I've mentioned this before in other threads, but I figured I'd ask for some thoughts directly this time around...
After like...2 years of believing entirely that I must be an INTP, I've recently started to wonder if this is actually the case, and I don't know how others have decided their place on the E vs. I continuum.
Throughout school I could never find my niche, so I resorted to turning inward and valuing my alone time, as it was the only time where I could fully invest myself in my interests, as I had no one else to share them with. But when I was much younger, I was not so inward-focused. I would go up and talk to all sorts of strangers (great at taking my parents advice, huh?), and I'd always have like 80 different projects going on based off all my interests...I'd be painting a picture, making up some English notebook for my cousin and dancing around the house being way-too-hyper in front of my mom all in the same day.
I'm wondering if that turning inward throughout high school was not true introversion but rather a detour of sorts? Because now that I'm in college, I find that rather than keeping to myself, I prefer to talk to those around me and make connections with people. I initiate conversations 70% of the time. I still am very socially anxious, and certain situations do drain me - discussions with extremely opinionated people, and discussions about extremely day-to-day topics - but I get depressed faster after too many days with little social contact than I used to. Plus my Fe score is pretty high...not higher than Ne or Ti of course, but it's up there.
I've tried to use the enneagram to help me out, but as I've questioned by MBTI type, so I've begun to question my enneagram ! I thought I was a 5, but I doubt it now. Certain descriptions make me veer towards 6 and 7. Basically I know I'm in the anxiety triad. ANXIETY! But that's it.