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Old 11-16-2010, 09:23 PM   #61
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i have always been shy and not a people person. now that i am retired it's me and the dog, no one else need apply. sometimes i don't leave the house for days. people tire me out, i'm exhausted after being with a small group of people for a few hours. one on one you'd be surprised i said what i did but more than 1 person and i wilt fast. INTJ.
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Lena was talking with a friend and her husband, who asked whether we are coming to the local chamber of commerce Christmas party:

Lena: I'm coming but not Al.
Husband: Not Al? Why not?
Lena: He doesn't like to go to big parties.
Husband: You can do that [that is, choose not to go]?
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:19 PM   #63
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INTJ, private. Like obgyn, I have a j*b that requires me to interact with people. Hey, I can work a room too! But it's w*rk. Left to myself, I enjoy my privacy. I have hosted fairly large parties and holiday dinners in the past, but have no desire to repeat the experience.

One advantage to being a physician is that you can bring your beeper with you and arrange to be paged. If the party sucks, "saving lives" is a great excuse to leave.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:07 PM   #64
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Yep, I'm a INTJ - one of the three Retire Early personality types listed on the Retire Early Home page site. Because of my career there have been numerous times when I've been required to be an extrovert, but I've done so because of circumstances, it is not my choice.
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I've only read some of the responses. I'm definitely an extrovert. Hmmm, does that mean that I'm doomed to not achieve FIRE anytime soon?
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I've only read some of the responses. I'm definitely an extrovert. Hmmm, does that mean that I'm doomed to not achieve FIRE anytime soon?
Not at all! You can FIRE and have a wonderful time with other retired extroverts, having lots of fun socializing, having big dinner parties at one anothers' houses, playing bingo or softball, going on cruises with lots of organized activities aimed at extroverts, and so many more things that are an extrovert's delight.
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I've only read some of the responses. I'm definitely an extrovert. Hmmm, does that mean that I'm doomed to not achieve FIRE anytime soon?
Maybe, but you will be having lots of fun in the nursing home when you are old.
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Not at all! You can FIRE and have a wonderful time with other retired extroverts, having lots of fun socializing, having big dinner parties at one anothers' houses, playing bingo or softball, going on cruises with lots of organized activities aimed at extroverts, and so many more things that are an extrovert's delight.
Thanks, W2R! The only caveat for us extroverts it to not spend all of our money on all the fun activities! Extroverts tend to be spenders, so if I am hanging out with other extroverts, I need to keep an eye on the wallet.
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Thanks, W2R! The only caveat for us extroverts it to not spend all of our money on all the fun activities! Extroverts tend to be spenders, so if I am hanging out with other extroverts, I need to keep an eye on the wallet.
Finding free, fun activities that you could do with other extroverts does sound pretty hard to do. While you are thinking about it, you could organize a rotating potluck.
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Is there any real difference between a private person and a hermit?

I think of myself as a private person. But when I haven't been out of the house for a couple of days, forget to shave, keep wearing the same blue jeans, pull the shades when I see the mailman coming, avoid answering the phone and that sort of thing, DW says "get cleaned up and get your sorry ass out of the house for a while you hermit!" And I do. I go down to the pub and talk to the guys about mean wives and how much guys deserve to be left alone to be private people.
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Semi-private. I´m rather shy, but mostly people bore me. Or, maybe I don´t know what to say to them. Anyway, more than 4 persons in a gathering ends up sending me into a sleeping/daydreaming/mind wandering mood. To the annoyance of my wife. She insists that good manners demans a constant smiling and attentive llok on my face.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:04 PM   #77
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Here's the link to the test.
Personality tests: free and four questions

I just took it and I'm ISFJ.

Here's what those stand for from the Myers-Briggs Indicator -
Dichotomies
Extraversion (E) - (I) Introversion
Sensing (S) - (N) Intuition
Thinking (T) - (F) Feeling
Judgment (J) - (P) Perception

The description was very close to how I am.
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I have done this test several times; I always test out ENTJ. However, my I/E axis is very close. I think this accurately describes me. I have always thought of myself as an introvert who needs people. At a party, I enjoy individuals, not so much the group. However, I do enjoy my interaction with the individuals in the party atmosphere, and would not like to miss it.

I could not possibly hang around my home for more than one day at a time. I hate doing solitary and routine tasks. Solitary tasks with a large cognitive component are fine, but even then I want frequent social breaks from the task.

In the normal course of my life, I almost always am left desiring more, not less, social contact. If I see someone for coffee, or dancing or whatever in the morning, I am ready for more by afternoon. Of course I am a middle aged divorced man, a member of a notoriously lonely group.

One thing that has hurt me is that I have discovered that staying out late tends to ruin my sleep habits, so I have reluctantly begun getting to bed much earlier. This is rough as my social life for years has revolved around nighttime activities.

It seems that I must start to avoid excitement, whether mental, physical or social, not long after 8-9 PM. Doing this seems to make it very likely that I will get a long night of sleep, and not go around like a zombie the following day.

Even sex goes better with good sleep if I can get at it early. I am turning into a true stick in the mud.

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I came up as an ISTJ. I really stuggled with the third question as I had to count the yes'es to each side to have a tiebreaker.
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