On the Myers-Briggs personality inventory, I score as an E/INFP. That E/I stands for extrovert/introvert. Last time I took it, I was perfectly balanced. I think, in general, the introvert is actually a bit stronger in me, but this seems like a pretty accurate description of who I am.
I can be a solitary person, who takes a lot of time to think about things and really figure out what I want to say before I say it. But I can also be a social person, who likes to talk about my problems aloud and come up with a solution that way.
I've said before that one of the ways that this manifests is that I like parties, but I don't like to throw them at my house because when I'm done with the party, I want to just leave. Last night, I figured out another way that this manifests in party situations. I like to go to a party and sit amongst people and just watch and listen. Sometimes, I will contribute, but not often. So long as I don't force myself to interact too much, then I'm okay.
The party was a networking event for the Women's Therapy Center...and the other thing that probably made it a bit more tolerable is that most therapists tend to be pretty introverted, as a group. And, of course, I know these people really well.
Anyway, I'm tired this morning, and I have to head off to see some clients.