I have read Cheerio’s message at http://the16types.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=260, and Cheerio described his/her E/I tendency as:
I actually (and finally) decided that I must also be an Introvert partly because of the same reason as Cheerio's.Originally Posted by Cheerio
However, I still have doubts about this E/I thing. I have only become an Introvert since a couple of years ago. Before that, for many years, as I was told by some people, mostly my family, that I was definitely an Extrovert, and I felt like one too most of the time. But I have somehow "changed" during that last 2-3 years (or more), consciously or unconsciously, that I really don't feel like socializing much, it is such an effort for me to go out and socialize with people most of the time, except with things I have to do (such as going to work).
I was at one point, during the last couple of years, reminded that, ever since I was a child, I was actually a quiet girl when at school and when with friends, the only time I was "loud/hyper" was when I was at home.
According to Jung, people may have subconsciously adjusted their natural types and adapted to a different/opposite type or function so as to "please" some "important" people such as families/parents when they are young e.g. when they are toddlers or a child. But this "natural" trait could/would come back somehow after one's deep search of our "True Self". As far as I know, this theory applies typically to E/I situation(s) (- sure, I did a lot of "soul searching" the last few years).
So now I am confused, which is my NATURAL trait? The me NOW i.e. Introvert? Or, the me BEFORE (for many years) i.e. Extrovert?
I understand that it is not possible for you and anyone here to tell if I am an Extrovert or Introvert, since you don’t know me in person, and to tell if someone is E/I, you will need to at least KNOW the person, right? So I don’t expect anyone to give me an answer about myself. In fact, I would like to discuss with people about E/I differences in general, or HOW I/we can tell which is my/anyone's NATURAL way of expression when it comes to E/I.
Hope it is ok for you guys.