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Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Do you think a paleo diet selects for one or the other?

http://www.carlkingcreative.com/10-myths-about-introverts

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on April 12, 2013
at 06:38 AM

I can agree with the "departmental differences" thing. I find this in relationships. I have a hard time with close personal relationships with N types. Not that I can't love them (some of my best friends are N types), but oh my gosh, pair an N type with general immaturity and it drives me (strongly S-type) up the wall. :)

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:33 AM

But I'm an extrovert on Twitter

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on July 01, 2011
at 09:06 PM

PaleoLady, Read Please Understand Me II. This is THE personality typing text and will explain the differences more clearly than reading condensed websites. The N personality is about evolution and change where as the S, its opposite, is about foundation building and stability. (And for the record, I've consulted Nationally and Internationally to corporations having departmental differences due largely to the conflict between N and S types.)

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:03 PM

From that E vs I is about do you prefer outer world or inner world. S vs N is basic information vs intrepret & add meaning. F vs T make decisions by reason/logic or feelings/values. J vs P get things decided/structure or stay open to new info & options.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Sorry, Marie, I think you're a bit confused - I know the MBTI like the back of my hand! Those that hate policies & rules sound more like P's than Ns. And it is N's that are into big picture. E's are about Extroversion - how to you get energized. From the Meyers-briggs website: "Intuition (N) .... I like to see the big picture, then to find out the facts. " http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:20 PM

"facepalm" - nice one. I love boxes personally - but I don't have the slightest inclination to actually climb into them. @Marie - you know, I actually have some experience with that, and you're 100% correct and my temperature just went up with the memories. :-)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 27, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I really like where this question has taken us.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 27, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Thanks Marie .....

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on June 27, 2011
at 12:53 PM

:) What's the matter Patrik? Don't you like being put in a box. LOL.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Diet seems to affect my personality as well.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:45 AM

[*facepalm] --- Meyers-Briggs is simply a great way to platonify something that shouldn't be. Not good.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 10:33 PM

That's because you haven't discovered how fun it is to corrupt the ISTJs. Underneath their cool exterior is the heart of a freak just waiting to get out. You might want to try it ;)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 09:51 PM

haha - too late for that advice! The problem is that I prefer spending time with other INFPs (or nearby) - I like the 'groove'.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Same thing happened with me with age, but that co-incided with being midway through university and beginning a long-term relationship, so it may not be age, rather than circumstances.

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(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 08:05 PM

By changing language I mean chosing specific phrases. For instance I use "I think" with ST and NT personalities and "I feel" with NFs.

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(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Q, read the Please Understand Me book and test your employees and relatives to learn the patterns. You'll learn to change your language to get better results with your patients. It takes a bit of practice but is fairly easy once you learn the patterns. For instance, the ENFJ personality has a very specific language pattern that "sounds like a babbling brook". I can spot them the minute they walk into my classroom.

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Ns actually are into change, it is the E personality that focused on the big picture. Ns hate policies and being told they "must" do something. They look to change (notice I didn't say improve) current policies and procedures.

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:58 PM

So CaveRat...when was the last time you balanced your checkbook? Here's some practical advice: You need to marry an accountant (ISTJs are great because they think everyone is stealing from them and can turn a dime into a dollar.) You can do the clothes shopping to make sure you look great as a couple and your spouse can handle making sure the bills are paid.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

I've come to really hate these books. They are all "right", and all nail me to a 'T' (I'm INFP) - but none ever give me very *practical* advice. I don't want to read that 'I prefer to spend time with one or two good friends' any more... :-)

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:22 PM

I would answer but I'm too introverted...

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:21 PM

The test would be useful - you can get easy versions online. I'm going to go out on a limb guess you'd be an INTJ. ('I' because you're on a forum, 'N' because you wonder about 'Paleo Narratives', 'T' for the engineer and 'J' for the loudmouth :-)).

