Ambivert | Hidden in plain sight

ambivert

/ˈambɪvəːt/

noun

PSYCHOLOGY

  1. a person who has a balance of extrovert and introvert features in their personality.
     

I’m sure there’s a high chance that somewhere in your life, someone asked if whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. For some, it might be easy to answer, but maybe you’ve found yourself uncertain at times. 

Your personality traits define how you associate the world around you. Personality traits develop at an early age and are established by early adulthood. Many things about you will change with time, but your personality, at its core, will remain the same.

An extrovert is someone who receives energy from being around people. They like to be out-and-about engaging with others. They may also be called a “people person”.

An introvert is someone who receives energy from peaceful reflection. They’re happy spending time alone. Often, they need some alone time to recharge after being around a few people.

Introverts are occasionally accused of being shy or antisocial, but those aren’t introverted traits. Someone who’s an introvert may enjoy people, but prefer small groups. They’re usually not a fan of small talk, preferring deeper and more meaningful conversations.

Now we get to ambiverts

Ambiverts are right between introverts and extroverts. 

There’s a great benefit of being an ambivert. Because they don’t lean too much to either side. It can also make them highly adaptable, depending on the social situation. This allows them to connect much easier and more deeply with a variety of people. 

If there are many people, no problem, flip the switch and you’re in ‘people mode’. 

Not many faces around today? Feel like a loner? No worries, you can enjoy this alone time just as much.

There’s an incredible strength of being an ambivert. You might have natural people skills, allowing to engage in small talk and have deep meaningful conversations, and you don’t mind being alone.

I’m sure there are many of you, after reading this, might say “that’s exactly me!”

Just like you, I never considered myself to be either an introvert or extrovert. I always knew I was somewhere in between, but was never sure if that was a real ‘thing’. Maybe I was just a very confused introvert. Until I stumbled upon the term ‘ambivert’ a few years ago. 

Here are a few signs that you might be an ambivert.

The ability to adapt behaviour

Adapting to the person or situation seems to come naturally to ambiverts.

Depending on the situation. Extroverts welcome small talk, while introverts will try their best to avoid eye contact in order to avoid any kind of human interaction. Ambiverts might analyse the situation depending on the person, then decide if they want to engage in the conversation or not.

I think there might be many introverts out there wishing they had the abilities of ambiverts only to have the courage and capacity to endure social gatherings.

Naturally empathetic

Most extroverts might jump right in and offer their solutions without hesitation, while an introvert might just sit there, listen, and take it all in. An ambivert on the other hand, as you might have guessed, takes a page from both books. They will listen to what’s being said, think it through and ask a few thoughtful questions in order to try and help.

Stabilizer

When there are a few introverts and extroverts at a gathering, they tend to stick to their own groups. An ambivert is usually the one who will join these two groups together. They have the ability to help introverts by making them feel comfortable by starting a conversation.

Good listener and communicator

Extroverts enjoy talking, and introverts prefer to observe and listen. Ambiverts know when to speak and when to listen.

You feel at ease in a social setting, but also enjoy your alone time

Ambiverts can feel high on life in a crowd or just enjoy a quiet evening on the couch.

Maybe a friend shows up at your house and says, “let’s go we’re going on an adventure”. Most extroverts will be out the door right away without hesitation. Introverts are likely to run away and build a pillow fort to keep these humans out. An ambivert will most probably evaluate the situation, consider the pros and cons, then make a decision. 

 

I’ve found that being an ambivert has helped me create a good balance in my life. Doesn’t matter what the situation, I’ll always be able to adapt to it.

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  1. I’m right here with you my new friend and fellow ambivert! I have always known I was neither a complete introvert nor extrovert, but I have never heard the term “AMBIVERT” until reading your post! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I tend to be more of an introvert, but when I was a high school teacher, I certainly needed to be more extroverted in order to keep my students engaged. I pulled it off so successfully that each year when I gave my students a Myers-Briggs test, they were surprised to learn that I am an introvert.

    Now, I’m a human resources professional, and I again need to be extroverted to keep my employees engaged. I can do it successfully, but as you mentioned in the article, it zaps my energy very quickly. It sounds like ambiverts are able to fulfill both roles without the energy depletion, and I envy that!

    Great article and interesting read!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

      That’s something I’ve brought up a few times – to explain the difference between being an extrovert and someone who has good communication skills. There are many introverts with good communication skills. Even better than some extroverts.

      Most people think that introverts are shy and don’t talk, and extroverts are always want to be in the spotlight and can’t keep their mouth shut.

      This is the biggest misconception. Like you, when you were a teacher, instead of being more extroverted you were focusing on your communication skills.

      The main difference between introvert and extrovert being – where do you get your energy from?

      Like you said, it drains your energy to be ‘extroverted’, which you aren’t. You’re still an introvert. You’re just being more social, and being social drains an introvert but will charge an extrovert 🙂

      Haha. Not quite. As an ambivert, it’s a love-hate relationship. Spending time alone charges and drains me. The same goes for being around people. I’m being charged and drained simultaneously.

      Example. An introvert will be drained by spending a lot of time with many people. An ambivert will be charged up to a point, then the draining starts.

      Then I’ll go and spend some time alone, which will charge me, up to a point then I need to be around people again.
      And so the cycle continues.

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    1. Hello fellow ambivert! 🙂 I’m so glad I could share it with you. I find it to be a really great dopamine word. Whenever it comes up in a conversation everyone is always interesting to hear more. Enjoy sharing it with others! 🙂
      I’m extremely glad to hear you enjoy my posts! It’s my pleasure 😀
      Have a great week!

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  3. I’m by nature sunshine outgoing. I have in this decade of disasters chasing a mate up found a good many years practice being ostracized alone… Like now I’ve a good hour more of blueberry coffee…oo…I need zero interruption. Lightly Reading. 🙂

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