If you have never taken the test, here is a link to a quick version that seems pretty accurate: (Just click on the reading introvert below to open the test in another window.)
Introverts sometimes, okay almost always, come across as defensive, perhaps because introversion is usually considered to be a negative trait. I find that I am very hard on myself, as well, for being introverted. I want to be more consistently outgoing, but I also know my own limits.
I like with what psychologist Laurie Helgoe has to say about introverts: "Often confused with shyness, introversion does not imply social reticence or discomfort. Rather than being averse to social engagement, introverts become overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave a party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on."
By the way, the thing that led me down this path today was a link to an article on Facebook, "Five Ways to Annoy an INFP." (Click on the eye rolling emoji to go to the article.)
My challenge for you today is to take the Myers-Briggs test and post the results in the comments section of this blog along with a brief statement of agreement or disagreement.
You might also want to investigate famous people who have your same personality type. I have linked my contemplative portrait below to others with INFP personalities. It was indeed interesting to me to see that I am often drawn to the writing and art of those who have my same personality!