Some types, like the ENFP and ENFJ personality types, report needing a lot of downtime to process their experiences. Other types, like the INFJ and INTJ, tend to be socially proactive and often start up conversations with others. You will find that some types, like the ESTJ and ESFJ, love being in the spotlight and are at their best when they are with large groups of people. So which types are the most and least extroverted, and why? This article will help you find out.
But first, let me remind you of one important Jungian rule: No person is 100% extroverted. No person is 100% introverted. Such a person would, in Jung’s own words, belong in the lunatic asylum.
What makes you extroverted or introverted?
Extroversion in Jungs point of view is quite easy: the extrovert is mainly interested in the outer world of objects, things, people, living things, patterns, opportunities and experiences. The introvert is mainly interested in the inner world of theories, memories, personal intentions and rational explanations. I believe the introvert perceives the inner world as a safe refuge. Theories or memories can help them navigate and understand better and clears up confusion. The extrovert perceives the outer world as more stable and secure: the hope for the extrovert is to find evidence, data, clues, and information that will answer your questions.
But other factors, like feeling and thinking, intuition and sensing, and perceiving and judging can make the question more complex. Judgers are often mistyped as extroverts because they tend to take more initiative in social situations and are more likely to start up conversations and to intervene in their environment. They want to manage or guide the world, which means they are forced to engage with it somehow.
Feelers are often seen as more introverted because they daydream so much. Sometimes when you try to talk to a feeler, you will feel they are not listening because they are busy processing past experiences. Sensors may see iNtuitives as introverts because they are less likely to be high sensation seekers. They may like going out, but not as often as the sensors. And we have all seen when iNtuitives all of a sudden go dark or disappear into some abstract project. It happens more often than you think.
The Extrovert vs The Introvert
Score up the points and you will find four levels of extroverts and introverts. The middle eight can essentially be seen as stereotypically ambiverted. The ENFP and the ISTJ are complicated exceptions. The ENFP is an extrovert with hobbies that are seen as stereotypically introverted. They have their values that are seen as typically personal, and a control style that is stereotypically seen as passive. The ISTJ is an introvert with hobbies that are usually associated with extroverts, and values that are common in extroverts, and a control style that is associated with proactiveness and social proactivity. If I would put one type who is right in the mid-line, the most ambiverted of all ambiverts, it is the ENTP personality type.
The nature of extroversion and introversion
Stereotypical introversion to me is to be subjective: all the traits I mentioned in the earlier infographic as introverted are subjective traits. A subjective trait is a trait that has little to no basis in reality. So where do these traits come from? The best answer is: From the self. From ones subjectivity. An iNtuitive does not pull the answer from the world but invents it.
A feeler does not base their values on objective fact but rather on the subjective factor. What I am saying here is that while the ENFP is an extrovert, they are also one of the most subjective types. ISTJs on the other hand may be introverts, but they are also along ESTJs one of the most objective types. ESTJs are the most objective of all personality types, and INFPs are among the most subjective of all personality types.
There are however many other factors of personality and individual variations that may make an extrovert appear less extroverted. Health, personal variations, development, and enneagram may also connect to this. How strong is your extroversion or introversion? Take the personality test to find out. Share the article and continue the discussion on our forum.