Extrovert, Introvert, Or Ambivert?

I Enjoy People

Being with people energizes me, especially if they are those with whom I enjoy close relationships. That's me in the apron, enjoying my nephew and our friend to celebrate Christmas
Being with people energizes me, especially if they are those with whom I enjoy close relationships. That's me in the apron, enjoying my nephew and our friend to celebrate Christmas | Source

Keeping My Balance between Extroversion and Introversion

Trying to decide if I'm an extrovert or an introvert is like trying to decide between eating my favorite pizza or dining on quinoa chicken salad. I don't want to have to choose one over the other for all time. I want them both as my needs change. I want balance in my life. I need to leave my "hermit's cave," where I write, to go out into the world and interact with others. But then I get to a point where I must go back to the "cave" and find the solitude I need to organize my thoughts and start writing. I can't operate in a vacuum. But I could not accomplish anything creative without solitude. I believe I'm an ambivert.

Ambiverts Enjoy It All

Ambiverts can enjoy solitude with their introvert tendencies.
Ambiverts can enjoy solitude with their introvert tendencies. | Source
Ambiverts and Extroverts can both enjoy a social gathering. This was a group socializing after an outdoor wedding.
Ambiverts and Extroverts can both enjoy a social gathering. This was a group socializing after an outdoor wedding. | Source
At an art exhibit opening at Studios on the Park, I'm definitely an ambivert. I get energy from the people and the art, but still partially hide behind my camera.
At an art exhibit opening at Studios on the Park, I'm definitely an ambivert. I get energy from the people and the art, but still partially hide behind my camera. | Source
This is a political meeting at a local pizza parlor. I wanted to go because of the content of the meeting (and the pizza), but not much was demanded in the way of social interaction.
This is a political meeting at a local pizza parlor. I wanted to go because of the content of the meeting (and the pizza), but not much was demanded in the way of social interaction. | Source

An Ambivert? What's That?

An ambivert is someone like me who doesn't completely fit the common profile for an introvert or an extrovert. The experts seem to agree that extroverts seem to function best and enjoy life more when they are not alone but with others. They like to party more than they like to read or write. They are usually the ones who are the life of the party. Introverts require solitude to mull things over, prefer jobs where they can work alone and concentrate, and don't like small talk. They prefer a small gathering of friends to a big party. They like to curl up with a book more than they like going out just to go out. These are, of course, generalities. I don't fit either of these profiles completely. Neither does my husband.

Both of us have introvert tendencies. We both like to read, carry on in depth conversations, and hate small talk. Neither one of us is the partying type, and we prefer to be with smaller groups of family or close friends than a bunch of people we hardly know. We like to feel there is some purpose to going out besides to just "have fun." We're both homebodies at heart, and would not go out just to go out.

We also have extrovert tendencies. When my husband is in a group of people, he does draw attention to himself. At the gym, he's the class clown at his water aerobics class. I used to love public speaking and hamming it up when I taught Sunday School. We have both led small discussion groups and I taught in schools for a few years. We are small scale political activists, but both of us hate sitting through long, boring city council meetings and county board meetings just to keep elected officials accountable. No communication there. They don't listen. Neither of us has a problem introducing ourselves and joining in conversations if at a convention or training session where we don't know anyone else.

If I had to classify us, I'd say my husband is an ambivert leaning toward being an extrovert. I would be an ambivert closer to introvert on the continuem. Both of us need social interactions with people outside the family to help energize us, but he needs it more often than I do. I have to be dragged out to go to church social events, but when I get there I join in and have a good time. Yet I will go eagerly to Studios on the Park to talk to the artists there for a few minutes or attend an exhibit opening, and have no problem going alone. On the other hand, I hide behind my camera when I'm there, and use the event to gather writing ideas. I come away from both the church social and the artists' reception energized.

When I write, I want to be left alone to concentrate. But when I go for a walk, although I can enjoy it alone if I take my camera, I would much rather go with someone I can talk to while I walk -- and not on a cell phone. It's a sign that you're an extrovert if you like to talk to clarify what you think or if you often talk before thinking things through. I like to talk to someone when I am frustrated or upset, and if I talk through a problem as someone listens, that sometimes almost solves it or, at least, crystalizes it in my mind to make it easier to solve. That works better for me than the introvert's tendency to journal it or just sit and think it over. However, when it comes to communicating ideas to other people or trying to share information, I'd much rather write it because it gives me more time to organize and evaluate my thoughts. That's what introverts like to do.

