7 Signs You’re an Ambivert, not an Introvert

Have you ever felt that “introvert” or “extrovert” doesn’t fully describe you? Do you feel that your introversion fluctuates often, depending on the people around you or the time you interacted with people?

If you don’t stand out on one side of the spectrum, you’re probably an ambivert.

Here are 7 signs that you’re an ambivert!

1) You Enjoy Socializing, You Just Need Downtime Afterward

Do you like parties? How’d you spend your time at a party?

Extroverts love being around people at parties, conversing from person to person without needing to take a break to recharge; Introverts usually don’t enjoy parties as much, usually sticking with a familiar face or a group of friends the entire night.

Ambiverts, on the other hand, can channel their inner extrovert and talk with lots of different people. They have fun with new and familiar faces, but they may also spend some downtime with their friends (or alone) to recharge before immersing themselves in a crowd once again.

2) You’re Good at Managing People

Do others turn to you in times of a crisis?

Depending on the situation, both introverts and extroverts can become good leaders.

According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review on a pizza delivery chain, an extroverted leader with passive employees tended to bring more success to a business. But they had lower profits when employees were more proactive.

On the other hand, a business had better profits when proactive employees were under more introverted management.

This is good news for ambiverts, who can now show introverted or extroverted characteristics based on their employees’ needs and adjusting to their team.

3) You’re Easy To Get to Know

Is it easy for you to get a conversation going with a stranger?

It’s hard for introverts to open up immediately at the start, unlike extroverts, who can start a conversation fairly easily.

Ambiverts fall somewhere in between – they wouldn’t mind starting up a conversation with someone they don’t know, but they also aren’t known for being the center of attention or having an outgoing personality.

Ambiverts can easily guide the conversation and make it a fantastic time for both themselves and their new friend. Does that sound like you?

4) You Work Well in Solo and Group Settings

Would you rather work alone on a task or collaborate with others?

Introverts tend to enjoy working in solitude, but they can often have difficulty sharing their thoughts in a group setting. Extroverts work well in group settings, but they may not be as motivated to perform when they’re by themselves.

Ambiverts fall in the sweet spot between introverts and extroverts: thriving in both settings. They can make great facilitators, helping introverts speak up in group settings. They can also be great at channeling their inner focus when doing work alone.

5) You’re A Good Listener and Communicator

Introverts are known to be excellent listeners, whereas extroverts are great at articulating their thoughts.

Ambiverts take bits of both personalities. They know when to talk and when to listen, and they can usually pick up on what others want or need to hear, making them great mediators.

6) You Know When To Trust People

Do you think that your gut feeling is almost always correct?

Introverts have a difficult time opening up, often keeping distance between themselves and others before fully trusting them.

Extroverts are sociable, but they may also trust others a bit too much at the start.

Ambiverts tend to be more discerning. They know how to make the other party feel at ease, and they know how to provide the right information at the right moment.

7) You’d Rather Have Your Weekends Packed

Would you rather have your weekends filled with activities or free from stress?

Whereas introverts would rather do their own thing and relax, ambiverts enjoy going out occasionally. Staying home for too long – although nice every once in a while – can drain them, and they would often find ways to socialize with people over the weekend.

Closing Thoughts

Do you relate to any of the signs above? Are there any that we have missed?

Let us know in the comments below. That’s all for now, Psych2Goers!

References

  • Sinrich, J. (Aug 4 2021) 10 Signs You’re an Ambivert. RD. Retrieved at https://www.rd.com/list/signs-youre-an-ambivert/
  • Goldman, R. (Nov 6, 2018) 5 Signs That You May Be an Ambivert. Healthline. Retrieved at https://www.healthline.com/health/health-ambivert
  • Koutsky, J. (Jul 28, 2021) Are You An Ambivert? Retrieved at https://parade.com/1224222/judykoutsky/ambivert-signs/
  • Gino, F. (Mar 16, 2015) Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics. HBR. Retrieved at https://hbr.org/2015/03/introverts-extroverts-and-the-complexities-of-team-dynamics

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