Hello! Number one, I should state that I was originally mistyped as an INTJ and then again (so I believe) as an INTP. I read a thread that led to the discussion of extraversion vs. introversion and found it intriguing. The general conversation turned that such a thing exists as a mental extravert and social introvert (and vice versa). I have had an understanding that the difference between them is essentially whether social situations cost energy or gain it.
Here are basic details essential to explaining my theory. I am an only child that grew up with an extended family of older cousins as well. (my youngest cousin being 11 years my senior). I had many friends when I was young but I didn't mind my own company. I was just as okay with playing by myself as I was with friends. While I do identify with many traits of being an INTP, half of my personality did not adhere to the description. So, I thought "What if I am a mental extravert and social introvert? I find myself a bit more energetic and impish then the typical INTP, among other things. I read the description of ENTP children's development to my ISFP mother, the accuracy had her in tears and I related to a lot more of it myself.
I am trying to elicit the opinions of others whom may be acquainted with this kind of situation. I am jovial and friendly towards others if they initiate conversation with me. I want to be liked/revered by other people but in ways of individuality. When I was younger (toddler) my mother said I was a happy child all of the time, I would walk up to children at the park and ask them to play. On my first day of preschool, my mother drove past the entrance to look for parking. As she did I looked at her and announced that she could drop me off there. Independent, strong willed, jovial, curious/inquisitive, and imaginative were the words she chose to describe me.
I believe I was under the misconception that I am an introvert because I can go long periods of time alone without care. But this solitary carelessness could just be the result of being an only child by myself a lot. I am use to being in my own company so it's natural it doesn't bother me. Also, I am reserved around those I am not familiar with until I am done mentally analyzing them (a process which can take months) but ultimately I enjoy being around people I like, and gain energy from it. I often do not like my peers which is why I don't waste energy trying to befriend those I don't hold respect for. (While I am amicable when spoken to by them, I don't try to be their friend) But with people I take a liking to when I meet them, and friends: I am vivacious, bubbly, whimsical, funny, and empathetic. Could I have mistaken my common dislike for incompetence/ignorance in my peers, initial shyness, and solitary behaivor as introversion? I wouldn't know if I am well liked by most people, but I don't see why I wouldn't be.
I decided not to rely on my cognitive functions to decide my 4 letter type, although it IS certain I have a rational (NT) temperament. I chose not to look at my cognitive functions because I do not believe an individual can be completely aware of their problem solving processes unless in the heat of a problem. I don't really trust myself XD
Even if one person reads and comments on my thought-tangent theory, it would be much appreciated. :D
Sorry for any grammatical errors, I do not currently have time to correct them.