An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introvert and extrovert.
An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introvert and extrovert.

An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introvert and extrovert. They cannot be labeled as pure introverts (shy) or extroverts (outgoing). Omnivert is another word used for the same personality type, but both the words hold the same meaning.

Depending upon their mood, context, situation, goals, and people around them, ambiverts can switch to extroversion or introversion.

How to recognize if you are an ambivert?

With society dividing seeing people as either an introvert or extrovert, many of you must have wondered if you fit into any of them. There must have been a few instances when you behave like an introvert and some other times when you displayed the features of an extrovert. Therefore, it may be that you are an ambivert. To ascertain this, there are certain traits of an ambivert that can help you decide if you fall in between the extrovert and introvert spectrum.

  • You are comfortable hanging out with people and being in party-like situations. However, you limit yourself and stick to the deadline at a particular time.
  • You like discussions and like to chat, but you know your limits and cannot bear the banter that goes on for long.
    • You find pleasure in your solitude, but you also enjoy frequent contact with others. You are not the type of person who will go on indulging in picnics and partying all over the weekend. You will enjoy to the core on a Saturday but need your “ME” time on the next day (Sunday). If you’re pushed into being too social, you may feel exhausted.
  • You are comfortable being behind the stage at an event, but you won’t mind coming on the stage for brief periods. An introvert will be too shy to come on the stage, and an extrovert will look for opportunities to be there.
  • You may appear as a chameleon to others because you exhibit exuberance sometimes and may sound apathetic at other times. In short, people find that “air of mystique” around you.
  • You can be still and quiet yet will feel best when also given opportunities to get involved in novel experiences.

What are the advantages of being an ambivert?

Following are the advantages of being an ambivert:

  • Flexible: Ambiverts are typically adjusting the type of personalities. They can adapt to various situations more easily.
  • Stable: Ambiverts exhibit a stable nature. They strike a good balance between the hypersensitivity of some introverts and the domineering attitude of some extroverts. Therefore, people who do not like the over-the-top outgoing nature of extroverts and the extreme shyness of introverts can find the company of ambiverts comforting.
  • Intuitive: Ambiverts have a good sense of intuition about what can go right or wrong if they maintain a certain attitude in conversations. They know when to speak up or shut up and when to go ahead or take a back foot.
  • Profession: Ambiverts are often more social but practical in making decisions. They make good bosses and are good at pitching sales.

What problems ambiverts can face?

Although being an ambivert comes with some pros, it also has its cons.

The flexible nature of ambiverts which is one of their virtues can sometimes play against them. They may be fixated sometimes whether to say yes or no to someone. This might place extra strain on the ambivert. Keeping the balance is an asset, but it can also be annoying sometimes.

Because of the chameleon nature, people interacting with an ambivert may not know what would come next. Some may find it troublesome and off-putting.

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What is an introverted person like?

Around half of all people in the United States are known to be introverts. Some signs that indicate a person may be an introvert are as follows:

  • They need their surroundings to be quiet to concentrate.
  • They are reflective.
  • They are self-aware.
  • They take time to make decisions and often make decisions themselves, without requiring help or opinions from others.
  • They are comfortable being by themselves.
  • They prefer spending time with two to three people over a large group.
  • They prefer having a few close friends rather than having a big social group.
  • They prefer working alone over working in a team.
  • They prefer writing or texting over talking.
  • Being in a crowd feels exhausting for them.
  • They often daydream or get lost in their thoughts.
  • They tend to use their imagination to solve problems.
  • They usually turn to themselves and their mind to energize and recharge.

What is an introvert?

The exact cause of introvert or extrovert behavior is unknown.
The exact cause of introvert or extrovert behavior is unknown.

Carl Jung, a psychologist, began using the terms introvert and extrovert in the 1920s and categorized people into these two personality types based on how they get or spend their energy or how they dealt with their surroundings. Whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert depends on how they process and react to the world around them.

A typical introvert is a quiet calm daydreamer who talks less and enjoys being by themselves. Introverts feel more comfortable being by themselves, focusing on their thoughts, work, and ideas rather than what is happening around them. At most, they enjoy spending time with just one or two people they feel comfortable with, but they usually don’t enjoy large groups or crowds. They are often labeled as shy, quiet, or wanting to be alone. However, this is not always the case with all introverts. There is a lot to this personality type. On the contrary, extroverts are usually described as the life of the party. They are known to be talkative, outgoing, vibrant, enjoying attention, and thriving off interaction with others.

The exact cause of introvert or extrovert behavior is unknown. The brains of two personality types work a little differently from each other. Research has shown that introverts have a higher blood flow to the frontal lobe (the anterior/front part of the brain) than extroverts. Dopamine levels (a brain chemical) in introverts on exposure to crowds are low. Thus, introverts are not very happy in noisy surroundings. The frontal lobe of the brain helps reasoning, planning, problem-solving, speech, and performing multistep activities and is more active when they are alone or in quieter places. Introverts and extroverts have the same levels of dopamine, but they react differently to it. Having an introverted to extroverted personality may also be influenced by genetics and hormones.

According to Jung, the two personality types differ in how they derive or spend their energy. Introverts turn to themselves and their own minds to recharge, whereas extroverts seek out other people to fuel their energy. Basically, extroverts are energized by crowds and interacting with others. Introverts need their alone time to recharge and are more reserved. There are no good or bad personality types; they are just different and process things differently. Being an introvert or extrovert is not black and white. Most people fall somewhere on the spectrum between the two polar ends. Many people have characteristics of both personality types. One way to find one’s personality is to take a test, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or SAPA project.

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