I think the reason I've never been so interested in social stuff is that I haven't been able to cover the role I was supposed to. After all one feels comfortable in a social setting when they are allowed to be themselves AND when people can see who this "self" really is.
Having amassed a staggering amount of knowledge like most INTPs my age (now a decrepit 33), I slowly started to have a following. Friends would repeat my ideas, and unknown people would contact me saying they've heard about my great thoughts from some common friend. I was completely uninterested in this at the time but slowly I grew into this role.
Eventually I started feeling that it's very fulfilling for me to cover these roles:
- thought leader
- moral authority
So I suspect now that the reason I didn't engage so much with other people was that I wasn't given a chance to cover this preferred social role.
To tell you the truth, I *love* to talk to people about good and evil, what's important on a cosmic scale and so forth. I love to talk about how society malfunctions and why. When I do do, I'm not just expounding my knowledge as any INTP would explain quantum computers or some other system. This is actually passionate social fervor in me. I can talk to a crowd without feeling insecure as long as the strength of the ideas is backing me. I am just like a loudspeaker for truth and good.
Can anyone relate?