Ambivertism : The 3rd Face of a Coin

Human beings are the most dynamically complex living organisms in earth. They polarize themselves in one category but they don’t realize their personality can vary depending upon the situation they are faced with. Like, a party-goer has his own insecurities; the quietest at work can be wildest at night. People are more likely to be themselves when they are in a comfortable environment.

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People on interview judge a person mainly based on an aspect…Is he an introvert or extrovert? The answer cannot be judged within those short spans of time. Infact, most people don’t fit in either category. Coined by Hans Eysenck they are entitled as an Ambivert. Ambiverts are those who exhibit qualities of both introverts and extroverts.

There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.

Carl G Jung

Jung stated introversion as an “attitude-type characteristics by orientation in life through subjective psychic contents” (or focus on one’s inner psychic activity).  Extroversion on the other hand was stated as “an attitude type characteristics by concentration of interest on the external object” (or the outside world).

Wherever you go, you are judged on this aspect. Many people cannot identify or categorize themselves in either category. Extroverts are drawn to people, they get energy from social gatherings and they are pretty outgoing. While Introverts are people who hate to be around lots of people, dislike drawing attention to them, seek solitude and prefer to be lonely. For an Ambivert, it depends on whom, where etc…

Science behind ambiversion:

Reactions to these environments are purely psychological. Extensive research has been taking place on the brain chemistry on the science behind the introverts and the extroverts. This can show us the way brain works in these different personalities. The activity of the brain mainly depends upon the neurotransmitter-dopamine which controls the brain’s reward and pleasure system. The brain’s feel good hormone, dopamine is responsible for our different personality, whose change in levels of stimulation in neocortex. Introverts tend to have high levels of stimulation which results in avoiding external social stimulation so that they may feel anxious or overwhelmed. Extroverts are those with low levels of stimulation. Extroverts tend to seek social simulation as they feel bored easily. Majority of the people’s natural stimulation level fluctuates but it won’t reach higher extents. Ambiverts are the people who sometimes may feel the need to seek out stimulation, while other times, they may avoid it.

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All people tend to move to the spectrum of being Ambivert at some circumstances. Like if you are exhausted being at party for the weekend, you prefer to be alone in your room reading a novel or watching some series. Sometimes you find your teammates too distracting, so that you prefer to brainstorm alone which is an introverted quality.

Depending upon the situation, context and people around them, Ambiverts tend to slide up and down between the spectrum of introversion and extroversion. This phenomenon is termed as Situational Introversion.

 

 

The SUPERMAN Ambivert:

-Adaptive: Ambiverts can be typically flexible to all environments and situations easily and with little effort. You can shift your personalities sometimes depending upon the energy level of the company you are in.

Stable: Ambiverts can offer a pretty good balance between hypersensitive introverts and dominating attitude of extroverts.

Intuitive: Daniel Pink said that ambiverts know when to speak up and when to shut up, when to inspect and when to respond, when to push and when to hold back.

People can be a major factor in determining ourselves like the people who can bring out the best in you and the people you dread to see.


Ambiverts are balanced between both personality being an introvert and an extrovert. Ambiverts has a pretty good understanding of overall people and different surroundings. When a topic of their interest comes up in conversation, they are more than happy to talk in great detail about it. Generally, they are always happy to meet new people, but they will be uncomfortable if they have to do it without any of their existing friends with them.

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When they are out in the world, they don’t take initiative in starting conversations with strangers. Their calmness, controlled professional self feels like a very different person to the one their friends see. They can often go out and have hours of fun being the life of the party, but suddenly find that their energy has dropped, and all they really want to do is go home. Some weekends, they just need to spend some time hanging out on their own. They are known to be quite intuitive and good at picking up signals that other people can miss. Often, they just find themself observing what’s happening around them. So to conclude, they love attention, but more often than not, they don’t want to be the person everyone is looking at.

So if you can’t figure out whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, maybe it’s because you’re actually an ambivert! In fact, your friends conflicting about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert are probably a very good sign you’re an ambivert. When you read things written about being an introvert, you start to relate…but then realize that you relate to the extrovert ones as well. That’s when you uncover that you are actually an Ambivert!!

 

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