Having now read the article in question, I just want to say a big question of mine has been laid to rest.
As a college freshman, I took the Myers-Briggs and came out as a solid ENFP. I was a Psych major, so I took the test several more times throughout my college career and ALWAYS scored solidly in the ENFP range.
Several years ago, I took it again during a battery of psychometric tests for another reason. It was shortly after my divorce. I was kind of surprised when I saw that my solid E had been replaced with a VERY solid I, but upon some self-reflection, I realized that indeed, it had been a very long time since I had behaved like or reacted to life in ways congruent with an extroverted personality.
I’ve since always felt a little like an impostor of an introvert. It was relieving just now to hear the author of the article discuss her transition from E to I. I’m not alone!
I think things changed for me when I quit drinking a few years ago.
Booze extroverted me, and I found it at a really young age. When I quit and was forced to face the world without “help”, I started to get to know who I really was. I realized how affected I was by others’ emotions and how much I hated parties, or crowds, or loud noise. Before, I’d LIVED in loud clubs and other places packed with sweaty bodies. I haven’t been to anyplace crowded in years.
I refuse to go to tourist traps like Disneyland and stand in lines for hours for 3 minute rides. I just don’t think anything about it sounds worth the trouble.
And no one can make me change my mind about that.
Because I don’t have to if I don’t want.