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    I go through phases, or as I refer to them, 'swings'. I'll NEED to be around and with people sometimes.. an extroverted swing, where I get cabin fever easily from my daily routine.

    And I go through introverted swings as well, where I don't really want to be around anyone, and I'd be perfectly content in my own little world on my own.

    The introverted ones tend to last longer, but the extroverted swings are a bit more intense. I don't really control when they come up, and they don't happen on any regular basis that I can notice myself.

    Anything between that is normal. If I have people to be around, I'm content, and when I don't, I'm content as well.
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    I dont know, I'm not sure that introversion or extroversion is reduceable to being social, unsocial, anti-social, I'm inclined to think that they dont correspond so much to social attunement or the lack of it, in either inclination or aptitude, so much as other things like explanatory style, inner dialogue or depths.

    I could be wrong about this and I know its my personal interpretation versus the popular one but this is just what I get from reading Jung and, lately, a lot of spiritual authors who where certainly not extroverts, some of them where trappist monks or hermits, and I know that I dont have the same inspiration, insight, thinking processes or eureka moments as often.

    There's also the degree to which people find others draining and I actually suspect that there would be more congruence between introverts and extroverts on this score if it where framed in a particular way. I think either type would find it an ordeal dealing with hostile or simply demanding others, people who instantly invite you to co-regulate their emotional state are like that, whether they are being a nuisance or withdrawn or aggressive, and I dont think there's that much variance between how it feels to an introvert or an extrovert.

    Some years ago I talked to someone about the apparent over representation of introverts among social workers, therapist and other helping professionals, as it turned out we reached a conclusion that most of the people who where talking about displayed enough behaviour and motivation which you would not consider introverted when they had had sufficient annual leave, down time away from the populations they served.

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    If I'm with my little brother and cousin, who are my friends I guess, I can be quite extraverted...in that I'll constantly be making bad jokes and saying whatever comes into my mind...in public even...aaaand laughing, a LOT. And they won't get most of my jokes and I might get hysterical and laugh about any stupid thing and they'll think I'm nuts...Um that's pretty much it. A shame the only thing I can talk to them about is computer games :< But if I'm hysterical...I might go beyond that and say something related to a tv show or something, and then they'll be really uncomfortable because I crossed the line...and I'll feel awkward but laugh anyway. Oh and I'll be making the most stupid puns constantly, because puns aren't really funny, but they can be funny because they're so unfunny, y'know?
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    I exhibit more extraverted behavior when I have to give a presentation/seminar, or am in a teaching situation. I do not mind being in front of a large group when I know what I am talking about. I tend to do well in these cases and actually enjoy aspects of it, but it is quite draining. Even interacting with smaller groups or individuals can be draining if there is too much of it, with "too much" being > 25% of my worktime.

    I will also act more extraverted, but in a relaxed and less scripted/prepared manner, with small groups of close friends or colleagues. In these situations, I feel comfortable enough to open up more. The people are familiar, we share alot in common, we enjoy each other's company and discussion. This doesn't happen that often, though, which (fortunately) leaves me wishing for more of it, rather than tired from too much.

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    I'm more extraverted with:
    alchohol!
    non-intimidating people
    in situations where I can help others/work together

    Introverted:
    at home derp!!! kinda... I'm always chatting to family/the internet, there's always people around.
    when self esteem drops below the empty mark

    I can deal with being in front of a crowd, it's just something you have to get used to. Being in large groups is clearly an intrinsic thing? Shouldn't it be second nature or something? I guess there are lone wolves in nature... hmmm
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    I become more introverted when I'm like in the process of re-evaluation goals and plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    2. When Im feeling moody. I dont want to be a burden and be all depressing around people, ya know.
    Yeah, this one for starters. If I get really annoyed, I tend to sorta look for people to rant to, just to get it off my chest, which is pretty extraverted I suppose, but if I'm sad or down, I just want to be alone.

    Also, if I have a lot of things to do, I prefer to get on with them on my own.

    Also pretty much every day I grasp a good three to four hours' solitude, and I think I'd go crazy without it. When my buddy and me go camping and I'm with him all the livelong day 'til I zip up my tent, I find I can't get to sleep until I've sat up with my book for a good couple of hours first, and that's nothing against him, I just need my space and time alone.

    I also don't really like watching movies with other people, unless it's at the cinema, which I rarely go to. I mean at home on the TV or something, I prefer to watch alone.

    When someone's talking crap and I figure they're either too stupid, bigoted, stubborn or jerkish to either listen, understand or care if I were to correct them, then I just listen in silence. Which is why, if I'm arguing with you and vocally disagreeing, you should take it as a compliment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I dont know, I'm not sure that introversion or extroversion is reduceable to being social, unsocial, anti-social,
    Agreed, but I get sick of pointing that out on these forums, so I thought this time I'd just go with the flow

    some of them where trappist monks or hermits,
    I've spent a lot of time in monasteries, and you'd be surprised how many extraverts are to be found there... I was pretty much a hermit myself, also, for about 18 months...

    people who instantly invite you to co-regulate their emotional state
    What a fantastic way of putting it! Yes, I hate when people do that, I find that extremely draining. Like I can't just be myself, because I have to intensely (more than usual, more than I consider reasonable) monitor my own behaviour to avoid "setting them off" or another "misunderstanding"...

    Some years ago I talked to someone about the apparent over representation of introverts among social workers, therapist and other helping professionals, as it turned out we reached a conclusion that most of the people who where talking about displayed enough behaviour and motivation which you would not consider introverted when they had had sufficient annual leave, down time away from the populations they served.
    Yes, that's my industry and after a shift I can definitely say that I need time alone. In fact, if I got two days off in a row, I'd want to spend them entirely alone.
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    i'm an introvert... and though i can be quite sociable and chatty, i prefer one on one interactions. i'm incredibly talkative, even with someone new, if it's one on one. with large groups of people i'm quite shy. and i hate more than anything having the spotlight on me when in front of more than, say... two people. once a group reaches four, i reach for the sidelines. i have no problem being there, so long as i'm not forced to entertain, (i do enjoy observing and also being entertained.) unless i'm in a group of people that i'm REALLY comfortable with and know well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I go through phases, or as I refer to them, 'swings'. I'll NEED to be around and with people sometimes.. an extroverted swing, where I get cabin fever easily from my daily routine.

    And I go through introverted swings as well, where I don't really want to be around anyone, and I'd be perfectly content in my own little world on my own.

    The introverted ones tend to last longer, but the extroverted swings are a bit more intense. I don't really control when they come up, and they don't happen on any regular basis that I can notice myself.

    Anything between that is normal. If I have people to be around, I'm content, and when I don't, I'm content as well.
    Sounds similar except I can predict one of my extroverted swings will come about when the sun comes back out again.

    If the sun is shining I will seek out interaction, weekend long parties, going to stay at a friends house for a few weeks, or vice versa. The sun makes me like the people who are out, all smiling and cheerful because the sun is feeding them like it's feeding me.

    I swear the sun = festival/carnival atmosphere in my head. If the sun is out there is usually a party to be had.

    I have extroverted phases during the winter, but they are usually few and far between, and almost non existant between Jan - spring, as thats usually the worst time for me, I just don't want to socialise at all. I won't even answer the phone, and usually I am either on the phone, or online.
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