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Because I am mindful of their plight and thinking about the next few years and the next few steps people will have to make in this lifestyle. The more I know about people who live this way the more I can help people adapt to this lifestyle in my practice. I practice this way everyday so I need to think outside the box when it comes to new patients and dealing with dogmatic docs in my facility.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Another here. I'm 'center' for the I and the F - my N and P are 'off the chart' still.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Nah - the 'N' means you can just 'know' what looks best overall - I bet you even feel it in your gut when you look. The 'S' would make you good at seeing at all the 'parts' - the buttons, the color, the hem, the stitches, the pockets, the pleats... but not help so much with the the whole thing at once.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Totally get it. I have to force myself to ask about grass-fed meat - in a San Francisco butcher shop where *everybody* gets it! I've learned some tricks, but even at my own birthday parties I usually just sit on a couch and talk to one good friend. If I'm lucky I'll fit in two.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:49 PM

me too - though my 'depending' is the 'F' - sometimes it's a 'T'

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Quilt, why are you so interested in paleo dieters?

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Hmm, this is intriguing ...

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Oh, I wasn't meaning we aren't social ... did it come across that way? Sorry if it did .. I just meant we'd be more inclined to spend time on forums ...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:58 PM

totally agree with this answer......great point and plus one!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:57 PM

lol.........plus one for the shear laugh

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I find it easier to tolerate social situations.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I'm an INTJ, borderline INTP. I think it's fascinating, given the career recommendations for those two types, that I work in the legal profession doing design/publication work! Comforting to know that I picked the right career! ;)

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I agree. I think any internet forum which allows people to be anonymous and to read/write on their own time is going to attract more introverts.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I would answer but I am an introvert...

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I would answer but I am too introverted...

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:36 PM

Wow, what insight. I haven't noticed anything this specific about myself as a vegetarian vs. a Paleo eater.

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I'm also INTJ! ...need to use more characters.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Take the test, take the test, take the test.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:24 PM

interesting to see how many answers this one got.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Me too! I always thought I was INTJ so maybe this is a new phase.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:23 PM

So, Paleohacks hydrates you? Kind of like electrolytes for the mind? Well, we're lucky that your work environment wilts you.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I am a smartypants groupie - and you, sir, are the leader of the smartypants society. I am bound to do just about anything for positive feedback from you and your ilk. Be gentle with me. I am easily influenced.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:57 PM

+1 as an INFJ/P I am floored by the disproportionate showing here.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I definitely encourage you to go in this direction as I really appreciate your posts.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Me, too. Interesting trend (or maybe we are the ones who answer these questions).

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Me too. Very strong INTJ and I can definitely identify with what BAMBAM described.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Interesting on the N types. I'm INTJ myself.

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on June 26, 2011
at 09:20 AM

pretty sure I am INTJ also, did the questionnaire a while ago. BAMBAM, that sounds a lot like me too! I am much more comfortable being introverted and sensitive than I used to be (one of the benefits of age I guess) but I occasionally would like to be more extroverted.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Same, a very strong INTJ...

2ab6415f5f20b8fe1d34a94c7be85e6a

on June 26, 2011
at 05:17 AM

introvert but im too introverted to go into why

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Same here. INTJ's unite! People who know me think of me as more extroverted but that's because I'm more comfortable with friends and relatives than everyone else I interact with. I'm mostly in an introverted problem-solving mode where I analyze people and situations and think about the best way to adapt and contribute. When it comes to stuff I'm passionate about - like baseball or nutrition...I can talk about it with anyone and never shut up. So I guess I may appear extroverted on this forum. I can handle small talk in crowds but I don't seek out those situations.

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Extrovert.

But according to the MBTI personality theorists we all pass through periods of extroverted and introverted behavior. These two books are those that I recommend to my students and I wish I'd read them prior to beginning college:

Do What You Are (Chap 7 is great for those over 40 as it covers the infamous midlife crisis.)

Please understand me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence (This is the text most personality typing is based upon and is very dense.)

I started in Physics and soon realized that "One of these things is not like the others." so worked my way through Chem to the Biochem department and then to business school where I found my peeps. I'm now in the "Introverted" portion of my personality path and am much more attracted to details, working alone, and other introverted activities than I was in my 20s. The joke about me during grad school was that I was at every class and every party in the event anyone needed notes or gossip, that's an extrovert!

