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    Default ESTP's running out of energy?

    ESTP's are high energy people.

    I may or may not be an ESTP as I have trouble deciding, but I'll tell you this:

    I have a ton of energy. Usually I feel awesome, I listen to epic loud music, and I drive fast (in my wrangler). Thing is, for a while now I've felt I was an introvert. I'm so high energy that I feel like I tend to run out of energy after a while. It almost feels like an energy drink crash. I'll be at my friends house surrounded by friends, and I'll be the center of attention, but after a while I just lose it and start to peter out and I won't have any energy to talk to people anymore so I'll go play video games for the rest of the night. I'll want to hang out with them, but I lose energy so fast it makes me feel introverted even though I want to still hang out with them. I still can't seem to figure out if its because I need food, or if I'm an introvert. Ideas?

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    Yes, you are an introvert.

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    ESTPs running out of energy? Balderdash.

    ... all kidding aside, yes, ESTPs run out of energy (every once in a while). But what you describe sounds pretty introverted. ESTPs usually absorb energy from social interaction, while it can be draining for introverts.
    I have an inner monologue that sounds strikingly similar to something off Animal Planet.

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    The human psyche is a very complex construct. Men too easily assumes that he would be in control of himself at any given time. Our inventions called "extrovert" or "introvert" are so superficially and vaguely, barely scratching the complex mechanisms which form a personality or give you your current mood.

    I have been down for a year and it was just due to a change in my life situation which demanded more social activity from me that I started to feel better. I always had the impression that I felt good but now looking back I knew I never felt that good back then and basically was rotting in my basement. Then again too much social interaction can be draining as well. Especially when you have some expectations towards people, which they do not fulfill. Expectations like being a good partner for enlighting discussion and not an emergency brake who screams stop when you just go 50...

    EXTPs have one thing and that is Ti. Which means that the function with which we take time to think about ourselves and about our lives and where we want to go actually is introverted. So when we do that its not uncommon that we want time alone and will shut people out. I had an intense phase of that when I went to university; sadly that ruined a lot of hot parties for me, but the things I have learnt about myself thru introspection and the intrinsic absorption of new information made me grow up.

    I know that doesnt help you with your problem, I just wanted you to look beyond your own backyard and figure that life is way more complex as if introversion or extroversion could be ever pinpointed down that easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Arendee View Post
    ESTP's are high energy people.

    I may or may not be an ESTP as I have trouble deciding, but I'll tell you this:

    I have a ton of energy. Usually I feel awesome, I listen to epic loud music, and I drive fast (in my wrangler). Thing is, for a while now I've felt I was an introvert. I'm so high energy that I feel like I tend to run out of energy after a while. It almost feels like an energy drink crash. I'll be at my friends house surrounded by friends, and I'll be the center of attention, but after a while I just lose it and start to peter out and I won't have any energy to talk to people anymore so I'll go play video games for the rest of the night. I'll want to hang out with them, but I lose energy so fast it makes me feel introverted even though I want to still hang out with them. I still can't seem to figure out if its because I need food, or if I'm an introvert. Ideas?
    I notice when I'm around a group of people it's usually the opposite, I'll stay on the down low first and observe my surroundings. Then if I feel comfortable I'll engage in conversation and become social. I usually have to get a feel of what's around me before I become social with people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jixmixfix View Post
    I notice when I'm around a group of people it's usually the opposite, I'll stay on the down low first and observe my surroundings. Then if I feel comfortable I'll engage in conversation and become social. I usually have to get a feel of what's around me before I become social with people.
    I am glad you said this, cause its exactly the same for me and it made me think if I am an introvert for a while.

    Disregardless of public opinion, I am having for quite some time the theory that estps aint THE epitome of the life of a party and social extroversion. Cause I think that p types can lack initiative in situations when they dislike the social dynamic or the people and if you want the title 'life of the party' I think you have to show that initiative in any given situation. I'ld rather give that title to a J-type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephMC View Post
    ESTPs running out of energy? Balderdash.