Another extrovert tendency I have is that my interests often have more breadth than depth. I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none" type. But when I have a burning interest in something, I will try to research it or learn it. So that means I also have introvert tendencies when I take the time to research something and think it through. That makes me an ambivert when it comes to interests.

Some who study personality like to measure introvert and extrovert tendencies on a scale between one and ten. A one is a full-blown introvert, and a ten is a definite extrovert. Most people fall somewhere in between. When I took one of the quizzes available on the Internet, I scored at 4.9. I think that fits. I am quite happy to work in solitude, but then I'd like some interaction with others. I prefer to share meals with another person, enjoy interacting in some depth with others, and would rather write than talk. I don't like to be interrupted when I'm working. I just went to another site and took two more tests, written by nerds. The result of one was that I'm 78% introvert. The other said I was 78% extrovert. It's good to take more than one test to classify yourself. I have written a couple below that reflect what I've learned writing this. Take both quizzes to see if the results match. Use the comments to let me know if you think the results did fit you.

According to the people who are supposed to be experts in such things, I have the best of both worlds. Ambiverts rock!

Are You an Introvert, Extrovert, or Ambivert?

Extroverts Enjoy Being in the Center of Things

My son Jason was definitely an extrovert. Here he is at his tenth birthday party at the beach.
My son Jason was definitely an extrovert. Here he is at his tenth birthday party at the beach. | Source

Are You an Extrovert, Introvert, or Ambivert?

Was I Always an Ambivert?

As I began to think about this subject, I remembered that my life has gone through some different stages when I seemed to lean more toward being an introvert or extrovert. This makes me wonder if environment can influence our personality type.

When I was a child, up until grade 10, I was more of an introvert. I was an only child for ten years, and was used to solitude. I was a bookworm, but did play with the neighborhood children sometimes. I also had imaginary friends or pretended I was some of the people I had read about in books. I skipped part of second grade and after that I didn't seem to fit with either my age group or my grade group.

In sixth grade I moved to a new neighborhood where I really did not enjoy playing with the neighbors. I was also the new kid at school and it was hard to make new friends. In junior high most of my social life was at church, but I really wasn't in any of the cliques there because I was too private a person to share my life with a gang. In high school though, I found a group where I fit and was a leader in it. I came out of my shell in high school and stayed out of it during college, where I loved dorm life and campus activities. I married right after graduation and we stayed in Westwood when my husband was employed there, so we kept contact with many of our college friends.

We moved when we did our graduate work, and when I went into teaching it wasn't my first choice. Our first apartment in Long Beach was in a small unit where the landlords, who also lived there, were somewhat like houseparents. They encouraged tenants to socialize with each other, and we did. We played cards often, just talked, and there were even apartment parties. I also enjoyed student teaching and my first teaching job at Poly High.

Then I was transferred and things changed. We moved into a dark apartment across from my new school so I could walk to work. We didn't know any of our neighbors, and my job was terrible. I was separated from the group of young teachers with whom I'd gone to graduate school and who had all gotten our first teaching jobs at Poly high. We had also carpooled together. At Jordan I was on my own. And I didn't like it. We moved again after that year and I was in a great church and in a much better school. Our church became like a huge family and we were the college sponsors. That often meant our house was full of college kids all weekend most weekends, and some of the students even slept there some nights. I thrived on it, though after I quit my teaching job I had most of my days alone and enjoyed that, too. When I had opportunity, though, I was still a social butterfly.

When we moved again, it was to a smaller town, but we immediately made close friends at church, and neighbors neighbored with each other. We had small group meetings every Friday night for years, and often took walks with our neighbors, picking up more neighbors as we went. I loved having people around, but still enjoyed some quiet weeknight evenings alone with my husband.

Our life changed again when we adopted our children. That really ended my times of solitude, except when they were at school. When we bagan homeschooling, solitude was pretty much out of the picture. But I still enjoyed my life. That happy time ended when my son, then 14, was killed in an accident. The people who gathered round us were a great comfort. But after a year we had to complete the move we'd already committed to just before Jason died. I was 50 when we moved to our present home in Templeton.

