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    I've become more introverted as I've grown up. I was far more on the surface and shallower while younger.

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    For most of my life, I've taken turns leaping to either side of the fence. There were people who knew me as a chatterbox--these were mostly my classmates--and there were people who knew me as a wall of impenetrable silence. As I've gotten older, I've bottled myself up a lot more; I barely talk at all except to a tiny handful of people, and even then, very little.
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    I'm an extrovert, but I was a lot more introverted as a child. I just felt pretty outcast from the normal social scene while I was growing up. I didn't get along with many children, so that caused me to turtle up a bit. Now I've figured out which sorts of people I get along with, and I tweak my social surroundings accordingly. Around people that I believe won't tolerate/like my personality so well, I become a lot more introverted still, but it's not nearly as bad as when I was a child, and I know how to turn on the Fe a bit to make myself fit in and be accepted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    Always shy and introverted, but more outgoing and louder around people I knew well. I felt pretty comfortable speaking out in class, and sometimes got in trouble for talking. I can be outgoing for short periods of time, especially when I have something to contribute.
    This is what I remember from grade school/intermediate school. In 4th grade I had to sit in the corner for acting out too much. That was very humiliating. It wasn't until 7th grade that a drama teacher took me aside and spent a very important 5 minutes with me telling me that I was basically acting like an ass for me to see that I was. For me I think it was the severe isolation of not having any true friends in school, plus my parents split that made me act out so much (estp shadow). Definitely not my true nature.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightyear View Post
    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.
    This too. I finally made some good long-term friends in 7th grade, which I kept, but I didn't like being in groups, and I remembering pondering even back then about why people liked the 'popular' people who, to me, acted obviously superior. Always wondered what people got out of immature relationships at the age of 13+, wondered what I was missing. Maybe we all felt that way.


    But mostly I view introversion (and this goes back to Entropie's post on the first page) as your primary mode of either perceiving, or judging information. I prefer to turn inward to process information, so I am an introvert. I do like people a lot, but I remember mostly just liking to think in my own head, without a lot of external stimuli, even music. I don't have an ipod for this reason. When I run, when I hike, when I ponder, when I knit, I prefer the silence because my thoughts roar in my own head loud enough, and I do not want to be distracted in my thinking.

    Extraverts look outward for information, or to figure things out. Fe doms, for example, put most of their energy into dealing with people, and the issues surrounding people. They like to think in their own head too, I'm sure, but it takes a back seat, usually. Same goes for the other attitudes of functions.

    So, if I were an Fe dom at the North Pole, I'd 'manage' the people I lived with. People rarely live alone, especially at the North Pole! I'd probably be the mediator, making sure everyone got along and that we all had our roles delineated and validated neatly. If I were an introvert at the North Pole, I'd think about how thick the ice was in different places, the climate changes, animals' behavior, etc.
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    Nope. I went out and caught snakes and bugs. The girls in the neighbourhood weren't interested in doing much outside and the boys just wanted to kill things. I mostly kept to myself at school, too, and read and/or drew on my own... I did have a rare moment of boldness when I went around and told a couple of people other kids that was no Santa, though. Hehe. I think I was 6 or 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4mselfly View Post
    Nope. I went out and caught snakes and bugs. The girls in the neighbourhood weren't interested in doing much outside and the boys just wanted to kill things. I mostly kept to myself at school, too, and read and/or drew on my own... I did have a rare moment of boldness when I went around and told a couple of people other kids that was no Santa, though. Hehe. I think I was 6 or 7.
    how horrible.....a little intj bubble-burster. Isn't that kinda young to quit believing in Santa?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aphrodite-gone-awry View Post
    how horrible.....a little intj bubble-burster. Isn't that kinda young to quit believing in Santa?
    I think it came about from me asking my mother about the toy donation boxes at the mall and why we needed to donate presents if Santa could just bring them for everyone. She figured I could take the truth, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4mselfly View Post
    I think it came about from me asking my mother about the toy donation boxes at the mall and why we needed to donate presents if Santa could just bring them for everyone. She figured I could take the truth, I guess.
    she sounds intj too..... my intj son (the eldest of my kids) was relentless about finding out about how babies were made. He was only 5 at the time, so I could see that an intj could find out about santa at 6.......

    intj son: how are babies made?
    me: mommy and daddy love each other so much we make a baby

    intj son: but HOW do you make a baby?
    me: well, we snuggle and it happens

    intj son: how?
    me: when daddy and mommy snuggle it just can happen

    intj son: but how?
    me (exasperated by this time): daddy's sperm and my egg join together

    intj son: but how do they join?
    me: there is a place inside me where it just happens

    intj son (relentless!): but how does the sperm get to the egg?
    me (resigned at this point): daddy's penis goes in my vagina and the sperm meets the egg.

    silence.........

    intj son: oh.

    end of discussion. no other kids of mine has found out about the miracle of life at so young an age. gotta love intjs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aphrodite-gone-awry View Post
    she sounds intj too..... my intj son (the eldest of my kids) was relentless about finding out about how babies were made. He was only 5 at the time, so I could see that an intj could find out about santa at 6.......

    intj son: how are babies made?
    me: mommy and daddy love each other so much we make a baby

    intj son: but HOW do you make a baby?
    me: well, we snuggle and it happens

    intj son: how?
    me: when daddy and mommy snuggle it just can happen

    intj son: but how?
    me (exasperated by this time): daddy's sperm and my egg join together

    intj son: but how do they join?
    me: there is a place inside me where it just happens

    intj son (relentless!): but how does the sperm get to the egg?
    me (resigned at this point): daddy's penis goes in my vagina and the sperm meets the egg.

    silence.........

    intj son: oh.

    end of discussion. no other kids of mine has found out about the miracle of life at so young an age. gotta love intjs!
    Haha, she's definitely an F, but I think maybe she recognised my INTJ-ness even if she didn't understand it at the time. And your son sounds great, haha... I didn't ask so much as try to read about it on my own, so she just got me some books instead of trying to pussyfoot around it or wait for me to stumble upon something really inappropriate during my searching. lol.

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    I was much more outgoing as a youngster. That changed at about 12 years old drastically.
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