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I am not shy, I am not emotionally sensitive, but the mere physical presense of another human wears me out. It is if I have some subconscious mechanism that is switched "on" by other people just being in my space. An involuntary awareness that I can't "tune out", when activated for very long exhausts me.

I'm wondering if this is common with INTP, and would be interested in thoughts about whether this is related to intuition, perception, or just random strangeness (I have lots of that).

Thanks for any thoughts.
 

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While I am fascinated with certain people, prolonged interaction drains me. In the presence of other humans, even when we are discussing an interesting subject, I feel my energy gradually decreasing as time progresses, which is frustrating for me. Perhaps this is an introvert problem but I assume our other cognitive functions interplay, e.g. the balance of cognitive preferences.

Dominant: Introverted Thinking
Auxiliary: Extraverted Intuition
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
Inferior: Extraverted Feeling

Caffeine = Liquid extroversion.
People = better than a sleeping pill
Asparagus = delicious
 

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Perhaps introversion combined with thinking and a weak fe?
 
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The same thing happens to me and I'm fairly sure that it's inferior Fe. Nobody likes being forced into their inferior function. That's why it's so uncomfortable and leaves you feeling drained.
 

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I thought introverts in general get tired quickly of being in social situations. When socializing, I have to keep an eye on my INTJ wife. I know when my time is up and she is ready to go. Maybe an I and T combination?

Introverts - socializing drains them, need alone time to recharge
Extroverts - socializing energizes them, alone time drains them
 

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Listen, I have a fairly weak Introversion and Perception score (63%) and I'm a type 3 Enneagram, and I need at least one weekend a month to spend by myself. I remember over the summer I visited one of my friends at his cabin and he brought about 16 other friends whom I hadn't met with him. We all had a great time and they all loved me, but the second day I just up and moved my tent out into the middle of the woods, and everyone thought that someone had said or done something indignant. I had like 4 women I had just met the day before at my tent wanting to know what was the matter and I just had to explain that, "while I'm a gregarious and fun loving person it just wears me out, I value my seclusion from time to time and just want to be at peace with nature," then of course they think that I just don't want to talk about whatever is bothering me and it just gets weird from there..
 

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I remember last xmas at my inlaws and my wifes two brothers and their family was there and they were all talking and laughing very loud and suddenly I just couldn't take it anymore. I went downstairs to the basement so I could just be alone and watch tv. I heard my mother inlaw say "what wrong with David" and one of my wifes brothers told his mother that she was being an "enabler". In other words she was enabling my unsociable behavior my asking why I wanted to be alone. After all these year the stupid f*c%s still still don't understand that I'm just an introvert and it's normal for me to wonder off and seek solitude. I know this is a bit personal and long winded but this thread just brought this to mind and it's nice to vent to someone that at least understands what is like.
 
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