What’s an Ambivert...and Am I One?
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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? OR… are you kinda in the middle? (You’re extroverted but you don’t always want to be the center of attention, or you’re introverted but not interested in a completely solitary existence.) Turns out, there’s a third personality type that might better suit you. It’s called ambiversion, and here’s what you need to know.
What is an ambivert? Ambiverts fall somewhere between extroverts and introverts. They’re equally comfortable in a group of people and on their own. They enjoy a wide range of social settings and feel just as at home at a group dinner as they do eating solo.
Why is it good to be one? Contrary to popular belief, studies show that ambiverts--not extroverts--make the best salespeople. Reason being, ambiverts offer the best of both worlds, are socially and emotionally flexible and are able to express their opinions and beliefs without coming across as overbearing.
So are there any downsides? Toeing the line between introversion and extroversion can be tough, and ambiverts often have trouble deciding which part of their personality to favor. In these cases, this type of person benefits from staying flexible. In other words, you should go to the potentially career-advancing schmooze event but skip the afterparty in favor of a True Detective catch-up.