I have been looking into my own past and trying to eke out the most dominant traits I had as a toddler, child, and younger teenager. I'm mostly curious as to how quickly, or rather, in what fashion, my personality developed.
I've been asking questions, mostly to Mom and Dad, and I've been pouring over articles --- seeking information on introverted children. Mostly I'm finding "useless" information, such as "there's a difference between introversion and shyness", "your kid is not diseased", etc, etc. Not really "useless", but not "helpful" either.
So I've decided to probe the brains of the willing Introverted SJs on here, hopefully with the prospect of gaining new insight. The rest of the Introverts are more than welcome to chime in, as well, but I'll only be able to relate to your Introversion.
I know I fall very far to the Introverted side on the I/E continuum, but I'm curious to see how others fare --- I know there are some people out there I view as being extroverted, but perhaps they're just less introverted than I. Do you know what I mean?
Anyway....I'll skip to the point of the thread, and start asking the questions.
- As a child, do you recall preferred activities? And if you don't recall them, do you know what you did from a parent's perspective?
(I spent a vast amount of time alone in my bedroom, playing with Legos, video games, books, action figures, and wooden weapons my grandpa custom-cut just for me. I definitely did all of the "classic introvert" things as a kid.)
- How many of the "classic introvert" descriptions did you adhere to as a kid? Those include but are not limited to, "Avoidance of strangers", "silent in public, talking at home(sometimes)", "Fewer interests, more adept in each one", etc, etc.
(I developed extremely good reading skills at a very young age. This is probably because....that's practically all I did. When in parties, or other social gatherings, I clung to Mom for all I was worth. People weren't my thing. I was very quiet in public, but I'm told I would never cease to explain the intricate details of my latest Lego invention to my Mom whilst she was en route to the bathroom.....)
- How quickly did your ISxJ-ness develop? If not quickly, in which way? What do you think of the assumption that most kids are naturally SJ-ish?
(I was pretty darn organized as a kid, had my Legos sorted by color and size, had my games neatly stacked (not in alphabetical order just yet), always made my bed, etc.)
- When you hit teenager-hood, (That's definitely not a word....) did you continue to adhere to the same general personality traits or did they change much? Another way to look at that would be: Did your childhood personality expand, or did you experiment and change, becoming something different?
(I didn't change at all. As I aged, I gained three things: Intelligence, arrogance, and a greater need for solitude. Oh, and now I started alphabetizing stuff in addition to making it neatly stacked/lined up. )
I suppose that's enough questions for one opening thread. Looking forward to feedback.