I'm not sure that's the best way to phrase what I'm asking, but it'll have to do.
I'm a fairly strong I...last test, it was 84/16. I do alright in social situations, like my work in an open office with a group of other women 35 hours a week. I can hold my own, anyway, and sometimes I even seem like I'm enjoying all the not-working, let's-chat-about-life stuff. But this past weekend, I had family visiting, and I swear I felt like I was purposely avoiding contact because I couldn't handle it. I tried. I'm usually not this bad.
I don't know if I was just overwhelmed and felt the need to hide (..the inevitable result). Maybe it's because they're all F's, and I never fit in the conversation well for that reason. I'm not sure, really, it was kind of surprising. I thought I was fairly balanced - I grew up in a big family so I had to get used to large social functions. I'm more of an only child now though, maybe that's part of it.
So. Any advice? My (only) INTJ friend recommended I push into some social groups just to make sure I don't become a hermit. Really, though, I do have some fantastic friends that I love spending time with (and some are E's, which really helps). I guess I just saw "group of people who want to have a conversation that isn't about either cold-hard-facts or extremely abstract ideas" and knowing it could get 'emotional' for lack of a better term, I panicked. And read a book inside by myself instead.
(oh, it was a fantastic book though...)