Templeton is a small town and our church is not community based. So we don't see people from church except on Sundays. I also started my business when I moved here and that took a lot of time. My nephew lived with us for part of a year, and we had a close friend we saw regularly, but he died six years ago. I spent most of my time since 1996, when I took my business on line, working on the computer upstairs, making my website, listing books, and selling and shipping them. It left little time for a social life. Our friend Rich was pretty much our social life, and when he died, that ended. We also had family responsibilities to our aging mothers, and that left little time for social life of any kind. My world became smaller, and I began to revert back to being an introvert.

It's possible that I am really more extroverted than introverted but never had opportunity to explore that part of myself because I lacked the opportunity until I was in high school. Then I became a butterfly until the last ten years or so, when I became so overwhelmed with work I didn't have any free time. I'm also less confident of myself socially than when I was younger. And maybe I'm just getting tired, since I'm now over 70. I enjoy solitude, but would not enjoy being a widow and living totally alone. I do not get bored very often when I'm alone and working, but I would be lonely for people if I didn't have some regular contact with at least one person. Perhaps I've always been an ambivert, and just moved up and down on the continuem between introversion and extroversion as changes occurred in my environment and opportunities to interact.

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Comments 66 comments

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh boy did this get me thinking..I am not sure what I am..On the computer I would say extrovert...but I am in control of when I am on the computer..in real life I am more introvert...valuing my quiet times..but I can be in between if pushed enough..my kids can pull the extrovert out of me...making me more fun..haha So if I had to guess I fall in between..leaning either way depending on the day. Very good article..I really enjoyed this one..

Sunnie


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Sunnie, introverts can be very chatty on the computer because they can think before they type and they aren't actually in the presence of those they were talking to. I suppose ultimately, it doesn't matter what type you are, as long as you are yourself and you are comfortable with it. Also, introverts do enjoy interacting with a few close friends and family. Only the most introverted prefer to live alone and avoid people.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Fantastic Hub- I'm a big fan of this subject! As an introvert attempting to behave more like an extrovert, I've been thinking a lot more about these things, and it's fun to read your perspective on the issue, too.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I still keep wondering about whether we do change as our circumstances do. I'd never really thought about that before I wrote this. We may think we are introverts when we lack the opportunity to be extroverts. On the other hand, if we are not really happy with the lack of people contact, we probably aren't really introverts.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Great analysis, no two people on earth is completely the same! I believe personality tests have their place as long as their not used to put people in boxes! Though, I am a big fan of the Myers-Briggs personality tests and analysis! I closely observed people over the years and found the Myers-Briggs discriptions to have uncanny insight of people based on personality type. From what I've read about you, I believe your somewhere in the middle of the introvert-extrovert continuum, leaning slightly towards introvert.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

wba, I appreciate your comments. It's a shame labels are so important to so many people. The reason this whole business about extroverts and introverts is getting so much publicity is because some people have implied that there must be something wrong with introverts, which, is, of course, nonsense. They are simply wired differently than extroverts. As long as we are happy with our lives and can function socially when we have to, what difference does it make to anyone else?


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hey! I'm an ambivert! Who knew? :^)

Thanks, cool Hub. Voted up and interesting. (I love when I learn something new!)


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

clevercat, I'll bet a lot of us hubbers are ambiverts.


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hectordang 4 years ago from New York

That's cool that you worked at Poly and Jordan. I work in Long Beach, too. Was your school able to go to the TED Conference at the performing arts center a few weeks ago? Oh, by the way, I am an introvert. I like hanging out with people, but they suck energy out of me.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

We left Long Beach in 1967, so I didn't. I taught at Poly for one glorious semester after the semester I did my student teaching there. Then I spent a miserable year at Jordan.


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hectordang 4 years ago from New York

I'm sorry to hear that. I'm with New City Public Schools near the Performing Arts Center. Where do you teach now?


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I don't. I'm self-employed as an online seller of curriculum supplemental materials for a variety of educational publishers. I sell a lot of materials to both teachers and schools in New York.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I'm fascinated as well by these different ways to view the world. On the Myers-Briggs, I score high on introversion, but I find on the internet I can control the amount of interaction I can enjoy. Thanks for SHARING.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Many introverts do well on social networks because they don't encounter physical people in the room with them and they have time to think before posting or responding on line.


