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So, a while ago I asked you guys what my type might be and the majority agreed on ESFP.The only issue is that I just can't believe it, especially the E part, especially in combination with rest of it.I mean ,I'm not really introverted, but not extroverted either.I think I'm too shy, isolated and disconnected from people to be an extrovert, but too attention loving and outwardly focused for an introvert.
How can I find out for sure?
 

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Can you tell whether you're drained by social interaction or energised by it? Do you feel the need to isolate yourself every once in a while following interaction? That's really what intro/extroversion is defined as.
 

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I think what you're looking for is ambivert. You don't have to be one or the other.

Read up on the personality types and see which one you relate to the most. You don't have to relate to everything in your personality type, it's quite rare, actually (from what I've read).
 

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Can you tell whether you're drained by social interaction or energised by it? Do you feel the need to isolate yourself every once in a while following interaction? That's really what intro/extroversion is defined as.
It's extremely hard for me to tell if I'm drained or energized by people because I'm not around them too much, in a social way at least.I think I get energized by going to school with them (although I hate them all) and by occasional interaction outside school, but I have no idea how I'd feel if I spent most of my days actually socialising. I also always felt irritable and moody during long weekends and holidays.My problem is that I'm very shy and insecure, but I also have an idea of how I want to be treated and what I want people to think of me so I try very hard to avoid people who don't measure up to my expectations in terms of who they are and how they see me.I like people who are just enough extroverted to encourage me to be more like them, but still aren't overpowering.I also have an issue with typing myself because I can fool myself into thinking stuff that aren't true.I used to think I was an INTJ which is probably the last thing I actually am.
 

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I have this same problem, I spend most of my time alone because of being shy/insecure/a little socially awkward, and I can't tell if when I'm around people if they are giving me energy or if its just around people that I expel my energy
 

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Personality types are like horoscope.I can relate to anything if I try hard enough.I 'change' my type all the time depending on what people said about me, how I responded to a situation, how people responded to me, etc.I also tend to act the way people expect me to act, say things people expect me to say, 'fake' a personality I'd like to have and things like that.I get lost in all that and don't know who I really am because I've haven't really been 'myself' since I was a little kid and eve then I was shy and insecure so I acted unnaturally.
 

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How do you feel when you are interacting with people?
I always feel a mixure of boredom and fear if the conversation is about them, but I feel kind of 'energized', but I don't think I would if I had to listen to them for hours.But when I'm the centre of attention I'm totally fine, even if it's negative.Only thing is that I'm scared of openly attracting attention and I sometimes shy away from it if it's positive and there's many people.I prefer un directly given negative attention (as long as it's not insulting my looks) to praise and compliments given in person or whole room laughing at my joke.Could it be an introvert thing or just being afraid of setting people's expectations too high?
 

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It's extremely hard for me to tell if I'm drained or energized by people because I'm not around them too much, in a social way at least.I think I get energized by going to school with them (although I hate them all) and by occasional interaction outside school, but I have no idea how I'd feel if I spent most of my days actually socialising. I also always felt irritable and moody during long weekends and holidays.My problem is that I'm very shy and insecure, but I also have an idea of how I want to be treated and what I want people to think of me so I try very hard to avoid people who don't measure up to my expectations in terms of who they are and how they see me.I like people who are just enough extroverted to encourage me to be more like them, but still aren't overpowering.I also have an issue with typing myself because I can fool myself into thinking stuff that aren't true.I used to think I was an INTJ which is probably the last thing I actually am.
Right, I think you'd best experiment then. Maybe sign for a camping trip if it comes along, or whatever circumstance allows. Some behavioural questions;
Do you (or would you) tend to stay near the walls of a room in a social situation?
Are you talkative and into gossip?
Do you enjoy solitary walks?
Do you (or would you) enjoy having a large circle of friends or rather interact with a select few closer friends?
Do you 'live inside your head'? Are you internally based? This is more of an S vs N question but it can relate.
 

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If you're shy, you'll have a harder time trying to figure out if you're introverted or extroverted. Shy people tend to try to avoid people they don't know well, and often that's mistaken for introversion, but the two are not the same.

Taking shyness out of the equation:

An introvert will be comfortable around people, but in smaller groups or in one on one conversations, and they will be more apt to have deep conversations about things they find important and/or personal, and they will gain energy from quiet and solitude.

An extrovert will be comfortable around many people and will talk to anyone they can, and they will be more adept at small talk, rather than long, deep conversations, and they will gain energy from being around many.

And of course, there are varying degrees of introversion and extroversion in each person. I think I'm about 40% introvert and 60% extrovert (but add in the shyness, and the average person wouldn't see that extroversion for much of the time).

I've recently come to believe that I'm a shy ENFP. I care too much what other people think of me, and that often makes me afraid to speak up around people I don't know well. However, I can keep up a conversation someone starts with me if they can keep up their end. And being around people energizes me. However, I've learned to be alone without going crazy, too. I write, and getting to know my fictional characters helps in some weird way, as if I'm interacting with real people. But I've noticed that when my hubby comes home from work, I'm a non-stop chatterbox. I could chat all night if he'd let me. :p
 

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Shyness has nothing to do with Introversion/Extroversion. This scale only denotes how you gain energy. Hence, extroverts gain it from being with people and interacting with the external world, while introverts gain it from being alone and from interacting with the internal world. There are shy extroverts and outgoing introverts. So assuming you're a shy extrovert and you mentioned people typed you as ESFP, you would gain energy in the presence of people despite your shyness. So you must determine how you feel when around people, do you feel more energized like you're going to explode? or drained as if your batteries started to run out and you begin withdrawing from the situation?
 
