I find that I am actually quite a bit more comfortable around girls/women that I have just met, as opposed to guys. With friends I've known a long time its definitely about equal. But, when I just meet a dude I generally am quite cautious in the sense of hiding a lot of my personality. Although they might not realize it (i am a good liar :P), the persona they are seeing is just a small part of who I am.
Maybe it's because I grew up with only sisters, or maybe it's some kind of conditioning from not getting along with a lot of macho jerks throughout my life. Maybe it's because when I show certain aspects of my personality - being comfortable being gentle or earnest, calling things cute, etc, other guys are turned off.
So, I was wondering if any of you ENFP guys have experienced anything similar? I have noticed it with a couple of other guys I know who would probably be typed as ENFPs... With a simple analogy, it might be that we are like turtles, who lead apprehensively with our hard shell in fear of how the others might react? Let me know what you guys think ~
PS-> I can't see girl ENFPs having the same problem, but... have you?