I also find it to be very interesting how many MBAs have issues with alcohol.

It is no surprise that there are 16 types: (Genetics, anyone? There is some interesting behavioral research on animals regarding personality typing where genetic traits are openly discussed but eugenics has limited human research.)

Here's a great graphic of the personalities: are-you-an-introvert-or-an-extrovert?

Expect to see a lot of "N" types in this thread as this trend requires a leap of faith to go against the medical establishment. "N" types tend to be innovators and early adopters.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

I've come to really hate these books. They are all "right", and all nail me to a 'T' (I'm INFP) - but none ever give me very *practical* advice. I don't want to read that 'I prefer to spend time with one or two good friends' any more... :-)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 09:51 PM

haha - too late for that advice! The problem is that I prefer spending time with other INFPs (or nearby) - I like the 'groove'.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Interesting on the N types. I'm INTJ myself.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I'm an INTJ, borderline INTP. I think it's fascinating, given the career recommendations for those two types, that I work in the legal profession doing design/publication work! Comforting to know that I picked the right career! ;)

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on June 27, 2011
at 12:53 PM

:) What's the matter Patrik? Don't you like being put in a box. LOL.

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(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 10:33 PM

That's because you haven't discovered how fun it is to corrupt the ISTJs. Underneath their cool exterior is the heart of a freak just waiting to get out. You might want to try it ;)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:45 AM

[*facepalm] --- Meyers-Briggs is simply a great way to platonify something that shouldn't be. Not good.

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(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:58 PM

So CaveRat...when was the last time you balanced your checkbook? Here's some practical advice: You need to marry an accountant (ISTJs are great because they think everyone is stealing from them and can turn a dime into a dollar.) You can do the clothes shopping to make sure you look great as a couple and your spouse can handle making sure the bills are paid.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:20 PM

"facepalm" - nice one. I love boxes personally - but I don't have the slightest inclination to actually climb into them. @Marie - you know, I actually have some experience with that, and you're 100% correct and my temperature just went up with the memories. :-)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:46 PM

It may come as a shock, but I am more of an Introvert. The idea of going out a lot in groups annoys me. I would usually prefer to stay home and read. However, if I do go out with friends: Watch out! In that case, I am pretty much like I am on here: a loud-mouth :)

I have never taken Myers-Briggs, but I suspect I would be an Intuitive type. I am an engineer and I work around a bunch of engineers, but my way of approaching things is much different than theirs. I have never used flow-charts, hate making lists to compare the pros and cons. I go with my gut. This makes me something of an anomaly in my work environment which I find to be too arid. It dries me up which is why I distract myself with Paleohacks so much during the day.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Take the test, take the test, take the test.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:57 PM

lol.........plus one for the shear laugh

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:23 PM

So, Paleohacks hydrates you? Kind of like electrolytes for the mind? Well, we're lucky that your work environment wilts you.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:21 PM

The test would be useful - you can get easy versions online. I'm going to go out on a limb guess you'd be an INTJ. ('I' because you're on a forum, 'N' because you wonder about 'Paleo Narratives', 'T' for the engineer and 'J' for the loudmouth :-)).

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:21 PM

I did the Myers-Briggs thing years ago, and I discovered something weird. I can change my type by changing what I eat. If I'm eating a more SAD diet, I'm an ISTJ. If I'm eating more low-carb/paleo (I was low carbing at the time, but I low carb without all the extra "junk". Just real food and no grains.) I'm an INTJ. This worked for me really well because I was doing a lot of writing at the time, and I found that I wrote better when I was in that INTJ zone.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:58 PM

totally agree with this answer......great point and plus one!

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

(1021)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:36 PM

Wow, what insight. I haven't noticed anything this specific about myself as a vegetarian vs. a Paleo eater.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Hmm, this is intriguing ...