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Shyness has nothing to do with Introversion/Extroversion. This scale only denotes how you gain energy. Hence, extroverts gain it from being with people and interacting with the external world, while introverts gain it from being alone and from interacting with the internal world. There are shy extroverts and outgoing introverts. So assuming you're a shy extrovert and you mentioned people typed you as ESFP, you would gain energy in the presence of people despite your shyness. So you must determine how you feel when around people, do you feel more energized like you're going to explode? or drained as if your batteries started to run out and you begin withdrawing from the situation?
Exactly! You said it better than I did. :)
 

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Some behavioural questions;
Do you (or would you) tend to stay near the walls of a room in a social situation?
Are you talkative and into gossip?
Do you enjoy solitary walks?
Do you (or would you) enjoy having a large circle of friends or rather interact with a select few closer friends?
Do you 'live inside your head'? Are you internally based? This is more of an S vs N question but it can relate.
I don't know where I'd stand, really.I'd probably hide if there were louder people around.
I'm moderately talkative, but I hate listening to others. I like gossip and I love to hate and be hated.I couldn't live without people who annoy me because then I couldn't be annoyed and share it with the world.I enjoy solitary walks as long as I'm feeling good.I like walking by myself and listening to empowering music.As for friends, I'm not sure.I don't really want friends, but I want to have a rich social life.I want to be that girl who has millions of admirers and envious girls around her.I want to be able not to think about my problems ever again which a real friend can't do in my opinion.And not to mention that anyone worth befriending would be way to needy and therefore would leave me as soon as they'd get to know me.
 

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Exactly! You said it better than I did. :)
Oh I didn't see your post before, just did. Your's was more elaborate, I guess I just summed it up. You know you write pretty clearly for an ENFP. In a good portion of ENFP posts I see their thoughts flying around chaotically in the paragraph or the sentences even ;).
 

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Oh I didn't see your post before, just did. Your's was more elaborate, I guess I just summed it up. You know you write pretty clearly for an ENFP. In a good portion of ENFP posts I see their thoughts flying around chaotically in the paragraph or the sentences even ;).
Haha! Well, I guess that's because I've learned to focus. I can sometimes focus so intensely on something that I'll forget to eat and, you know, pee. :D But get me talking, and I'll jump from topic to topic. It's a wonder my hubby doesn't have whiplash or something equivalent.
 

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I'm confused about internal vs.external world thing.Does it apply to people only.Is watching sitcom marathons and eating candy internal or external?Or shopping and getting your hair/nails done? Where do those things fall? Because I swear, I'd do nothing but that for the rest of my life if I had enough money.I know it sounds stupid, but I'd literary just pamper myself, show myself off a little, maybe do some exercise or go on a trip every once in a while and then go home to "How I Met Your Mother" episodes and a box of chocolates.Or maybe I think so only because I never got an opportunity to really do that.I suppose it wouldn't kill me mentally as long as I didn't have time to think about it.I think I'm afraid of being as simple as I described it.
 

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You seem to be pretty outwardly focused and that's really the thing that sets apart Es and Is, as others have pointed out already. So, extrovert.
 

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You seem to be pretty outwardly focused and that's really the thing that sets apart Es and Is, as others have pointed out already. So, extrovert.
I have to agree. And I don't believe it has to be a people thing. Just focused externally, rather than internally. I'm not really one to think deep thoughts a lot of the time, though I'm certainly capable. I'd rather focus on light stuff and having fun and hanging out with people I care about. Meeting people's a little more tricky because I'm shy, but sometimes that's fun for me, too. :)

And yeah, if I could spend a day shopping, then showing off, I'd do it in a heartbeat! Just need to get past the fear that people will think I'm odd or strange or whatever. :D
 

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You seem to be pretty outwardly focused and that's really the thing that sets apart Es and Is, as others have pointed out already. So, extrovert.
But can't outward focus and need for attention be a sign of low self esteem?How do I know would I be that way if I grew up in a normal household with normal parents and ended up developing high and stable self esteem?Would I still be extroverted, but in a more typical way or would I be more introverted?
 

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But can't outward focus and need for attention be a sign of low self esteem?How do I know would I be that way if I grew up in a normal household with normal parents and ended up developing high and stable self esteem?Would I still be extroverted, but in a more typical way or would I be more introverted?
I think low self-esteem is a cause for shyness. It's something I've battled for most of my life.

I'd suggest you find several people you feel comfortable with, go out and have a good time with them, make small talk, interact. If it tires you out, you're most likely introverted. If it energizes you, your extroverted.

I did this this past weekend. Found I felt wired after spending time out talking and having a good time with several members of our family we only see about once a month. I decided to really interact, and I found that the experience energized me.

Just my two cents' worth. :)
 

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I think low self-esteem is a cause for shyness. It's something I've battled for most of my life.

I'd suggest you find several people you feel comfortable with, go out and have a good time with them, make small talk, interact. If it tires you out, you're most likely introverted. If it energizes you, your extroverted.

I did this this past weekend. Found I felt wired after spending time out talking and having a good time with several members of our family we only see about once a month. I decided to really interact, and I found that the experience energized me.

Just my two cents' worth. :)
I believe it's not as simple as you make it seem.If I didn't have low self esteem, not only I wouldn't be as shy, but I wouldn't need others to tell me who I am and what's my worth.I'm pretty positive that most 18 year old girls don't get on a verge of tears if some random guy doesn't check them out or feel almost suicidal when they start thinking how they are probably never gonna be world famous which are the things I regularly do.And when I go out with people to socialise I always end up attracting attention by acting disinterested and sulky because I lack better ways.It makes me feel good for a while, but then I get depressed when I realise I'm incapable of doing it any other way and I really don't know how else I could.I don't have exciting stories, no original thoughts and zero interest in their lives.Only thing I can do is be bitchy and hope they get offended enough to talk about it later.
 
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