Posted by The4Blob (184.108.40.206) on July 24, 2003 at 09:48:12:
In Reply to: Re: shyness vs introversion posted by Lakhesis (220.127.116.11) on July 23, 2003 at 23:18:05:
> This is very interesting.
> I was an incredibly confident, precocious, clever, entertaining and funny child myself... Up until I started school.
> It scared me in a way I'd never been scared before, and I completely recoiled and turned into myself. My trust for people was destroyed- I always thought I was going to be beaten up or teased. I suddenly became the introverted one who clung to my teachers skirts at lunchtimes.
> I can't remember the dynamic of this- what happened and why. There's a part of me that's suspicious that perhaps some sort of abuse had occured just previous, or at the start of school. But the shift was incredible.
Fours as children "have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games" -- this must be common among 4s, we are very unique and often leaders as youngsters then "something happens" and we withdraw. Count me as another one. I personally think it's a loss of innocence somewhere, our families may accept us as little individualists, different (my family was quite proud of my little eccentricities and sometimes odd ideas), then we reach school age and at my school I was very unpopular and labeled "weirdo." Unlike other pluckier types (maybe 7s?) who would shrug off the negative feedback, I completely withdrew from socializing all through school.
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