Ever since I started taking the MBTI tests over a year algo, I've gotten almost a 100% in introversion versus extroversion. For as long as I can remember, I've needed insane amounts of alone time. I enjoy the social interaction (in fact, I need it) when it's meaningful to me in some sort of way, but generally speaking, I can survive for long periods of times with almost no socializing at all, and without feeling depressed (as long as I still feel I have someone I can count on, of course). Crowds and noise annoy me to no end, I can't stand them. I can't stand being in groups of people either. One-on-one conversations are my thing; even hanging with a group of 3 other people is already "too many people" for me.
Suffice to say, this has made difficult for me getting the small doses of socializing that I do require. After all, I still like to think I am a healthy human being, and as such, I need people; just less than most people. In a society where it's almost an obligation to keep in touch with your friends and acquaintances on at least a weekly basis if you hope to keep such friendships, I've found myself losing friends over and over again throughout my life. I wonder, are there any other introverts like me out there? From what I've seen, even other introverts tend to seek way more social interaction than I do. If there are other extreme introverts such as me around here, how do you manage? How do you satisfy your inherent need for socializing every now and then, while still getting the alone time that you require? Have you been able to form close, meaningful and lasting relationships with people, while still being true to your introverted nature?