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    Default Does introvert = more introspective?

    I've heard this and even thought this myself before. What do you think?

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    noun \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən\
    Definition of INTROSPECTION
    : a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

    Examples of INTROSPECTION

    a moment of quiet introspection
    <not a man given to introspection, he grew impatient with his wife's constant need to discuss their relationship>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I've heard this and even thought this myself before. What do you think?

    in·tro·spec·tion
    noun \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən\
    Definition of INTROSPECTION
    : a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

    Examples of INTROSPECTION

    a moment of quiet introspection
    <not a man given to introspection, he grew impatient with his wife's constant need to discuss their relationship>
    I is correlated with introspection, but so is N. in my opinion, they're roughly equally correlated. as an ENFP I feel like I'm very introspective
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    I think introverts tend to be more comfortable in introspection, but both are equally capable of doing it. it just taxes the extraverts bit more and they need to concentrate on it more, while it comes pretty much automatically for introverts
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    it just taxes the extraverts bit more and they need to concentrate on it more, while it comes pretty much automatically for introverts
    A bit more, compared to what?

    How can anyone ever know someone else's introspection when by definition it is internal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I've heard this and even thought this myself before. What do you think?

    in·tro·spec·tion
    noun \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən\
    Definition of INTROSPECTION
    : a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

    Examples of INTROSPECTION

    a moment of quiet introspection
    <not a man given to introspection, he grew impatient with his wife's constant need to discuss their relationship>
    That's layman's terms. Introversion isn't layman's terms in Jungian terms. It is more special than that.

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    yeah sure, I mean I thought that was the point. But um...is it not?

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    I would say "not necessarily". Regardless of type, some people just want in live more in the moment and not have to deal with deep analysis of their problems/dark things/things in general. They don't have an analytical bent. I would say I's are less to prone to that but there are plenty of introspective E's (they seem less likely to share it w/ others though). One of the most introspective people I have ever met was an ENTJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    That's layman's terms. Introversion isn't layman's terms in Jungian terms. It is more special than that.

    +1 Even with the definition listed in the op, there are still different ways to understand ‘introspection’. Someone can introspect in the sense that their thinking is turned inward, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s careful reflection. Introverts can glide on automatic thoughts as much as extraverts can. It’s the quality of the reflection that counts, how much responsibility a person is attaching to themselves for its consequences- not so much the quantity of it.

    I think the word 'introspection' has a positive association though, implying careful reflection- and when I take that into account, I want to say 'no' to whether or not introverts are necessarily more introspective. I don't think, irl, my experience of people has been that introverts are necessarily more self-aware than extraverts are.
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    I've met a lot of introverts who lacked self awareness. Just because someone thinks about things quietly doesn't mean that their thoughts are more profound.

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    Yeah I wasn't at all implying that "more introspective" automatically meant that it was quality introspection but if we're going to give that caveat, do we also give the caveat that extroverts don't necessarily have more or better awareness about others?

    I also wonder in regards to the OP, how introverted SJs fit into that, since typology often says that all SJs usually just follow along with what has already been established by someone else, sort of like drones.

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