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    Senior Member Enyo's Avatar
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    Default Introversion with age?

    Years ago, when I first took the test, I came out ENTJ. Then it started wavering back and forth between ENTJ and INTJ, to the point that one test came out xNTJ because it was an even split. But I'm finding that, as I get older, the I is getting stronger, and I'm having less of a knack for making friends.

    My husband (also an introvert) believes that it's because I've just lost interest.

    What do you guys think? Do you find yourself getting more introverted as you age (for those that are introverted anyway)?
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    Keep in mind that
    and I'm having less of a knack for making friends.
    does not mean introversion.

    However, I would say that if an extravert gets bored with and has negative feelings towards socializing that person would think that he or she was more introverted and vice versa for introverts.
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    I see the definition of extroversion and introversion as being where you get and use your (social) energy; if it come from from other people or yourself. Extroverts need to be around people to be energized at times. Introverts do not and actually get drained by sharing so much energy when in a group.

    As of this weekend, I was at a dinner party and MBTI came up, and 5 women thought I was extroverted just because I smiled, was outgoing, and seemed to be socially acceptable/popular. I just looked at them and laughed, telling them basically what I just said above, backed up with some examples of my behavior they have seen. Hopefully their minds are opened now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo View Post
    Keep in mind that does not mean introversion.

    However, I would say that if an extravert gets bored with and has negative feelings towards socializing that person would think that he or she was more introverted and vice versa for introverts.
    I think what I mean to say is I have less interest in being around people and need my alone time more and more. I'm finding social interactions more difficult, less meaningful. People exhaust me because they don't make much sense.
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    I used to hang out with people every single day. Now it's more like once a month. Yeah, the amount that I value socialization has lowered significantly. Most people are just a distraction and a waste of time. (That's a personal statement, no offense to them.)
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    I've grown more E in the last 10 years.
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    I truly enjoy people and I know that I'm still an extrovert but as I've gotten older I find I can handle being around large groups of people (even small groups) less and less. I have to constantly leave the room and recharge even if it's just sitting alone for a few minutes. The amount of input from people makes me dizzy sometimes. Perhaps my Se is going crazy and my Ni is working it all out and not really having the time or energy to spit it all back out at someone (Fe) makes me just not want to be around. I think alot of people move towards midline when it comes to E/I as they get older but I don't think you switch from being I to E or vice versa.
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    That's interesting because I find myself getting more extraverted as I get older...Uh, is that weird or what?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    That's interesting because I find myself getting more extraverted as I get older...Uh, is that weird or what?!

    Nope not weird at all that's why I said alot of people not all or most. I think that depending on life happenings you can do just as you are describing and become more of what you already are...or less. However when you aren't strong on either you tend to move towards the middle
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maabus1999 View Post
    I see the definition of extroversion and introversion as being where you get and use your (social) energy; if it come from from other people or yourself. Extroverts need to be around people to be energized at times. Introverts do not and actually get drained by sharing so much energy when in a group.

    As of this weekend, I was at a dinner party and MBTI came up, and 5 women thought I was extroverted just because I smiled, was outgoing, and seemed to be socially acceptable/popular. I just looked at them and laughed, telling them basically what I just said above, backed up with some examples of my behavior they have seen. Hopefully their minds are opened now.
    Oooo cool! A well socialised INTJ!! Shame that you live in the US!

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