't think it has anything to do with process speed so much as how many things need to be going on in order to reach that speed. This reminds a bit of some of the research about ADHD that says it's possibly caused by a slower brain development and slow firing neurons so people have to look more to outside stimuli to help these speed up. This probably explains why all ADHD drugs are actually uppers.

    I think similar could be true for extroverts as well.I know I sometimes have to do much more to get the same results as an introvert. For instance,my introvert friend can just just focus on a book by sitting and being quiet. In order for me to focus I need peripheral music, peripheral visual stimulation (usually the tv on, sound turned down) and some peripheral stimulation like food or drink.

    As for why I like to be around people.Simple because it energizes me. Not that I'm a vampire or anything,but going out and talking to people - lots of people- feels more natural to me than spending extended time alone or with just 1 other person.

    PS. I try very hard to not talk during a movie but it's so hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerengetiBetty View Post
    I agree with the biological explanation. Biological in terms of physical brain chemistry and not genetics. There isn't an extroverted/introverted gene.
    You can't separate the brain from genetics. Genes are what determine which proteins our cells are made of, including brain cells. Environmental factors will influence how neurons fare once produced, and how they develop and which connections they make with each other, but genes determine what they, and brain-influencing glands are made of in the first place, and a tiny difference in a gene can have highly significant effects on the functioning of the cells it creates, and how many are created.

    Quote Originally Posted by SerengetiBetty View Post
    Extraverts are able to deal with a lot more simultaneous stimuli than introverts. I don't think it has anything to do with process speed so much as how many things need to be going on in order to reach that speed. This reminds a bit of some of the research about ADHD that says it's possibly caused by a slower brain development and slow firing neurons so people have to look more to outside stimuli to help these speed up. This probably explains why all ADHD drugs are actually uppers.

    I think similar could be true for extroverts as well.I know I sometimes have to do much more to get the same results as an introvert. For instance,my introvert friend can just just focus on a book by sitting and being quiet. In order for me to focus I need peripheral music, peripheral visual stimulation (usually the tv on, sound turned down) and some peripheral stimulation like food or drink.
    Yeah, something like that. Although for ADDers with hyperactivity (while most have both, some have one or the other, for unknown reasons), it's movement and certain kinds of sound (e.g. white noise) that have the most positive effect on the ability to focus and feel alert, not just any stimuli. These both increase levels of dopamine particular areas of the brain, and make it harder to focus if you have enough dopamine already, but easier if you don't have enough. Many other kinds of input will make it harder to concentrate; hearing people speak or seeing things move in the surroundings distracts people with ADHD very badly and causes frustration and increased fidgeting. I agree there's probably a similar principle at work, with extraverts craving different stimulation for different reasons and to different degrees.

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    I think I'm Introverted because genuinely Extraverted behavior involves responding to your better instincts quickly without thinking in order to avoid a negative outcome, and just faciliate the situation in general. My instincts tend to be wrong or strange, thus I can't afford to behave in a genuinely Extraverted fashion. I mean, I can have conversations about specific topics with people I know, answer questions, say hello and goodbye, etc... without problems.

    I don't even have a problem carrying on a conversation initiated by someone else, or talking in front of a group of people. It's the dynamics of actually being a PART of a group of people that baffle me. Basically, it's the unconscious stuff people unconsciously expect you to respond to that can't be taught that I have trouble with.

    What's draining is that I have to consciously think of correct responses in situations where most people can rely on their instincts, because mine work incorrectly. I think it might even be linked to my gender issues.

    I suppose it's also because I tend to regard myself as an outsider unless it's explicitly made clear that I'm not, and that without reassurance over time I will quickly assume I've been excluded again.

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    I think BlackCat outlined it pretty well by providing the links to studies which have been done regarding the roots of intro/extro-version. It seems to be more genetic than environmental.

    There was a thread I made a couple of months ago about the reasons introverts feel drained from socializiation - http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...alization.html - it might be useful.

    Anyway, as for me, the reasons I like being alone mostly depends a lot on what mood I'm in. Usually I'm in such a mood where I like to get work done or just relax by being alone. I don't see much need in socializing, and I'm happy doing work/chilling out alone, so I do that. There are and were periods in my life where I needed and preferred that extra stimulation, but for now, I don't need much socialization. I guess it also depends on my energy during a particular day, but usually I'm in an introverted mood. I run a mile a day, it's not so much the physical draining of energy as it is mental.

    I know that when I have extended conversations with people, mentally I'm taxed because things don't move at my own pace (as they do when I'm alone). I can soak up more mental information when I'm alone too. I know my dad (ENTJ) is the opposite - he can go on talking to people forever, doesn't seem to get tired from it, he seems to have the gift of the gab.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    I can go into spurts of extroversion which is when I'm the most charismatic. People seem to like me a lot more when I am in an outgoing mood.
    Same with me.

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    I like being alone and need to be alone because I process too much when I'm with other people. It is very draining, even exhausting. Alone I recuperate, I think, I breathe, I relax. I did this even as a child, wandering off into the woods to explore alone, going out to some distant corner to be by myself. If I'm forced to be around people too much, I panic, get depressed, get angry and moody. Not sure why it is this way, I feel some people are naturally inclined towards introversion by way of their genetics; if you observe children, even they have some tendencies towards introversion or extroversion and they have no reasons to be shy or very outgoing. We're all built differently I guess.

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    I'm introvert because I hate people! :steam:



    I'm sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation... Haven't slept.

    I like to be around the best people, they don't drain me at all, or very slowly, so I'm not sure how introvert I am. The people who suck me dry are the ones I have to keep an eye out for. It's like I have to keep track of what I do and say because I don't trust them like I trust the best people. If I think of Cat's tube theory, I think I know the best so well that I have to process less data, most of the things to know are already in my head. Also, if my behavior is more spontaneous, it also frees up some processing power.

    Too bad that the best are so hard to find. I'd like to add a few to my humble collection.

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    no idea why I am an introvert today -biologically. Growing up I was always more inward. I lived in a shitty neighborhood from age 5-9 with my mom and remember really not having very many friends around. I did a lot of 'me' activities. Highlights of those years include me listening to the radio, drawing, and playing video games by myself. I also had some horrific summer camp experiences and I think it singed a distrust of others into me. That has more to do with my shyness now but it also made me rely more on being introverted because I found out I couldn't count on others to bring me enjoyment.

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    A few reasons... I need my socialising to have meaning and most everyday chit chat doesn't and while it may be enjoyable for a time it can quickly become empty to me. I like people watching and listening to other people communicating but I listen to what is underneath the words and not just what is being said - this has made me even less interested in engaging the majority of people. I like people immensely but that is different to socialising with them and the people who I find interesting enough are in the minority.
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