Is it possible to have been an extrovert only to change into an introvert?

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    Is it possible to have been an extrovert only to change into an introvert?

    When I was young I was very much the social butterfly. I'd talk to people on the street, I'd ask them questions, I'd just generally enjoy their company. I was always out playing with my friends and there was never a time when I'd get exhausted from being around people. I mean, I did cherish my alone time, but I never wanted it out of necessity. It's just something I enjoyed. I liked both being alone AND being with people.

    Now fast forward to 19 years old, and I can't go a day without having at least an hour of alone time. I still enjoy being with people, but I find it difficult to convey my ideas and thoughts coherently like I used to. I ramble, I get flustered, I hate being called on. I'd rather write out an explanation then talk it out to a group of people. I'd rather stay at home and read a book then go to a party. All the tests I take come out "INFP".

    But I used to be ENFP. I even remember taking a bunch of tests at 12 and having them all come out "ENFP".

    So what gives? How can someone transform from an extrovert to an introvert? What happened between 12 and 19 to make me this way? I thought this was all innate personality- something that couldn't be changed. Has anyone else ever had this? Felt like they were both Extroverted and Introverted? Or that they changed?



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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisticviewpoint View Post
    When I was young I was very much the social butterfly. I'd talk to people on the street, I'd ask them questions, I'd just generally enjoy their company. I was always out playing with my friends and there was never a time when I'd get exhausted from being around people. I mean, I did cherish my alone time, but I never wanted it out of necessity. It's just something I enjoyed. I liked both being alone AND being with people.

    Now fast forward to 19 years old, and I can't go a day without having at least an hour of alone time. I still enjoy being with people, but I find it difficult to convey my ideas and thoughts coherently like I used to. I ramble, I get flustered, I hate being called on. I'd rather write out an explanation then talk it out to a group of people. I'd rather stay at home and read a book then go to a party. All the tests I take come out "INFP".

    But I used to be ENFP. I even remember taking a bunch of tests at 12 and having them all come out "ENFP".

    So what gives? How can someone transform from an extrovert to an introvert? What happened between 12 and 19 to make me this way? I thought this was all innate personality- something that couldn't be changed. Has anyone else ever had this? Felt like they were both Extroverted and Introverted? Or that they changed?
    This is something I was wondering on as well, except I identify more as an ENTP. Same sort of idea, though. I don't think I need any time alone, however. I definitely need to talk to somebody to come to a judgment, and being with people gives me energy, rather than being alone.

    This is how I rationalize it: When I was a kid, I was innocent, and learning through experience. I was naturally an extrovert. Experiences taught me caution. Our environment shapes us. So, even if we might naturally have certain cognitive functions, whatever we experience will influence us in order to cope with stressful, or even non-stressful situations, depending on what we learn consciously, and subconsciously.

    Think of it this way: A child who is an extrovert until high school, and then placed into a dark room with only what they need to survive, is going to turn out completely different than somebody who had regular social exposure. Years later, they're freed. But, they're not the same as they were. They had to learn to adapt coping mechanisms from their environment.

    That's a very drastic example, but what I'm getting at is: If we're not in an environment to support our natural tendencies, we do what we can with other tendencies (Which likely strengthens them). We don't just shut down.

    We're resilient creatures, we humans. We adapt. We learn.

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    Unknown Personality

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisticviewpoint View Post
    When I was young I was very much the social butterfly. I'd talk to people on the street, I'd ask them questions, I'd just generally enjoy their company. I was always out playing with my friends and there was never a time when I'd get exhausted from being around people. I mean, I did cherish my alone time, but I never wanted it out of necessity. It's just something I enjoyed. I liked both being alone AND being with people.

    Now fast forward to 19 years old, and I can't go a day without having at least an hour of alone time. I still enjoy being with people, but I find it difficult to convey my ideas and thoughts coherently like I used to. I ramble, I get flustered, I hate being called on. I'd rather write out an explanation then talk it out to a group of people. I'd rather stay at home and read a book then go to a party. All the tests I take come out "INFP".

    But I used to be ENFP. I even remember taking a bunch of tests at 12 and having them all come out "ENFP".

    So what gives? How can someone transform from an extrovert to an introvert? What happened between 12 and 19 to make me this way? I thought this was all innate personality- something that couldn't be changed. Has anyone else ever had this? Felt like they were both Extroverted and Introverted? Or that they changed?
    An extrovert is still an extrovert.
    It's not so much about being social as it is about the function that is dominant and extroverted.

    ENFPs are the most introverted extroverts, but still not introverts.
    ENFP - Ne Fi Te Si
    INFP - Fi Ne Si Te
    much difference between them...

    I just got a realization! woho!
    Watch this magic!
    How we Develop our Personality Types

    Fixed this for you:
    From 12 - 20 years

    The auxiliary function asserts itself as a powerful support to the dominant function. Since all recent studies point towards the importance of a well-developed team of dominant AND auxiliary functions, this is an important time of "self-identification". Research suggests that people without a strong auxiliary function to complement their dominant function have real problems. In our ENFP example, we see the auxiliary Feeling function come to the front during this phase as a support to the dominant iNtuitive function. Since the ENFP's dominant function is an Information Gathering function, the auxilary function must be a Decision Making one. Without a Decision Making process, we would flounder about and never get anything done! As the auxilary Feeling process comes forth, the ENFP begins to develop the ability to make decisions based on his personal value system. This auxiliary decision making process will be Introverted, since the dominant function is Extroverted. Since the decision making function is
    Introverted, our subject now emerges as a "Perceiver", rather than a "Judger". Our ENFP Personality Type is now pretty firmly set in place, and we know the dominance ordering of the four functions.

    At that age an INFP will rather become more extroverted since the Ne function develops.
    mmmm.... Ne...... lol


 

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