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OneYearLater 4 years ago

Definite introvert here. Like you said, I love being able to plan out my words and definitely prefer a quiet, thinkable solitude. Great article.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

One Year Later, I'm glad you came by to read and comment. Of course, I like those things too, and I'm an ambivert.


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

Your article comforts me a lot because I was always confused whether I am an introvert or an extrovert; Now that I know I am an ambivert I am happy about it.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Vegas, I'm glad this was useful to you. It's too bad we can't just all be ourselves and not worry about labels others might put on us. Thanks for your comment.


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hectordang 4 years ago from New York

Did you listen to the TED talk about introverts having good ideas? The speaker was saying there is no correlation between the most charismatic person and the best ideas! I thought that was an excellent point!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

hectordang, I'm afraid I didn't listen. I don't get good video experience here, since that little circle interrupts about every three seconds and spins for about three more. It's very frustrating. It doesn't surprise me that introverts would have good ideas, since they think before speaking and they spend a lot of time thinking thinking things through.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I loved your article - voted up! :)


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Great hub...I fell into the category of borderline introvert in the first quiz and ambivert in the second. Perhaps over time, I have learned to adapt to what is expected of me? I know I use to be painfully shy as a girl. Being on my own so much of my adult life, raising my sons has taught me to be otherwise. : ) Voted your hub up, useful and interesting.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you, girlshoptalk. Shyness isn't always a sign that one's an introvert. Some shy people enjoy being with people once they know them, and like to do things with others. They just lack social confidence and find it hard to start a conversational ball rolling when among strangers.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Absolutely great Hub. Like you, I am and have been for many decades an Ambivert. My mother was a moderate introvert and my father was an extreme extrovert. I drew a lot of my personality style for each of them.

I love reading books and alone time and parties aren't y favorite things, but if I have to go, I generally am the life of the party. Over the years I usually test out at 45 or 55 on a scale of 1-100.

I have come to think that we have a dominant or preferred personality type and then we make "structural" adjustments. I think I am a little on the introvert side at heart, but to pull of a party, teach classes, organize a conference, etc, I depend on my extrovert qualities. Great Hub. Sharing.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

phdast7, Sounds like you have a balanced personality, whatever one chooses to call it. I'm not sure the labels "extrovert" and "introvert" really serve us well. I wish our society did not feel the need to label everyone, but I guess it gives those in academia something to write about.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Well I am an Ambivert! :)

Intriguing psychological hub! Recently me and my friends were having a discussion where we came out with some facts that in the real economy and organisational hierarchy

- the CEOs, MDs, and major heads were introverts

- the extroverts were in general not outward winners

the ambiverts hada fair share in both worlds the leaders and the followers...

It came to me as a shock but I realized one point about the introverts... that they have unshaken point of opinion in general...( the major quality in leadership)

Your hub outlines the benefits of being an ambivert quite potently and I took both the quizzes to make sure I was one!

Great information! Thank you for sharing :)

Rahul


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

rahul, thank you for your added information. You've made me feel even better about being an ambivert.


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moiponetsoka 4 years ago from South Africa

I am an Introvert i do not like a big party, a place with a lot of people and mostly i like keeping things to myself and very shy lovely hub.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Great article. I can relate to being an ambivert. Love my solitude at times, but then I have to surface for some company. Voted up.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

molponetsoka, my own introvert side can relate to that. I am very stressed if I'm in a crowded place with a lot of noise. If I find myself hungry or not feeling well and have to pick up a prescription in a place like Walmart with screaming children around I'm afraid I will scream if I can't escape soon to some quiet place by myself.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Cyndi, soliitude is like a healing balm to my spirit if I haven't have it for a while. But if I'm stuck at home by myself for a few days, I'm ready for some company.


