Healthy Mind

Ambiverts: embrace your personality traits!

The human personality theories of extraversion and introversion are often used to characterise people. However there are often misconceptions surrounding these theories. An introvert is thought of as socially awkward while the extrovert as a bouncy “people” person. The real definition of both personality types isn’t that straightforward.

“Extraverts get their energy from interaction with people and the external world. Introverts get their energy from within themselves; too much interaction drains their energy and they need to retreat from the world to recharge their batteries,” says Linda Silverman, director of the Gifted Development Centre.

According to pediaview.com: “Extraversion and introversion are typically viewed as a single continuum.” This would make some people predominantly extrovert and some predominantly introvert. 

However, there are people who show signs of being both introvert and extrovert. An ambivert is someone whose personality type is intermediate between the two personality groups. The term ambivert isn’t well-known, yet many people can relate to it.  In fact “personality surveys show that most people fall into the Ambivert range” according to forbes.com, 2013.

So you might wonder what traits an Ambivert person actually has if they’re so balanced. David DiSalvo says: “Ambiverts embody traits from both sides of the personality spectrum-in a sense, they have a built in governor that regulates their exuberance."

Psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says that “creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted”.

There’s an online community of ambiverted people. There’s a Facebook page and a dedicated blog.

Remember, it’s our personalities that make us interesting and unique. So whatever personality traits you have, embrace them!