I was very introverted as a child. I was described as calm, shy and easy to deal with by my mother. I would hate meeting new people and would be very upset if I was left with any sort of stranger to me.
01-14-2010, 06:40 AM #21
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01-14-2010, 07:10 AM #23
I've always been an introvert. My mom said I was always always always off by myself reading books when I was little, even before I could read properly. I was always in my own little world.
However, I guess I was still "outgoing" for a short time. Up until the 3rd grade, I was loud and obnoxious. I'm not really sure what changed that...I think I was too young to remember. I just know that I got in trouble for talking too much in the 2nd grade and immediately went to being (mildly) picked on in the 3rd grade for being so quiet.
01-14-2010, 07:54 AM #24
I was always shy and self-conscious even when I was very young. I still liked people, but I wasn't sure they would like me. I also just liked wandering off into my own little world. I probably fantasized more than I ever interacted.Type: INFP Enneagram: 4
01-14-2010, 07:59 AM #25
I think I was far more outgoing as a child, but there was still enough indications for being more introverted I think. Later it became less and less.
01-14-2010, 09:33 AM #26
When I was four, I remember crawling behind the dryer in the backroom and hiding because visitors showed up. As I got older, it wasn't atypical for me to avoid social situations due to the crushing social anxiety, or try to attend the event and then change my mind right before I got there.
Still an introvert, but I can handle myself in a room just fine and even look very sociable sometimes depending on who is there... regardless of how I might be feeling inside.
The issue: Generally I like people, but they do drain me... and until I know the parameters (limitations, expectations, various forms of appropriate interaction), I always feel like I'm stepping on toes. It wasn't instinctive for me. Getting more life experience gave me the social training I needed to feel more comfortable over time."Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
â€śPleasure to me is wonderâ€”the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.â€ť ~ H.P. Lovecraft
01-14-2010, 09:54 AM #27
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I was much shyer as a child. The thought of having the courage to go and talk to other kids was very distant for me. Now I can go and talk to people my age.
01-14-2010, 09:56 AM #28
Nope. I enjoyed my own company and don't recall having any true childhood friends. I think now I am more outgoing since I have been around people so much in the last few years and actually like people very much, I just need to cut myself off from them after too much interaction. I am also much better in smaller groups than in a big crowd, I feel extremely self-conscious talking and being the centre of attention in a big crowd.
01-14-2010, 11:43 AM #29
When I was a child, I was a bit in the middle in terms of introversion and extroversion. Some situations I was more outgoing in, but there would be moments where I'd be shy around some people. Now I've gotten a bit more introverted.
01-14-2010, 11:56 AM #30
No, I have never been outgoing. As a young child (say, age 4-8), I was probably more outspoken, but I never preferred to be the center of focused attention83% I 70% N 64% T 73% P | 5w4 sp/so/sx | Chaotic Good
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