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Diet seems to affect my personality as well.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I think that if you visit practically any early-adopter internet place, you will find it heavily weighted with Introverted Intuitives. So, what is the personality type of all the Paleo folks who aren't replying here but are out playing with their friends instead? (BTW, can you guess my type?) A way to find Paleo more appealing to all is to have 16 approaches.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on June 26, 2011
at 11:02 AM

Definite Introvert... INFJ ... I think introverted intuitives would be more likely to spend time on internet forums ... though I could be wrong ... and INFJs ... well, we are already square pegs in a world of round holes ... Paleo just makes us more eccentric ... Weeeeee

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I find it easier to tolerate social situations.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Oh, I wasn't meaning we aren't social ... did it come across that way? Sorry if it did .. I just meant we'd be more inclined to spend time on forums ...

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:39 AM

I am an ex-introvert using Paleo Hacks to come out of my shell.

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I definitely encourage you to go in this direction as I really appreciate your posts.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I am a smartypants groupie - and you, sir, are the leader of the smartypants society. I am bound to do just about anything for positive feedback from you and your ilk. Be gentle with me. I am easily influenced.

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:29 AM

I'm INTJ, so introvert.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Me too. Very strong INTJ and I can definitely identify with what BAMBAM described.

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Same here. INTJ's unite! People who know me think of me as more extroverted but that's because I'm more comfortable with friends and relatives than everyone else I interact with. I'm mostly in an introverted problem-solving mode where I analyze people and situations and think about the best way to adapt and contribute. When it comes to stuff I'm passionate about - like baseball or nutrition...I can talk about it with anyone and never shut up. So I guess I may appear extroverted on this forum. I can handle small talk in crowds but I don't seek out those situations.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 26, 2011
at 09:20 AM

pretty sure I am INTJ also, did the questionnaire a while ago. BAMBAM, that sounds a lot like me too! I am much more comfortable being introverted and sensitive than I used to be (one of the benefits of age I guess) but I occasionally would like to be more extroverted.

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I'm also INTJ! ...need to use more characters.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Same, a very strong INTJ...

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Me, too. Interesting trend (or maybe we are the ones who answer these questions).

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Same thing happened with me with age, but that co-incided with being midway through university and beginning a long-term relationship, so it may not be age, rather than circumstances.

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on June 27, 2011
at 12:24 PM

ENTJ though I consider myself somewhat introverted for an extrovert.

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:08 PM

INFP, and I've had dozens of tests since I was about 15, most identical. I'm sort of borderline on the 'I' and the 'F' but red-lined on the 'N' and the 'P', so to speak. I have to say: it's a real pain in the butt sometimes. I mean the perpetual self-obsession, and not able to 'just have a good time' in an anonymous crowd just gets in the way far too often.

One thing that really helped me was to learn play music (fiddle music). We don't chatter much, except for a little between tunes, yet get into a nearly catatonic groove with each other when actually playing - so it's a wonderful combination of distance and of intimacy. Social dance is also good - it's physically very intimate yet boundaries are (must be) clear.

I don't think 'paleo' makes it any different though. It just is another topic to feel awkward around strangers with! I'd really like to meet people who share this kind of thinking - most of my friends and especially my wife have no interest at all. "just doing it", as all Introverts know, isn't as easy as it sounds. So I hope by learning and doing it for myself, I'll get to know some 'paleo' folks over time.

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Don't know my Myers-Briggs type but I am really introverted and shy too. I need tons of time alone, and even more to wind down if I've spent a lot of time around people. I don't enjoy socialising in groups and don't talk much in real life. Plus I have no patience whatsoever for most people my age and all the ridiculous drama and histrionic crap that passes for socialising among all of them. I can sort of pretend to be social but I can't keep it up for very long, it's crazy tiring for me in all honesty. One evening is my limit. I wish I was more outgoing though. That's one thing Paleo definitely didn't help. Even talking to clerks at the grocery store or whatever makes me want to run away. I'm trying to get better about it though, because unfortunately I know I usually come off as a complete bitch who thinks she's too good to talk to other people. Things have improved though! In my senior year of high school, I was told that in grades 8 and 9 all my classmates thought I was either mute or retarded because for the first two years I was there I almost never spoke or looked at anyone in the eye. My teaches called my parents in multiple times because they thought there was something wrong with me or something wrong at home. So when I feel bad about being introverted I think back to those days and think that maybe my personality will normalize as I get older :D

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Totally get it. I have to force myself to ask about grass-fed meat - in a San Francisco butcher shop where *everybody* gets it! I've learned some tricks, but even at my own birthday parties I usually just sit on a couch and talk to one good friend. If I'm lucky I'll fit in two.

