Are you an ambivert?
Ambivert = a person with a balance of extrovert and introvert features in their personality. They are also known as Omnivert.
Where introverts prefer to listen while extroverts prefer to chat, an ambivert will likely have no trouble with either.
They are flexible. An ambivert’s propensity for introversion and extroversion can change depending on individual needs in any given moment or situation.
Almost all of us are ambiverts to some degree! So if you have ever done a Myers-Briggs test, it is not entirely correct; there is a spectrum.
Where do you sit on this scale of more introvert or more extrovert? Perhaps you are right in the middle.
The idea of introversion and extroversion first came from Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung in the early 1900s. He believed some people were energised by the external world (extroverts), and others were energised by the internal world (introverts).
Benefits to being an ambivert
While it may seem like there are only upsides to being an ambivert, this personality can come with its challenges.
Ambiverts are very flexible and adaptable to different situations and people.
They make great salespeople with the ability to listen and the ability to get to know the person they are selling to. Ambiverts know how to interact with different personalities and can relate to many others.
The balance of extroversion and introversion makes them less likely to experience the downsides of either. Such as missing out on interpersonal connections (introverts) or lacking an inner connection to themselves (extroverts).
However, this flexibility can make it difficult to pinpoint your wants and needs.
Have you ever made plans when feeling extroverted, but the day comes, and your inner introvert pokes its head out? This is common for ambiverts, as their mood and desires can and will change.
While this balance is a gift, it is vital to be connected to our feelings and what feels good for us at any moment and to follow our feelings.
Ambiversion requires a lot of self-awareness to honour your feelings, whether that means reaching out to others or finding solace in your thoughts.
We all should tune into ourselves and find out what nourishes us most, regardless of where we are on the ambivert spectrum.
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