Introversion/extroversion division was one reason, why I was never able to settle into one specific MBTI type (thinking/feeling being another one). My introversion scores were always high, because in some ways I'm a very private person, especially with concrete, physical, spatial limits. My lifestyle is definitely more introverted, if taken superficially as my professional interests (research) and how much solitary time I require. But what I do when alone is where Te comes out, I guess. I mainly gather knowledge, not empirically necessarily but from the written works, and analyze/organize it. I'm a very curious person, and I like to know a lot about people. It's not because I enjoy gossiping as such, but that I want to understand what that person amounts to and how he fits into the bigger picture I have of a certain situation or of the humanity in general. However, I have no interest in using that knowledge as a means for something else, and I'm not good at playing social games, nor do I like them. I just want to know, because knowledge makes me calmer. I'm also quite happy sharing information of myself, and I actually prefer overall openness in that regard, even if I realize that some information might be misused by others. If I realize someone is playing with me, I get confused, annoyed, lose interest and usually just leave. I'm a bit of a bore, admitted.
it has become a sometimes unbearably popular topic to talk about when it's obvious for me from the comments or the article itself that there are also a lot of misconceptions about the extroverts that other questionnable introverts do not seem to understand.
I relate to this sentiment.
And... Trying to make them see 'introversion' and 'extroversion' under a different light can be taxing and stressing, so I am just anxiously waiting for the release of the book, so that I can simply say: read it and after that, we'll talk about types again. When in Jungian circles (the jungian therapists I've known have some of the most unbelievable misconceptions - and not rarely prejudices based on misconceptions - about Types I've seen and are all mistyped as they have a serious misunderstanding not only about extroversion and extroversion but about all functions. I just wish I could effectively shed a new point of view onto them but they get skeptical when I try to explain CT and the existence of an empirical method of typing - yet they get curious and 'closed' at the same time, which reveals a sort of ambivalence that makes me hopeful ("Gimme da book!", Cookie Monster said). Even among Jungian Ne-leads (some who define their self-image and identity around being highly introverted and so, 'leading with an introverted function') I've found this resistance. Complicated. I hope the book is released soon and the translations too because as NingenExp pointed out, "it has become a sometimes unbearable topic to talk about"... and a topic that I like and find relevant. All the misconceptions and wrong labellings (especially when with hints of prejudice) feel painful to see and listen to but even worse is the resistance when trying to de-construct all that. •sigh•
I may be completely off-base here, but... the general consensus seems to be that in Cognitive typology, introversion and extraversion as general categories don't really apply...But why wouldn't they apply if viewed to be more about a person's interaction with the immediatespace surrounding his body? That is, I think there is a genuine "overall" introversion or extraversion in persons seen in their mannerisms (their CT vultological signals) that correlates to the attitude of their lead function. The extravert-leads seem very much "in" the space just outside their bodies, whether they are Je-leads or Pe-Leads, either directing/conducting it or moving about in it freely, while the introvert leads seem very much in themselves and moving about in/conducting that space/bubble rather softly/cautiously. Which I guess relates to what y'all have said (elsewhere) about the "boundaries" of the self? I'm still terrible at reading so I'm only putting this stuff out here to receive correction where I'm heading off a cliff in some way.