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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    It's not *quite* as pathetic as it sounds . Most of my friends have families and kids (or have moved out of town), so there just aren't many opportunities these days. And I'm definitely not one for "going out", so my social activities are pretty much limited to occasionally chatting with people at work and more special occasions.
    Oh, I hear ya x 1000. It does get harder as you get older, and many people as they grow older shift social activities with friends towards time with family/SO (which does make sense..it's just one of those things in life), which leaves those of us single folks with less opportunity to get together with our friends who have either of those.

    But..yeah. There's always activities to do, I guess, where in theory ()you can meet people and socialize.
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    I've always had a close group of friends and been slow to really befriend new people. For example, I didn't have much more than acquaintances at university until the third or fourth year of my degree. I happily chat with random people while going about my day, but I don't actively look to socialise and meet new people, more find my own space and have time to explore and understand things. It's not something I'm cornered into by lack of confidence or anything either. I like it this way.

    On the other hand, if the question is do you interact with people outside your computer much, the answer is yes. Each week, I play 3 sports, see GF quite a few times, see other friends for dinner, drinks or to hang out. I love parties when I am there, and make the most of conversations and getting to know people. Still, if there was a party every weekend or every night, I'd get over it pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Litvyak View Post
    This is not necessarily true. If typology is your hobby, and you love exchanging your thoughts with people and hear what they have to say, this site is an excellent choice, extroverted or not.

    If I love hunting, and I regularly hunt alone in the wilderness, does that mean I can't be a lot more socially active than others? Surely there is a certain correlation, but it's not an absolute truth as you have put it.
    If you love hunting as a solitary activity, and you do it often... you're probably an introvert, or at the least not an extreme extrovert.

    You can only have so much voluntary solitary activity, until it becomes clear that that is your primary energy source, and how you charge up. Rather than the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    You can only have so much voluntary solitary activity, until it becomes clear that that is your primary energy source, and how you charge up. Rather than the opposite.
    My favourite most energising activities are photographing things on my own (I love taking my time and being really careful), listening to or trying to play music on my own (I just like the experience or creating, it has no real extroverted goal), playing sport (not because it is social, but because it is something I can get absorbed in, which is tactical and pushes me to the limit physically and mentally. I don't really care either way with how was your week, etc. small talk on the bench), writing (I just find it relaxing and a way to check out from all the crap I'm bombarded with on a daily basis).

    The thing which drains me the most is probably social occasions I didn't choose to be at.

    I'm pretty sure I'm an extrovert though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noigmn View Post
    My favourite most energising activities are photographing things on my own (I love taking my time and being really careful), listening to or trying to play music on my own (I just like the experience or creating, it has no real extroverted goal), playing sport (not because it is social, but because it is something I can get absorbed in, which is tactical and pushes me to the limit physically and mentally), writing (I just find it relaxing and a way to check out from all the crap I'm bombarded with on a daily basis).

    The thing which drains me the most is probably social occasions I didn't choose to be at.

    I'm pretty sure I'm an extrovert though.
    There is the rare strong extrovert that doesn't need human interaction at all (See: Timothy Treadwell).

    But for yourself, what is your E preference on the test? You could just be a mild to moderate extrovert.

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    Depends on the test. I tested as moderate to strong introvert on 4 of the last 5 I took. I'm pretty clearly ENFP and not INFP though. I'm not positive what my preference really is. From memory, I think I'm moderate to strong E. I use Ne a lot, and Te quite a bit, but Fi is also really strong on function tests.

    I think, as you said, I might be an extrovert who can take it or leave it with human interaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    If you love hunting as a solitary activity, and you do it often... you're probably an introvert, or at the least not an extreme extrovert.

    You can only have so much voluntary solitary activity, until it becomes clear that that is your primary energy source, and how you charge up. Rather than the opposite.
    My "primary energy source" is not something I would do all day, but something I do to gather the energy for different activities, things I have to or want to do. Hobbies, like hunting.
    Plus, I find this interpretation too literal. I get your point, still - a proper distance is needed when discussing jungian theories. People aren't batteries.

    If by 'extreme extroverts' you mean psychotic people who simply can't be alone, I do agree with you.

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    Is it necessary for extraverts to be extremely social? I really don't think so!

    There are not a whole lot of people I enjoy spending my spare time with, particularly because I have so little of it generally (this week being an exception). So when I have free time, I spend it with my husband or one or two friends or simply by myself.

    At work, I have to deal with so many people on a regular basis. When I relax, I just want to relax.

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    Lux, you're probably a moderate extrovert as well though.

    If I'm wrong, there should be at least one or two strong extroverts that can respond to this thread. But it seems most all the extroverts on the forum talk about needing significant amounts of alone time away from people, more than the average extrovert, and many waver between being E/I.

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    ^Agreed. What's an introvert if an extrovert is someone who decides to spend most of their time in solitude?
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