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Introvert. Not that I don't like other people, I just find that I feel best when I get a significant amount of time alone. I am a thinker first and foremost, my personality is tailored to contemplation and lofty ideas and without a significant amount of rumination and introspection I am not most effective in company and can't foster a self that I would be most proud of, it is like there is a necessity to push the boundaries of individual thought which I can't be satisfied unless I accomplish, so I do the things I need to do. I like to bring something different to the table to those whose identities are more contingent upon being part of groups and relationships. That is my role and I'll happily play it.

Philosophy and the art of intellectual exploration requires a degree of autonomy. Group-think is a very real and potent phenomenon and while an essential aspect of philosophy is discourse, if we rely too heavily on discourse and especially if we make our identities so contingent upon being part of groups and relationships, as if our own self is inextricable from them, and especially many groups and relationships, then we'll be prone to succumbing to mental conformity and stagnation, both in our personal growth but their relationships as well. Best not to be that regular at the pub who tells the same jokes and talks of the same things every day for 40 years, eh?

As Mihaly C writes in his book Flow, it would behoove extroverts to make the best possible use of any alone time they have to differentiate their personalities and worldviews so that they might be more valuable. Many do not do this and their time alone is quite boring and unproductive, even prone to anxiety. As is it important for an introvert to maintain relationships, which are also needed to become a complex, fulfilled and self-actualized person. In the end the two should ideally not look all that different, straying too far to the extreme is only ideal for a small minority.

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(3808)

on June 26, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I haven't tested in several years, but I've consistently been INFP when I've tested in the past.

It must be considered that internet forums tend to be skewed towards the "I" side of things. Every time I've seen this subject come up online, there have been many more INFP/J types than would be expected in the general population. I'm going to guess that, if you did a survey at a CrossFit gym or something, you'd find many more "E" sorts than you would online.

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(1021)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I agree. I think any internet forum which allows people to be anonymous and to read/write on their own time is going to attract more introverts.

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:34 PM

ENTJ. Have successfully and rewardingly convinced near and dear to go Paleo. Yay mobilization!

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776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

on June 26, 2011
at 02:31 PM

ISTP/INTP

Extroverts and Introverts will most likely disagree about which predisposes one more to "go Paleo," but personally I've found that my congenital loner-ness helps with Paleo.

I prefer to eat alone or with just one close person. I hate eating out or in big groups. Always have. Operating in this manner, I've long been in the habit of cooking my own food and not giving a rat's ass on whether it was weird or not (long before Paleo I ate lots of weird stuff and recipes of my own invention). Switching to Paleo, then, was an entirely personal matter. I didn't have to explain myself to anyone, or go through the hassle of trying to order Paleo items on restaurant menus. I built up steam that way and was able to see how awesome it was without anyone else trying to knock it down. Now, when I do happen to eat with Paleo, I'm still really proud of what I eat. I still hate eating Paleo in restaurants, and I try to avoid eating out - which would probably be harder if I was an extrovert and loooooved going out with people all the time!

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:03 AM

INFP/INFJ ...depending

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:49 PM

me too - though my 'depending' is the 'F' - sometimes it's a 'T'

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F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:53 AM

INTJ! Though I have somewhat broken out of the introvert shell with my sarcastic personality. Or perhaps it's just my way of dealing with the stupidity in the world...

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Another certified INFJ.

Does anyone suspect it may have to do with the fact that eggheads are attracted to this diet?

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:29 AM

introvert represent. INFJ.

