Firstly, confessions and explanations.
I am a borderline 'I-E'. I fall on the 'I' side, but I'm not terribly deep in; only about 18% according to the test I last took.
My boyfriend and I have been together for a little over a year. I've had some pretty wonderful times with him, but our time is drawing to an eventual close. Our personalities and desires of the future don't really mix well together. I've learned an incredible amount from him about myself and others, so I've a lot of mulling points in regards to personality and it's manifestations in habit, needs, and interactions. I'm sure I'll reference him a bit in the future here.
The question for this post comes out of a bit of a discussion/tift we had a while back. He declared the weekend that was coming up to be a 'him' time weekend, and wanted an empty house (while it seems as though I live there, I do in fact, have my own place). Every week and a half or so, he needs a night or two to himself, so it wasn't an unusual request. He's had a girlfriend who does the same exact thing, more often than him. Somewhere along the discussion, I explained to him that while I abstractly understand he has this need for an empty place, I don't actually understand the need itself, I lack comprehension. His response was that it's an 'I' thing, and 'E's' don't get it, with a nod to how I'm not a strong 'I'.
I'm not looking for validation or some such thing for this discussion; our two different views stem from personality and not from an issue with wrong or right. I bring up the story because it made me think, and my question is, how does your Introvert manifest itself in your life?
For me, despite being borderline E, I'm not the life of the party, and I enjoy my alone time. My definition of alone time, though, is 'don't get in my face, go amuse yourself in some other corner of the room/house' rather than needing entirely empty space. Though an empty house from time to time is nice, I admit, I actually find it detrimental more often than not. My best quality 'alone' time is when I'm doing my own thing, but I can sense the presence of someone else nearby.
I will often wander off to be by myself at conventions and parties too, and I think the underlying theme is this; I love alone time when I'm actively choosing to be by myself, I don't like enforced alone time because it comes across as more lonely than anything else. If there's someone else there, or some large group of people, that I can return to when I want and need contact again, even if just for a quick hug before disappearing into my book again, my alone time actually means something.
What about everyone else?