Introverted extrovert= whatever type I am. Extroverted introvert= whatever type those other people are who talk a whole bunch but need some quiet time afterwards
I prefer the term ambivert for me, and all it means is that I'm a confusing and indecisive person
But really... imagine that you are much more quiet and antisocial than the extraverted side of your type, and much more excitement-seeking and desiring of attention than the introverted side of your type... it's kind of tempting to just say that you're in the middle.
Then you get to the question of "just where do you get your energy?" "Ummm, externally, I think. But the external world sometimes annoys me. And where does Internet interaction fall into this?"
Then you start getting into functions. "If your ego orientation is extroverted, then you are an extrovert by type." "But then extraverted intuition can seem more introverted because it's directed toward the outer world but conceptually." "But then ENxPs are so often defined by being very excitable and talkative... there's gotta be more than this."
It's a big, big mess. And we're all on a spectrum. An introverted extravert would be in the middle of the spectrum and define oneself overall as a extravert by type but with a lot of stereotypical introverted tendencies. This is most common for ENxPs. An extraverted introvert would be the in the same middle but define oneself overall as an introvert by type but with a lot of stereotypically extraverted tendencies. I think I've seen this identification sometimes with ISFx's.
But this isn't a final verdict or anything, just a couple things I've picked up
Yes, the strength of the I/E preference varies from person to person, and any type can be slight to extreme in their preference. However, when you look at surface behaviours or traits (acting sociable, or wanting to be amidst activity, or being introspective), that's where you get the "introverted extroverts" or "extroverted introverts" stuff. For example, an ISFJ would likely behave more sociably than an INTP who is just as introverted. Or, an ENFP might be more into self-examination than an ESTJ who is just as extraverted.
So if you look at cognitive functions (do they strongly prefer introverted or extraverted ones, or do they use both almost equally?) that preference is not type related. But if you look at common ideas of introverts and extraverts and try to type based on those, it does seem some types are far more likely to be confused than others. ENxPs often identify with some introverted traits and wonder if they are introverts, for example, even if their self-descriptions sound very extraverted to me.
Hm, well I think it depends on which definition of 'introvert/extrovert' you use, the cognitive function definition or the common street usage.
By common street usage, I think ENTJ and ENFP can seem introverted. ENTJ in a quiet but present way. ENFP in a flighty "for someone who likes people, you sure do stay at home a lot" way. I knw I can be ninja-ish for an extrovert but I know I'm an extrovert and not an introvert because I start getting really really loopy and feel a visceral need to socialize when I'm cooped up too long. I need lots of social and 'big world' interaction to keep all my levels up and feel 'even'. I need that interaction/outside world to activate myself.
I think for extroverted introverts, hmmm...that's harder to say.
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.” ― Oscar Wilde
I'm both I/E. I spend most of my time introverted and alone or in my head and I could easily spend my life this way. On the other hand I have no problem socializing and have great communication skills. I never feel the need to be extroverted but I do enjoy it when I am.
I enjoy being center of attention but I need plenty of alone time. being extroverted is fun for a hobby or as a brief escape from the norm but nothing more then that. My extrovert side is not an act or a show. It's 100 percent me just turned outward. I enter a social situation and like a switch I just start interacting then when I leave I switch back.