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Josiah Thomas
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Ambivert definition:An ambivert is someone who falls in the middle of the introvert/extrovert continuum. Ambiverts have a blend of traits from both introverts and extroverts, as well as their own unique strengths.



About 30% of HSPs are extroverted by nature, but they often get mislabeled as introverts. So, if you feel extroverted in general but still get worn out after going out too long, you might not be an ambivert at all. You could be a highly sensitive extrovert.

Some of you may have heard of ambiversion before. I hadn't until very recently, when our CEO Brian Halligan mentioned it in his INBOUND 2014 keynote. After doing a little research, I found out that I probably am one -- and you might be, too.

Put simply, ambiversion is a combination of introversion and extroversion. The word "ambivert" is defined in the Merrian-Webster dictionary as "a person having characteristics of both extrovert and introvert." In other words, they fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. The term itself isn't new: It was coined in 1927 by social psychologist Kimball Young in Source Book for Social Psychology.

So, to understand ambiversion better, we need to understand introversion and extroversion. The most widely (though not necessarily universally) accepted distinction between the two has to do with the environment in which a person draws energy: Introverts tend to recharge by spending time alone, while extroverts recharge by spending time with other people. The exact reasons for these differences have long been debated -- one study suggests extroverts have a chronically lower level of arousal, while another links the difference to dopamine levels in the brain.

According to the Washington Times, ambiverts have personality traits, likes, and dislikes associated with both extroverts and introverts. They are "socially comfortable and interactive, yet relish 'down time alone' more than extroverts and less than introverts. An ambivert can flow between both worlds with equal comfort, but not remain in others' company too long."

Truthfully, a lot of us probably identify as ambiverts. It allows those of us who are "somewhere in between" to not commit to a label that has been given a distinct reputation over time. It recognizes that many of the stereotypes tacked on to the "introversion" and "extroversion" labels -- for example, that extroverts like to be the center of attention and introverts are shy -- are really just tendencies; they're traits that are associated with, but not definitive of, one or the other.

Are introverts or extroverts smarter? More successful? Easier to work with? These questions are subjects of countless blog posts, newspaper articles, even books -- all of which have contributed to the terms' polarization. These sources all seem to focus on the working habits of the extreme personality types. But what about ambiverts, those who identify as somewhere between the two -- how do they stack up in the workplace?

In other words, the most productive salespeople are neither low nor high in extroversion -- they're ambiverts. In that three month period, ambiverts made 24% more in sales revenue than introverts and 32% more in revenue than extroverts.

That's good news for many of us. Although it seems to be popular nowadays to compare introverts and extroverts like apples to oranges, there is much more of a grey area between the two than many people realize. Eric Ravenscraft says it well: "The absolute worst thing you can do with either type is use a single word to define your approach." (So, naturally, someone came up with a single word to describe the ambiguous mixture of introversion and extroversion.)

The problem with this approach is that you could technically argue that all other personality traits could be ambi- as well. What about an Intuitive who has learned to keep their flights of imagination in check? Or a Thinking person who is more empathic than average? Or a Prospector who has learned to never miss a deadline in the corporate environment?

Sixty-nine midrange responders on the Introversion-Extroversion (IE) scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) were given an experimental measure to assess tendency toward ambivalence (i.e., both strongly introverted and strongly extraverted responses) vs. moderation (i.e., midrange responses), and degree of importance given to IE types of activities. The participants were divided into those showing ambivalence vs. those showing moderate responses, and into those reporting high vs. low importance of such activities. As was predicted, the ambivalent group showed significantly higher scores on the neuroticism scale of the EPQ, while the low importance group tended to show more psychoticism, but not to a significant degree. Both of the midrange scores were unrelated to the Bem Sex Role Inventory. Based on the findings, at least two groups are posited in the midrange of the IE dimension: an ambivalent group with mixed strong introversive and extraversive tendencies, and an ambiverted group with midrange scores.

Another possible explanation for more happiness among extraverts comes from the fact that extraverts are able to better regulate their affective states. This means that in ambiguous situations (situations where positive and negative moods are introduced and mixed in similar proportions) extraverts show a slower decrease of positive affect, and, as a result, they maintained a more positive affect balance than introverts.[91] Extraverts may also choose activities that facilitate happiness (e.g., recalling pleasant vs. unpleasant memories) more than introverts when anticipating difficult tasks.[92]

Someone who was in the middle would be a mild mixture of both, a neutravert, whereas I get the impression that the definition of an ambivert is that they represent a broad spectrum of the extroversion spectrum or that they are multiple points on the spectrum.

Thank you for the interesting article. I have always thought I was an introvert living as an extrovert. I have been in rock bands and am a host on TV but I prefer to be alone most of the time. I only turn up the chatter when needed. Glad to know I am a ambivert. You made my day!

The quiz told me I am an extrovert, but I most often feel like a social introvert. Despite enjoying smaller social gathering I feel drained at the end of the evening. Thank you though for enlightening me about the middle ground: ambiverts.

Many people self-identify as either an introvert or an extrovert, swearing by these labels. But in reality, these personality traits fall on a spectrum, rather than introversion and extroversion being mutually exclusive. The people who tend to consistently fall toward the middle of the spectrum are called ambiverts. Here's what we know about ambivert psychology and what are considered ambivert traits.

An ambivert is someone who has a balance of both introversion and extroversion, with the ability to lean more into one or the other depending on the context. For example, where introverts may prefer to listen while extroverts prefer to chat, an ambivert will likely have no trouble with either. They're 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," psychotherapist Ken Page, LCSW, tells mbg. All of us are located somewhere along the spectrum between introversion and extroversion, meaning we do have access to both sets of personality traits in varying degrees and forms. Even though you'll be assigned an "E" or "I" in your Myers-Briggs personality type, for example, everyone is actually somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.

Importantly, ambiversion is not the same as "anything goes." While ambiverts are flexible, they're not without needs. Often that means that lack of enough alone time or lack of enough quality time with others can feel exhausting. Again, the balance is the key.

Socially, ambiverts can thrive both in social settings and by themselves. It will vary greatly depending on any given day and what you're in the mood for. As such, "finding people who give space to who you are, in our friendships and intimate relationships," is very important, according to Page. "We need to be with people who are not rubbed the wrong way by our personality and offer deep nourishment to these roots of our being."

However, this flexibility can make it difficult to pinpoint what they might want or need. Ever made plans when feeling extroverted, but then the day comes and your inner introvert pokes its head out? This is a common occurrence for ambiverts, as their mood and desires can and will change. It's a gift to have this balance, Page says, but that makes it all the more important to be connected to our feelings and what actually feels good for us in the moment. "It's a matter of following our feelings in a more subtle way," he explains.

What Ingrid identified was the sometimes unnerving mix that she holds within her personality which makes her both an extrovert and an introvert. The blend of these two traits is sometimes referred to as ambiversion or omniversion.

There are a number of benefits to being an ambivert. One of those is the innate ability to adapt to situations easily. If you think of these qualities as a continuous spectrum, then the ambivert personality would fall right in the middle, emulating parts of both introversion and extroversion.

Médiatisé au début des années 2010, le terme ambiversion décrit les individus qui ne sont ni extravertis ni introvertis, mais plutôt un mélange des deux. Une personnalité flexible qui représenterait la majorité de la population.

Personality preferences, like Extraversion and Introversion, are often compared to being right or left-handed. It's something that's hardwired into your brain. But just because you're right-handed, that doesn't mean your left hand is useless. In fact, you could even practice using your non-dominant hand enough to become ambidextrous. However, that takes practice. 041b061a72


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