What Is An Ambivert and How to Find Out If You Are One

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Introvert this, extrovert that… Not a day goes by that I don’t see an article that talks about the problems that these personality traits face.

Things only introvert or extroverts will understand!” Well, what about the ambiverts? Wait?! What?!

I have been an extrovert for the better part of my life, or at least I thought I was. Come to think of it, maybe I’ve been an introvert all of my life? On the one hand, I thrive within the company of others. It energizes me, but THEN, it drains me. On the other hand, I also enjoy my quiet time alone to reflect, but THEN, I’m lonely and my thoughts are all over the place.

I never really “fit” into either category very well. Personality test results are always inconclusive for me. I appear to be all over the place. Well, it turns out that I am both an introvert and extrovert, or neither, depending on how you look at things. I’m not confused, I’m just an ambivert. The term “ambivert” may be new to you, but it may also define and shed some light on your own personality traits.

To simplify it, an ambivert is a person who has both introvert and extrovert qualities and may bounce between the two. Sounds a tad bi-polar, right? It can seem that way sometimes, but honestly, it’s more of a need for balance.

The ambivert loves social settings and being around others, but we also need our solitude. Too much time on either the introvert or extrovert side will make us moody and unhappy. Balance is the key for us ambiverts!

Understanding the Ambivert

An ambivert is rather balanced for the most part, or at least we try to be. We seek social settings and the company of others and do so quite well. We aren’t overly loud and aggressive like the extrovert can be, but we enjoy being outgoing and do so on our own terms. We also enjoy our solitude but aren’t quite as extreme with it as the introvert. We need both settings rather equally to be fully happy.

As I mentioned above, we don’t function too well in either direction for extensive amounts of time. When this happens, we are a mess. Again, we need balance.

With that being said, the ambivert can sometimes be a confusing to others. Having both traits, we can sway too far in either direction rather easily. Our behaviors are likely to change with the situation, and we can easily become “unbalanced.” We enjoy doing something… until we don’t. These behavior “fluctuations” are a result of our need to find and stay balanced.

Because we are “in the middle”, we are flexible creatures.

We have our personal preferences, of course, but we adjust pretty well in most situations (as long as we don’t stay there too long and get bored or unbalanced). We can work well alone or in groups. We can take charge or step down when the situation calls for it. We also have game plans in order for most things or potential problems that may arise.  On the downside, this level of flexibility can cause us to be indecisive.

An ambivert also has a pretty good understanding of people overall and different surroundings/settings. We are highly intuitive and can sense the emotions of others while likely being able to relate to them in many ways. We aren’t afraid to talk, but we also like to observe and listen. We are likely to know when to help or stay back.

The truth is, personality goes way beyond a simple label.

Having some understanding of the different traits can help you to know yourself and others better and perhaps make you more successful in your daily life. So, if you can relate to the above, you just may be an ambivert too.

Do you think you might be an ambivert? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Amie Moses

Amie is a full-time student of Psychology and she holds a degree in Natural Science as well. She is a blogger, photographer, and musician. She is completely fascinated by the human mind, (especially personality, perception, and consciousness studies) and the physical as well as the metaphysical universe. She is a seeker of knowledge and of “self” and she loves to help others on their quests as well.




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43 Comments

  1. Morgan December 16, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Interesting article. The comments about the test being biased caused me to skip it – And I’ve scored right in the middle of intro-extro the 2 times I was formally tested in Myers-Briggs, 15 years apart. So I appear to be an ambivert.
    My company encourages and rewards me for work that I accomplish (volunteer leadership) by using my intuition and sensitivity with people. I’m praised for my empathy – but get drained from doing a lot of this work without a break.
    Not psychic, but I sometimes appear so. I understood at a young age that I had a gift, and a choice to use it for good, or for ‘evil ‘ – and good won out. Just today someone noted my communication style, and capacity to bridge all points of view.
    And astrology? Damn my scientific scepticism – I’m also a Libra.
    If the shoe fits…?

  2. SpartanWar118 January 29, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I think with what i’ve learned here, i’m either an introvert with a little bit of extrovert
    or an Ambivert biased towards introvertedness
    Because i find myself at night alot just brainstorming
    Even while playing games in the middle of the day a few thoughts are always whirling around
    But then i like to share what i learn with close-ish friends
    And i love this big game of personalities, although unlike an actual game, i can’t quick-save and drive people mad
    But that doesn’t bother me, i still like learning about it

  3. andiswa Mthetwa February 2, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    for as long as i can remember i thought of my self as an extrovert but something was not right i somehow had introvert features … i thank you for this article

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