Are You an Ambivert? (Test)

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The question of whether someone is an introvert or extrovert seems to be a common topic of discussion, but it’s rare to hear people being asked about being an ambivert. An ambivert is someone who possesses traits of both introversion and extroversion, and it’s surprising that this term isn’t more commonly used given that research conducted by Adam Grant has found that two-thirds of the population fall into this category.

People who don’t have a dominant introverted or extroverted personality can sometimes feel confused, particularly if they’re not aware that it’s possible to have a healthy balance of both. By taking a test, individuals can discover whether they identify as an ambivert and gain a greater understanding of their core characteristics.

According to psychologist Carl Jung, it’s rare for humans to be purely introverted or extroverted, and most people exhibit qualities of both personality types. However, some individuals may have a more pronounced preference for one over the other. In his book “Psychological Types,” Jung describes a third group, which he calls the “less differentiated normal man.” This group, which is the most populous, falls somewhere in between the two extremes and exhibits traits of both introversion and extroversion.

Unlike introverts or extroverts who have a dominant personality type, ambiverts possess equal qualities of both. This means they have the ability to tap into the strengths of either personality type whenever they need to.

To help illustrate where an ambivert falls on the personality spectrum, it’s useful to first provide a brief explanation of introverts and extroverts. This way, we can better understand how an ambivert fits somewhere in between the two.

Introverts are introspective, and they recharge their energy internally (when they’re alone) by going within. They prefer calm, peaceful environments where they can think clearly and feel deeply without interruption.

Extroverts recharge their energy externally, when they are around other people. They prefer active, loud, busy environments where they can connect and exchange energy with others and be emotionally and mentally stimulated through their external environment.

Ambiverts can recharge their energy alone or when they are in high-stimuli social situations. However, when they are among gatherings of people, they prefer to communicate in very small groups, one-on-one, or to be alone with their thoughts. They are equally charged when in calm, peaceful environments, as they are when they are in high-stimuli ones.

A “people-watcher,” who sits in a busy café—in the middle of a vibrant city, watching the world pass them by—is a good example of how ambiverts recharge.

Introverts tend to be easily influenced, as they feel intimidated by aggressive, highly assertive energy. Extroverts are not easily influenced and have assertive, confident energy. Ambiverts are a mix and can be influenced by introverts or extroverts—however, when they need to, they are also capable of standing up for themselves and holding their ground against both introverts and extroverts. They have the intuitive ability of knowing when to speak out and when it is safer to stay quiet and maintain peace.

Introverts usually prefer soft, uncluttered, pastel-shaded visuals and silence or natural sounds that occur when outdoors with nature.

Extroverts tend to feel more at ease with vivid, bold external visuals, loud music and noisy gatherings, or the company of others for stimulation.

Ambiverts appreciate quiet and noisy environments, and they like being in crowded places—however, it is often so that they can blend in and not be noticed. They like to be out and about, but they do not enjoy being center of attention.

Unlike introverts, ambiverts are happy to be out and about in busy shopping malls and city centers. However, if they spot someone they know, they may try to avoid them. This is because they are only comfortable communicating when they feel fully at ease, and when they are either in familiar surroundings or in the company of people they trust and know well. Whereas, extroverts adore spontaneously bumping into people and will actively go out of their way to catch the attention of people they know.

Introverts rarely engage in small talk, and extroverts can small talk all day and night. Ambiverts find pleasure in both. They are content to politely communicate, as long as it is sincere, and they also gain immense enjoyment from deep, intriguing, intellectual conversations. Often, while ambiverts are conversing, they are also observing facial expressions, tone of voice and the general vibe they are giving off. They naturally maintain an equal balance of talking and listening.

Ambiverts can quickly shift their energy from high to low to match the energy of the person they are with. If they are around quiet, gentle and sensitive types, they will soften their energy—and when they interact with those whose energy is louder and far more expressive, they are also able to supercharge their energy to engage fluidly. This means they are able to relate to people well and form strong bonds within their friendships and relationships.

They are comfortable talking to strangers, although that is only if they are accompanied by friends they feel safe and secure around.

In some ways, ambiverts are like chameleons, as they are able to effortlessly alter their energy to adapt to their environment. In this situation, it is important for them to remain aware that this is happening, otherwise they may subconsciously mimic other people’s accents, mannerisms or body language.

Ambiverts are just as productive when in a team setting as when they are working alone. Ambiverts can party all night long, but when they return, they find themselves exhausted and may have to rest for a day or two afterwards to recover and rebalance their energy.

Ambiverts deliberate before coming to conclusions, and they may feel as though they are incapable of making decisions—or that they don’t know themselves very well. However, this is only because they do not have strong preferences between choices, as they are usually content with either option. For example, they love partying, but equally love staying in with good company, fine food and a fascinating movie. Their interests vary wildly, and so does their taste in music, clothes, food and the types of people they deeply connect with. Ambiverts are generally non-judgmental and open-minded, and they are willing to explore and experiment, so that their experiences are filled with variety.

Ambiverts tend to process their situations through introspection, but they also seek input from friends to gain a more complete understanding and put their thoughts, feelings, or circumstances into context. They strike a balance between their hearts and their minds, and they don’t allow either to dominate them for an extended period of time. Instead, they use both their emotions and their rational thinking to navigate the world around them.

While there are tests available to determine where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, there’s a simple way to figure it out; If different people in your life describe you as either an introvert or an extrovert, it’s highly likely that you’re not exclusively one or the other and it’s possible that you’re an ambivert. By taking note of how others perceive you, you can gain a better understanding of your own personality traits and tendencies.

Alex Myles

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