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Does anyone have any resources they could point me at about ADD and introversion? Or ADD and personality types in general?

I've done some looking around, but the ADD resources seem to think that all ADDers are extroverts, while the sites I can find that focus on Meyer-Briggs or other personality type systems seem to be pretty skeptical about the existence of ADD at all.

Date: 2012-12-03 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, I'm afraid I haven't got any of those. Though if there's a specific question, I'd be happy to take a shot at it.

Date: 2012-12-04 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
No specific questions, or at least, if I had any when I posted this I've forgotten them. :)

I've just noticed that a lot of my personality quirks that I've always blamed on the introversion could just as easily be blamed on the ADD. There are also some ways that I'm not a typical introvert, and those exceptions seem to map to ADD characteristics fairly closely.

In general, it seems like some elements of these two aspects of my personality reinforce each other while others cancel each other out, and I was hoping to find out if this matches other people's experiences or not.

Date: 2012-12-04 12:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
Ah. Well, people these day often do blame more on introversion than is warranted. After all, it is but one of the four axes Type uses, but most folks have little to no sense of what the others signify.

ADHD has been theorized to [sometimes|always] be a pathologization of N+P. The E would seem to be specific to the hyperactive variety, while Introversion seems more congruent with the inattentive variety.

(I think this theory is at least somewhat wrong, because it seems likely to me a very large percentage of people diagnosed with ADHD are S types, not N. But that said, I'm willing to grant that normal healthy ENTPs and ENFPs may be read as pathological and diagnosed erroneously as having ADHD. But then, so might any P type. So...)

What sorts of personality quirks were you thinking?

Date: 2012-12-04 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
There were two thing that I had in mind, one quirk and one exceptions.

The quirk: The way I get completely overwhelmed at gatherings where there is nothing to do except stand around and talk, but if I plan ahead and bring a small project that I can do while I'm chatting I'm usually fine. I could have sworn I posted about this ages ago, but I can't find it. In the past I credited the project with letting me take mini-breaks from the social (that is, an introversion issue). However, as I learn more about ADD an alternate theory has occurred to me. That is, that by siphoning my excess attention into my project I'm not wearing myself out by trying to follow everything that's going on around me.

The exception: I've always found people watching to be invigorating, as long as I wasn't expected to interact with them. So I'll go to NYC or anywhere else where there's lots of people doing lots of things, and I might come home physically exhausted, but mentally energized. The introvert reaction of "oh, god, too many people!" only seems to kick in if I have to spend lots of time talking to them.

As for my MBTI - I haven't been officially tested since middle school, but I was an INTP then. When I take a online quiz version I always get IT, usually N, and get P slightly more often than I do J.

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