    ... all kidding aside, yes, ESTPs run out of energy (every once in a while). But what you describe sounds pretty introverted. ESTPs usually absorb energy from social interaction, while it can be draining for introverts.
    The reason I bring food up and question whether its people or not, is because a year ago I went on an expedition. We'd hike for 8 hours and I'd get exhausted and just trudge along like a zombie (everyone did). Then I would eat a meal and suddenly start to leap around, smile and joke again. Whether or not people were there, I'd go off prancing in the snow by myself somewhere and completely exhaust myself at the high altitude then in about 20 minutes I'd be a zombie again after expending all the energy. So I had to actually learn to control my energy. I'd tell people, "naw I'm not going to go do that, I need to save my energy for the trip." I have an extremely high metabolism and i'm constantly eating everything. Trail mix, ice cream, doritoes, sandwiches etc. If I don't eat carbs I run out of energy and get tired. My jokes get un-funny, I lose my enthusiasm and I start to dampen everyone's enthusiasm.

    So at first I used to think, "oh I get tired when I'm near people" but the same exact same thing happens when I don't eat, and when I'm with friends I'm typically not eating. So this is why its difficult for me to understand my introversion or extroversion.

    I start getting hyperactive when I learn new things and reach new epiphanies in myers briggs, or make "progress" in my life. When I accomplish a goal I get hyperactive and want to accomplish more goals NOW!

    However I identify a lot with the socionics SLE (ESTp), which, from what I gather, tend to look a lot more cold and cutting than myers briggs ESTP's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post

    EXTPs have one thing and that is Ti. Which means that the function with which we take time to think about ourselves and about our lives and where we want to go actually is introverted. So when we do that its not uncommon that we want time alone and will shut people out. I had an intense phase of that when I went to university; sadly that ruined a lot of hot parties for me, but the things I have learnt about myself thru introspection and the intrinsic absorption of new information made me grow up.

    I know that doesnt help you with your problem, I just wanted you to look beyond your own backyard and figure that life is way more complex as if introversion or extroversion could be ever pinpointed down that easily.

    On another forum, an ESTP doctor was talking about himself and his ISTP brother, who is also a doctor. The ESTP said he has to literally go off and shut out the world to think about things, by himself. He's not an introvert. But his thinking is.

    And even if I hadn't seen his post, I would have agreed with you about Ti.

    Focusing only on Extroversion and Introversion, my test results are usually right in the middle. In our family, my extroverted mother called me introverted, and my introverted father called me extroverted. It's all relative and in the end, a matter of degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    On another forum, an ESTP doctor was talking about himself and his ISTP brother, who is also a doctor. The ESTP said he has to literally go off and shut out the world to think about things, by himself. He's not an introvert. But his thinking is.

    And even if I hadn't seen his post, I would have agreed with you about Ti.

    Focusing only on Extroversion and Introversion, my test results are usually right in the middle. In our family, my extroverted mother called me introverted, and my introverted father called me extroverted. It's all relative and in the end, a matter of degree.
    ^^ Glad you agree and I agree as well. If I was to ask around in my circle of friends, they'ld prolly all call me introvert. When I asked people around here, I barely was called an introvert.
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    Interesting. During my 5 years at a service academy there were times when my mind would get so cluttered full of things to think about that I actually started to have audible hallucinations, almost like my brain was overheating. I would actually force myself to go to the common living room when it was completely empty, and I would talk out loud to myself quietly in order to sort out my thoughts. Thing is this was never something I wanted to do, but it was important for my health and well being. I can't think to myself unless everyone is gone. or unless there is some loud white noise blocking everything out.

    Well, before MBTI came along I always dubbed myself as an "Ambivert." But it would be nice if I fit into a category, because I'd at least know how to meet people who were just like me, which is pretty rare. The only friends I have who "stick around" are a plethora of INFJ's, one ISTJ and one ISTP. The rest are all acquaintences, and I have many, many acquaintances.

    If I wanted to I could stay indoors by myself for about a week and talk to no one, but I usually get really bored of that and have to at least skype or call someone on the phone eventually.

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