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am301986 4 years ago from New Delhi

I am introvert person and I love to be what I am because its my biggest strength. I help me to understand so much about this world and alert me too in tough situation. Its great hub and informative too. Thanks for sharing!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a great article and I love the quiz! I'd never heard of an ambivert, but always knew I fell somewhere between introvert and extrovert. Voted up and everything but funny. : )


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

I love this hub, and the term ambivert. When I first met my husband, his friends all thought I was a complete introvert, but that's just because they are extreme extroverts! I love being around small groups of people, but also need some time to chill on my own. I think I am the quintessential ambivert!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

am301986, Introverts add a lot of joy to the world. They produce some of the world's greatest art, music and literature. You should be proud and content to be one of them.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

vespawoolf, i'm glad you enjoyed the quiz. Thanks for your comment.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Laura, I'm glad you found a label to present to your husband's friends to convince them people don't have to be either extroverts or introverts. Enjoy!


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maxravi 4 years ago from Pune, India

Well after reading your article I am 100% Ambivert. thanks for writing this.voted up!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Max, so glad you were able to find a classification you could embrace. Thanks for your comment.


sunil dutt 4 years ago

YOu are more introvert than exrovert; To Be Happy is to be wise, enjoy life; of course u r douing it.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

sunll dutt, I still think I'm an ambivert. I've been out getting acquainted with all kinds of new people at an art show this morning.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Gosh! The test said I was an ambidextrous pervert! :O Just kidding, of course. I don't even know what that is! LOL!

No, merely a simple ambivert after all. Nothing special. Enjoyed reading and taking the test. I don't suppose anyone failed, did they? :)

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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Randy, it's not that kind of test. You can't fail it. Welcome to the ambivert society.


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lola oyedotun 4 years ago from Calgary

Growing up, i thought i was different because I always kept to myself, too shy to speak but as I got to college, I came out from within my shell. I am definitely an ambivert, i can stay by myself without getting bored but yet love other peoples company sometimes. I can be the life a party (that is people that I am so close to) but can be otherwise if in a new territory.. so call me an Ambivert


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Denmarkguy 4 years ago from Port Townsend

Good read!

I'm definitely an introvert (Myers-Briggs INFJ) and have been more of an observer than a participant, since I was quite little.

What I find interesting is that introverts tend to be more "extraverted" in writing than extraverts. We did a survey in a large web group I belong to... and almost uniformly the extraverts were LESS chatty and LESS comfortable "talking" online than the introverts. In fact, a substantial number of extraverts (who typically are energized by people and interaction) reported that they found chat rooms and instant messaging "draining" and even "exhausting." I found that a rather interesting commentary on communication modalities and temperament.


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marketingbloke 4 years ago

Nice hub, I would probably consider myself as a bit of an ambivert like you said =]


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I'm glad you've found yourself. Sounds like you are very balanced, able to make the best of both worlds.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I read that, or something similar to it in my research. I think the reason is that introverts like to think before expressing themselves and writing enables them to do that. Extroverts need the stimulation of actual people in the same room. Thanks for adding this to the conversation.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I like being an ambivert. You can live in both solitude and with people very nicely when you need to.


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Helder Water 4 years ago

At this point in my life it's an issue to pinpoint what my needs are in love, life and work. It began with my intention to change careers to a less stressful type of job that matches my temperament and talents better than the present one. It got very confusing once the testing started. One test I'm an introvert, the other test I'm an extrovert. Lately I found this new definition on the net, ambivert, and it seems plausible to me. Extrovert friends label me as an extrovert. Introvert friends label me as another introvert, with more extrovert traits than they themselves have. According to your first test I'm not an introvert, but with 38% not ambivert either. The result of the second test on this page is introvert. Still, when I read about introversion and extroversion, I'm sure I have traits of both. It's true that I'm an introvert at heart in the sense that I need to be alone to recharge my batteries. I like and love different ways of communicating, the introvert and extrovert styles. I have always loved small talk, because I think it is a very friendly and loving way to reach out to other people. I prefer small talk as a way of connecting with strangers, or as an introduction to in depth conversation. I'm a very good listener too. I loved reading your article, it makes "my issue" very clear, and I actually feel really good about being an ambivert/ introvert or an introvert on the ambivert side.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Heider, since I wrote this hub, for what it's worth, I've read (in Peter D'Adamo's Eat for Your Type Diet books) that many people with Blood Type A have a tendency to be introverts. So even your blood type may have something to do with that need for solitude to recharge your batteries, even though you do enjoy being with others. Thanks for adding to the discussion.


