Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Thoughts on being an 'ambivert'

Note the person at the bottom in the middle and suddenly the image becomes much bigger than you had imagined

There is a book called The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. It has a website, and on this website it invites you to do a quiz to see whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. I took the quiz, and what I hadn't anticipated was to be called an 'ambivert'. I'd never even heard of the word before. 

To explain what it means to be an 'ambivert' I turn to Forbes, who ran an article in 2013 titled 'Move Over Extroverts, Here Come the Ambiverts'. The author writes:
“The ambivert advantage stems from the tendency to be assertive and enthusiastic enough to persuade and close, but at the same time, listening carefully to customers and avoiding the appearance of being overly confident or excited”. 

A website called 'Inc.', which I think is for businesses also ran an article on ambiverts in October of this year, stating that ambiverts were more successful and influential than extroverts.

However I think there are negatives about being an ambivert that people don't often realise. For one it can leave other people confused as to your abilities and inabilities, to what you are comfortable doing and not comfortable doing. As an ambivert I think you will surprise others as more of a risk taker than expected. I also don't think ambiverts sit safely in the middle at all times swaying more towards introvert or extrovert at the drop of a hat. Some ambiverts will be closer to being an introvert and others will be further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum. Life is not binary.

It's all a bit confusing but I did find it fascinating to learn that there is such a personality type as an ambivert! Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


  1. I agree - life is not binary. I would say I'm definitely an ambivert. I consider myself an introvert but when the situation calls for it, I am the biggest extrovert. It's like my personality type has multiple personalities! Depending on the setting, I can be the most shy person you've ever met or the most excitable, talkative person. And as much as I like routine, I love taking risks every now and then!
    ~ Samantha

    1. I'm exactly the same! We are definitely ambiverts! Thanks for reading, we are obviously quite similar people!

  2. I'd never heard of an ambivert before but I am not overly surprised! I am most definitely an introvert, but can be brought out of my shell a little bit depending on the people I spend time with and the environment I am in.

    Emma |

    1. Me neither, very pleased to have found out about what it means though and glad I helped a couple of you guys :)


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