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on April 12, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I'm an ENFJ. My personality type was checked when I was 8, and every few years it was done again. I did it again recently, to check, and I'm still an ENFJ. Always will be, probably. :)

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Ac1be7d044a82c85cee039f3435a550f

(150)

on April 12, 2013
at 07:02 AM

INFJ here too. We can practically hold a party! Just as long as we don't need to be in the same room...

Then again, selection bias here. Online forum with proper discourse will already skew towards IN. Plus, us FJs are "weird" enough that we see "normal" for what it is: something that what many people do. No surprise that we're more open to exploring other schools of thought.

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on April 12, 2013
at 06:24 AM

Introvert. Definitely.

ISFJ/ISFP, depending on context. Probably more ISFP these days.

Am I really the only S-type here?!

I think I've found that online presence probably selects for more introverts than extroverts. My personal experience has shown that the extroverts are more comfortable spending their time NOT at home at the computer, particularly in a social context. Introverts, I'd think, would find socialization/communication in the online realm more agreeable to them (ie. can pick and choose what conversations you really want to be a part of, can take the time to formulate thoughts, etc.).

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on April 12, 2013
at 06:08 AM

I just did the test now to find out as I haven't done it in a while... I'm ENTP, but according to the results I am 1% E and T so have marginal or no preference over extroversion/introversion and thinking/feeling. Interesting. The results have only slightly changed since when I did it over a year ago and I was ENFP then.

I guess it seems quite right for me as half the time I consider my self and extrovert and half the time im an introvert! :)

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on April 12, 2013
at 05:38 AM

I think forums select for introverts because they give you time to sort out a reply instead of having to speak immediately as you do face to face, and for Ns by relating topics under larger headings and collecting topic headings into a big-picture forum topic, and besides a lot of S types might be put off by the typos on forums. I think they select for thinkers because it's hard to really show your feelings or be deeply personal in a typed format. And they select for Ps because a thread can go on and on indefinitely. At least most forums are like that. So over time the longest-involved, most-frequently-posting members would tend to be INTPs. But I'm an extravert myself. I need time alone, but I process many thoughts interactively with the world, so I need feedback too. Extraverts become confused and foggy-headed if there isn't enough interaction.

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747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

on May 22, 2012
at 04:20 AM

INTJ (or was it P?) There seem to be a lot of both on this thread!

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(610)

on May 22, 2012
at 04:33 AM

But I'm an extrovert on Twitter

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:05 PM

I've always considered myself an introvert and, like others have mentioned, I get much more energized by alone time. I enjoy hanging out with friends, but I get completely exhausted if it's for an extended amount of time. I'm good with one--MAYBE two--other people, but any more than that and I feel overwhelmed. I've always avoided conflict and been pretty much unable to disagree with others. I've got what others find to be an annoying habit: I'll tell you what I think you want to hear, but then I'll go and do whatever I want to do no matter what was discussed...I guess I'm stubborn, lol...

I recently took a Predictive Index survey and it, surprisingly, told me I was more of an extrovert. After thinking about it (for several days), I realized that I have been more outgoing lately.

Perhaps we do have cyclical personalities, but I am sure my extroverted side started to make itself known after I began a more paleo style of eating. I find I am more sure of my own decisions, require less time to work through all the details, I am more willing to voice my opinions, and I face conflict instead of shying away from it. Yes, people in general still exhaust me, but I'm no longer a pushover who avoids conflict at any cost.

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332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

on June 27, 2011
at 11:46 AM

I used to think I was a beautiful, unique snow flake until I discovered the ENTP personality profile. Then I realized I was not unique, but I WAS awesome, just like the other ENPTs.

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2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

on June 26, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Wow! Lots of introverts, and N - intuitives, which makes sense I suppose, since N's like to see the big picture and the philosophies & how things relate!

ENFJ/ENFP here!