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Rice Girl 2011 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

Wow! I am borderline introvert (77%) and scored as an ambivert! Who knew?! When I was younger, I was probably more extrovert, but then life's challenges have unexpected outcomes, do they not? (Smile)

I do think that is one reason why I enjoy writing as much as I do. It enables me to gather my thoughts and think them through before putting them out there. I also enjoy reading how others respond to what I have written. Voted up, funny, and interesting. Thank you for the hub!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Rice Girl, thank you for coming by to read and comment. I was an introvert until high school, and now am tending that way again. The older I get, the more privacy I seem to desire.


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Sturgeonl 4 years ago

I always find it interesting to analyze personality characteristics. Very informative hub with lots of relevant examples. Voted up!


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Rice Girl 2011 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

Anytime! I plan on hopping some of your other hubs. Looking forward to reading more of your work.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks, Sturgeoni. I'm glad you enjoyed the examples.


BethanyM916 4 years ago

I just wanted to thank you for writing this! People have always told me that I'm introverted because I'm quiet, am exhausted by groups and like to be alone much of my free time. However, I never really felt that I fit in that category. For example, I like to go to parties and have always loved to contribute to class discussions. Also, I'm going to grad school to be a teacher, which really is my calling and didn't fit into my introvert profile.

I really do feel like I understand myself a lot more after reading this. :)


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Bethany, I'm glad this was helpful. It's tough when the label others pin on you doesn't seem to fit. I wish you the best in your teaching career.


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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

I would say 80% introvert, 20% extrovert. Either way, if you're a good person, you'll do fine in life. Hey, celebrities are also real-life introverts when they're out of the limelight! :D

Interesting hub, I'll vote this one up. :)


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Vibesites, that's true about some celebrities, but like the rest of us, they aren't all the same in this respect.


vlbrown 3 years ago

There are a lot of misunderstandings around the terms "Introvert" and Extravert".

They have NOTHING to do without whether you "like people" or whether you're gregarious in a group of friends.

They have to do with how you get energy, how your brain processes stimuli.

You may be an "ambivert". Neurochemically, that could be possible. But you can't be "a little bit I and a little bit E".

If you're at a party for 3 hours, do you want to go. home. now.?

Or go to another party?

If you've had an exhausting week at work, do you want to stay in for the entire weekend and read? Or are you ready to go out again on Saturday?

Do you dread going to the mall? How about a networking event with strangers? Do you want to put on your party clothes every Saturday night? Do you answer the phone on weekends?

What makes you _tired_ even when you feel good? (e.g. I love teaching a class, no more than 1 in a day, and an hour later I crash. But I LOVE teaching.)

What energizes you?


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Writing is what energizes me, or a photo walk by myself or with my husband on the rare occasions he comes along. I like parties if I can get involved in good conversations where I actually get to know people. I want to go home when the conversations are over. I will not want to go to another party afterwards. If' I've been away from home base too long, I almost ache to get back to my computer and my usual routines. I go out as little as I can get by with.

I hate the mall or any shopping trips except maybe farmers market. I will network with strangers if I believe I will l really learn or contribute something of value. I don't ever want to put on party clothes. I don't even have any since I moved here. I don't answer the phone much since we got caller ID in our area. I hate the phone.

Almost anything that involves doing something boring makes me tired. I become alive when I'm out on a nature walk or when I'm learning something I want to learn or when I'm involved with communicating ideas.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've always been an introvert but enjoy getting with people, even at parties, occasionally. I'd like to be more of an ambivert. Oh, well. It takes all kinds, huh? Interesting hub.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Victoria, I seem to be getting more introverted, the more time I spend alone. Yet I really enjoyed being with our old friends we hadn't seen in thirty years last week. Sometimes I think I could be a good hermit as long as I had the Internet, but I also know relationships with real people I can see and hear are important, too.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

WannaBWriter,

This was different. I read it all and went back to take the quizzes and that is where I became a little confused. I took the first one (beside the paragraph "Was I Always an Ambivert"). I finished and it said that I had 100% but it did not say what it was in - that is what confused me.(?)

I voted it up.

Kevin


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

You are whichever classification is left. I think that is extrovert. I came in at 55% on that one and it put me at ambivert. The two quizzes are very similar and should give similar results.

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