Almost everyone knows about introverts and extroverts. Extroverts enjoy being surrounded by people, while introverts treasure their alone time. (Well, this is quite a simplified explanation, but it'll do.) Less people have heard about ambiverts who possess the traits of both types. Here are six signs you might be an ambivert.
Sign #1. You try to find a balance between spending time with people and spending time alone. You don't feel drained after spending time with others and don't get bored while spending time alone – if you've found your balance. If you haven't, spending too much time around people makes you want to recharge, and spending too much alone makes you feel unproductive.
Sign #2. You don't like small talk, but it doesn't scare you. Most ambiverts don't really like engaging in small talk, but maintaining a meaningless polite conversation is not a problem for them, especially when it has the potential of growing into something meaningful.
Sign #3. You think that making decisions is hard. Most introverts like to make decisions themselves because they are prone to self-reflection. Most extroverts feel the need to share their speculations with other people before making the final decision. Ambiverts often cannot choose between the two options which leaves them confused. They tend to overthink and rely on other people's opinions too much.
Sign #4. Sometimes you feel like talking, sometimes you feel like listening. Extroverts generally like to be actively engaged in conversations, while introverts are happy to just listen. Ambiverts can behave differently in different situations. Sometimes they are active participants, and sometimes they just fade into background. It depends on the setting and/or their mood. Some people will describe an ambivert as sociable, and some would say they are quiet.
Signs #5. You are satisfied with your weekend plans more often than not. Whether you've decided to spend your weekend with your BFF or you are going to hang out with a large group of friends, you are happy. A weekend spent with people doesn't drain you out, and a weekend spent alone doesn't seem like a waste of time.
Sign #6. Neither your friends nor yourself can tell whether you are an extrovert or an introvert. Sometimes it is hard to determine which type of personality you belong to, so you can ask your friends. If they are confused when it comes to classifying you, you might indeed be an ambivert.
However, you need to remember that the boundaries between the categories are blurred. There are shy extroverts, talkative introverts and ambiverts who haven't found their balance yet. All people are different, and that's what makes life so interesting.
- How to Make Decisions, 7 Things to Remember If You Are Friends With an Introvert, 6 Things to Remember If You Are Friends With an Extrovert, How to Fake It 'Til You Make It