"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
I took that article to contain a bit of hyperbole for humorous effect.
Yeah, I found the article a while back, and took it to be pretty tongue-and-cheek, but the extraverts I showed it to apparently did not think so.
ETA: Also, the guy in the article is just plain wrong when it comes to the makeup of the United States in the past. The United States has always been full of risk-taking extroverts. That's why people came here in the first place! To find something better, newer, profitable, and adventurous! That is, everyone who came here who wasn't seeking to escape prosecution, which is a fair number.
-Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge
Good thread, glad it's here. The Merry Recluse is something I can identify with. The first posted article, though, phew. It's pretty biased against extraverts. Not exactly the best thing to show to your extraverted friends.
Its still my opinion that the mbti intro and extro value system has nothig to do with social extro- or introversion. But I will never be able to talk sense into this forum
agreed. Male ISFPs, ISTPs i find to be quite 'active' and thus have what appears to be a bustling social life
for females: ISFJs and INFJs seem to also fit that description.
With their endless appetite for talk and attention, extroverts also dominate social life, so they tend to set expectations. In our extrovertist society, being outgoing is considered normal and therefore desirable, a mark of happiness, confidence, leadership. Extroverts are seen as bighearted, vibrant, warm, empathic. "People person" is a compliment. Introverts are described with words like "guarded," "loner," "reserved," "taciturn," "self-contained," "private"Śnarrow, ungenerous words, words that suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality.
see this is the problem. ill be talking to someone who doesnt know MBTI, and yet in my mind have them pegged as ISTP...and for example:
ISTP: bla bla bla its all for show that he studies out where everyone can see him bla bla
me: maybe he just cant actaully sit and study alone in quiet areas like some more introverted people
ISTP: what!? no im an extrovert
he CLEARLY is an ISTP, yet because of the 'negative' terms of what introversion means to the average person, he immideitadly showed resistance to the term.
I guess it gets more black and white when you're very extrovert/introvert and trying to blend in or make friends with someone very different from you.
But there must be many who are "in the middle" like me:
52% E; 48% I
So I get along with both kinds. Extrovert friends are fun and a release for me when I tend to get too much of an over-working hermit. Introverts are great company and conversation when I'm reflecting my life. Both are great and well needed on the same planet