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    Default How Does One Tell Introverts From Extraverts?

    I understand that the difference between introversion and extraversion is where a person gets his or her energy. This is why I consider myself an ENFP- one with some self-esteem problems I'm working on fixing- but an extravert nevertheless.

    I have met a good number of people I first typed as extraverts because they always seemed outgoing and energetic- at least when talking to me.. I dunno maybe I have magic. .

    However, for many when managing to bring up personality in some form in a conversation, I get the impression that many who I originally thought were extraverts are introverts because they talk about their strong need to be alone.

    One or two even seemed somewhat surprised that I thought they were extraverts (interestingly, they tested as stronger introverts than many others who I knew right away were introverted).. but it had to do with their enthusiastic attitude in our conversations. However, is that simply my part as an ENFP? I tend to get excited easily and hold a positive and optimistic attitude, does that tend to brush onto other people?

    A interesting note is that this is only for Sensing and/or Feeling types I make this mistake with. Even though INTJs and INTPs can be confident in social situations, they usually make it pretty clear that they prefer their own company over others. Also these types are the hardest to get excited..

    At first, I thought relative to me, that many of the introverts I know seemed to be a lot more assertive and confident.. but I know now that doesn't necessarily correlate with introversion/extraversion.

    How does one tell the difference between introverts and extraverts?

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    It's not as simple as energy. If it were, everyone would be an introvert 'cause everyone gets energy when they sleep.

    It's where they focus their energy.
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    My understanding of extroversion is that they draw energy from interactions... become energized by them or enjoy the stimulation. As a rather strongly introverted type, I never do. Interacting drains me of what energy I had walking into the situation. For a comparatively short time, depending on the amount of stimuli, I might seem more energetic but, as time goes on, it will be apparent I'm getting tired or unfocused. This can happen sitting in my own den listening to a loved one... and if the TV is on, the dog wants out or someone else wants attention too... something's gotta give or I'll have to depart for a break. It takes energy for me to focus on what's happening and what they're saying. Perhaps my focus is more intense than an extroverts?... I don't know never having fully been one (at one point in my life, by testing, I was closer to "E" than usual but reverted back to far "I")... In social gatherings, especially with musci playing, people talking to you, traffic going by, people coming in and out, etc... that's alot to focus on. When I hit overload, I get disoriented... in fact, I've had trouble driving home and arrive there exhausted.

    Edit: you mention "enthusiasm"... that has a bearing on my energy level also. I have to be animated for the sake of courtesy.. remembering that and acting accordingly is also tiring... I don't do that while alone. It doesn't seem to bother and extrovert and I've often wondered what they're like when alone. :-) Anyway, it appears to be more natural to them and not depleting.

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    It's hard to perceive from what other people derive their energy, assuming that's the right definition for introversion/extraversion. I get energized by talking to people.

    It could be what Nocapszy said, but I think it's difficult to judge extraversion/introversion in other people unless you know them insanely well.

    The more I think about it, the more arbitrary it begins to seem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FallsPioneer View Post
    It's hard to perceive from what other people derive their energy, assuming that's the right definition for introversion/extraversion. I get energized by talking to people.

    It could be what Nocapszy said, but I think it's difficult to judge extraversion/introversion in other people unless you know them insanely well.

    The more I think about it, the more arbitrary it begins to seem.
    Remembering some of the test questions, I'm wondering how you typed introvert then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FallsPioneer View Post
    It's hard to perceive from what other people derive their energy, assuming that's the right definition for introversion/extraversion. I get energized by talking to people.

    It could be what Nocapszy said, but I think it's difficult to judge extraversion/introversion in other people unless you know them insanely well.

    The more I think about it, the more arbitrary it begins to seem.
    You might find it more to your liking to take a raw function test instead.
    One of the reasons people have such a hard time answering this question is because very few people rely heavily only Introverted or Extravertedd functions.

    Extraverted functions are focused on external circumstance, while Introverted functions are focused on mentally internal constructs.
    This is wht Fi is about being true to your ideals while Fe is about empathy.
    This is why Si is about records of familar experiences while Se is about reacting to present events.

    I repeat that the problem in identifying Introverts and Extraverts is that people use these functions rather diversely. People can't really be such things. Only the functions can actually be E or I.
    We call people E or I based on which functions they use more often on average.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanan View Post
    Remembering some of the test questions, I'm wondering how you typed introvert then.
    Usually I retake the HumanMetrics one every so often (a little less than a month), and I might take a new MBTI test that I find to see what I get. Most of the time I get INTJ, but I've gotten ENFJ a few times, and ENTJ and INTP once. I recently found a dichotomy one.

    Which test are you talking about?

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I repeat that the problem in identifying Introverts and Extraverts is that people use these functions rather diversely. People can't really be such things. Only the functions can actually be E or I.
    We call people E or I based on which functions they use more often on average.
    I remember reading somewhere a quote that said "There are no extraverts. There are 8 functions." I found a test at cognitiveprocesses.com, I'll take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    You might find it more to your liking to take a raw function test instead.
    One of the reasons people have such a hard time answering this question is because very few people rely heavily only Introverted or Extravertedd functions.

    Extraverted functions are focused on external circumstance, while Introverted functions are focused on mentally internal constructs.
    This is wht Fi is about being true to your ideals while Fe is about empathy.
    This is why Si is about records of familar experiences while Se is about reacting to present events.

    I repeat that the problem in identifying Introverts and Extraverts is that people use these functions rather diversely. People can't really be such things. Only the functions can actually be E or I.
    We call people E or I based on which functions they use more often on average.
    Makes sense but there has to be more to it since, when watching TV, I'm externally focused and it doesn't drain me. When I'm painting, I'm visuallly externally focused and it doesn't then either. It has to do with the demands on my focus... like being interrupted while at work writing a report... a no, no... or trying to concentrate or study with someone's blaring radio or boom box going by every five minutes... that's what it feels like dealing socially.

    Edit: I just thought of this. I don't get drained if I have a single or couple guests and I'm just talking with one (the woman) in my own home... perhaps because I'm in familiar surroundings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FallsPioneer View Post
    Usually I retake the HumanMetrics one every so often (a little less than a month), and I might take a new MBTI test that I find to see what I get. Most of the time I get INTJ, but I've gotten ENFJ a few times, and ENTJ and INTP once. I recently found a dichotomy one.

    Which test are you talking about?



    I remember reading somewhere a quote that said "There are no extraverts. There are 8 functions." I found a test at cognitiveprocesses.com, I'll take it.
    The administered MB one. I can't speak for anything else, like the ones on the net, as they seem to vary so much.

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    From this discussion, I would say that some of the people I originally typed as Extraverts are actually Introverts but I am convinced that others are simply Extraverts who think they are Introverts because they recognize that there are times they need to 'recharge'.. but overall love and need people.

    Oy! This is the toughest function to work with by far and I can empathize with Keirsey's desire to work with the other three in greater depth.

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