Thanks for a great resource! I’m actually a big proponent of the MBTI and score moderately (~33) as an E. However, in the last 2-3 years I am finding that my needs for recharging time alone have greatly increased. In certain situations where there is a lot of noise and people stimulate me and I can keep going for hours (I’m in a heavy metal band and LOVE performing, going to shows, networking, meeting people and fans and industry folks, etc) — I could talk to and with them all night with no alcohol or stimulants until it’s time to get pancakes at 7 AM. 🙂 I’d come home from those physically tired, but mentally / emotionally primed and happy. However, if I’m just hanging out in a large group of friends, I can get drained and sometimes annoyed after about 3-5 hours (many of them are VERY chatty and animated and it’s hard getting parity in the conversation sometimes) and I need alone / do-things-at-my-own-pace time to recharge. Once the batteries are re-charged, I’m jonesing for people to talk to. So would this be ambiversion?
Also, after a very stressful year for me, I’m needing more of this alone time as well. I understand that the MBTI model has emerged with auxiliary or “shadow” functions when one is under stress, but I don’t quite have a grasp of this theory yet. Any of you introverts find your way to introversion with this route, or was your introversion a part of you since you were a kid?
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