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Old 08-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #121
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I was exactly 50% on this quiz.

I am extroverted in nearly every context other than larger groups of people. But if you put me in a room with 20 people at a social event, I will get worn out.

Generally I enjoy socializing and getting to know people. I also very much enjoy spending time with close friends. But I don't necessarily go out of my way to find it and am fine not talking with anyone.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #122
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this poll may have missed many persons 1st choice. "both" Like many others I'm some of both.
Very good point. It's a continuum, not an either/or, and most people are probably near the middle. Forced to choose, I think a lot of the "mixed" types (50%?) are designating themselves as either/or, but that's not really accurate.

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I got close to the max too. Of particular interest to early-retirement.org members is this item in the quiz:

4. I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame and status.

That's crucial to achieving FI and the LBYM strategy, which indicates why so many of us here are introverts.
Yes, I know that my disinterest in social status feels like part of my introversion and has helped me live below my means. Also, I think being an introvert is probably a cheaper lifestyle than being an extrovert, on average.

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There's no doubt the Intranet is a natural for introverts -- that's why some jokingly call it the Intronet. But I'd argue that, ironically, it's made us into virtual extroverts. Although the Web considerably expands our connections with those who share similar interests, those connections are shallower and more tenuous. We've paid a price in the considerable diminution of deeper one-to-one social interactions.
I'm sure that's true in some ways. Otoh, I've had some of my deepest relationships grow out of online connections, including several girlfriends and a marriage. So I think it can work both ways.

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From "Revenge of the Introvert" article in Psychology Today:

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test administered to two randomized national samples, introverts make up 50 percent of the U.S. population.
Which is considerably higher than most estimates, and it makes me think the M-B overestimates introversion. Most of the estimates I'm familiar with put introverts as about 1/4 or 1/3 of the population. Which makes sense. It wouldn't be 50/50. Just from an evolutionary standpoint, extroverts would by nature be more likely to reproduce, so the population must contain more of them than introverts.

I think that's part of why we're seeing such an extreme 90/10 split. A lot of people seem to be using the M-B designation as their reference point. I think the M-B overestimates introversion.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #124
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Thanks eddie.
I deleted the post right before I noticed your reply.
Nobody needed to see that crap anyway, I suppose !!!
All meant to be in good humor, or at least some kind of humor.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:58 PM   #126
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Thanks eddie.
I deleted the post right before I noticed your reply.
Nobody needed to see that crap anyway, I suppose !!!
All meant to be in good humor, or at least some kind of humor.
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It was PERfect humor, Steve.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:16 AM   #127
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23 signs you're an introvert

Interesting article on Huffington Post yesterday:

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

I can particularly identify with #7: "Downtime doesn't feel unproductive to you." Particularly in ER!!

And relevant to this thread: #1: "You find small talk incredibly cumbersome."

The article also makes the point that introverts are very observant and think deeply about things.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #128
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I consider myself an introvert but was much less so in a w*rk environment. I was generally considered outspoken and opinionated. I made a point of talking with people rather than emailing them. I was comfortable with giving tours and talks. However, I always ate lunch alone. I didn't socialize with people at w*rk. I was reluctant to have a retirement party but enjoyed it when it happened.

What has helped me in ER is that I am perfectly content to be home alone (DW is still w*rking). I am comfortable with traveling alone. I specifically put it on my "to do list", prior to ER, to do something social each week. I realize that while I am an introvert I can enjoy socializing in small doses and I think it is important not to become completely isolated.

I don't remember what my MB score was. I'll have to dig the form out of a box in the garage someday.
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