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(4878)

on June 26, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Ns actually are into change, it is the E personality that focused on the big picture. Ns hate policies and being told they "must" do something. They look to change (notice I didn't say improve) current policies and procedures.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Sorry, Marie, I think you're a bit confused - I know the MBTI like the back of my hand! Those that hate policies & rules sound more like P's than Ns. And it is N's that are into big picture. E's are about Extroversion - how to you get energized. From the Meyers-briggs website: "Intuition (N) .... I like to see the big picture, then to find out the facts. " http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:03 PM

From that E vs I is about do you prefer outer world or inner world. S vs N is basic information vs intrepret & add meaning. F vs T make decisions by reason/logic or feelings/values. J vs P get things decided/structure or stay open to new info & options.

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(4878)

on July 01, 2011
at 09:06 PM

PaleoLady, Read Please Understand Me II. This is THE personality typing text and will explain the differences more clearly than reading condensed websites. The N personality is about evolution and change where as the S, its opposite, is about foundation building and stability. (And for the record, I've consulted Nationally and Internationally to corporations having departmental differences due largely to the conflict between N and S types.)

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on April 12, 2013
at 06:38 AM

I can agree with the "departmental differences" thing. I find this in relationships. I have a hard time with close personal relationships with N types. Not that I can't love them (some of my best friends are N types), but oh my gosh, pair an N type with general immaturity and it drives me (strongly S-type) up the wall. :)

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I'm an INTJ, borderline INTP. I think it's fascinating, given the career recommendations for those two types (see chart), that I work in the legal profession doing design/publication work. Comforting to know that apparently, I picked the right career!

are-you-an-introvert-or-an-extrovert?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:20 PM

INFJ that's me hmmm... I'm a storekeeper/entrepreneur so I should be ISFP, but when advising women what dress looks good on them I guess I am more of a Priest/counselor. Ha!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Nah - the 'N' means you can just 'know' what looks best overall - I bet you even feel it in your gut when you look. The 'S' would make you good at seeing at all the 'parts' - the buttons, the color, the hem, the stitches, the pockets, the pleats... but not help so much with the the whole thing at once.

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B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

on June 26, 2011
at 02:32 PM

INTP. Almost always, even on tests that have unusual questions.

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Ef228708abd5f082f633b1cd1d64eee1

(892)

on June 26, 2011
at 02:05 PM

INTP. I was on the cusp of P/J though....

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9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on June 26, 2011
at 10:31 AM

INFJ from birth.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Me too! I always thought I was INTJ so maybe this is a new phase.

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on June 26, 2011
at 09:03 AM

NTP, sometimes E and sometimes I, depending on what job I have at the moment and how many people it brings me into contact with. (I've had several positions and the MBTI seems to be a popular team-building activity so I've also done the MBTI several times.)

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8657342b88d02087bb3b96bc72568b69

on June 26, 2011
at 07:55 AM

ENFJ. Overall, the Paleo folks I know are all pretty much extroverts. I think you have to be to withstand the bull crap you get from others when bucking CW. :-)

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:48 AM

Thirty years ago i was ESTP, but now somewhere between ISTP and INTP

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F62f4a0f312d04accb83e24f46c93a8a

on June 26, 2011
at 05:23 AM

ESFP! Represent!

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Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:54 AM

INFP, becoming closer to the center on all dimensions. When I first took the test years ago, I was off the chart INFP.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Another here. I'm 'center' for the I and the F - my N and P are 'off the chart' still.

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1fdc9f2e203b8fd289aab44ff8f94e6d

on June 26, 2011
at 04:44 AM

Wow, impressive number of INFJs in here (myself included) for being the rarest personality type group. :)

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 26, 2011
at 02:57 PM

+1 as an INFJ/P I am floored by the disproportionate showing here.

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B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on June 26, 2011
at 04:42 AM

Introvert. INTP/INTJ.

It's somewhat uncomfortable for me to have to order everything special at a restaurant, and to have to send it back when it's wrong (which I'd say it is at least 50% of the time). I'm not looking forward to trying to get a edible meal at our Department luncheon next week.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on June 26, 2011
at 04:27 AM

I am an extrovert for sure. I feel that it is independent of diet...

ENFJ (But also INFJ)

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