Are you too extroverted to be an introvert, but too introverted to be an extrovert? Well, listen up.
Do you love socialising with your friends, but also crave alone time? Are you the confident type, but also with some reclusive tendencies?
And does this confuse you and your loved ones? Well, you can relax – we get you.
For the longest time people have been divided into one of either polar opposite personality types: extrovert or introvert.
According to Myers Briggs (the most popular and accepted personality test), extroverts are action-oriented, seek a breadth of knowledge and influence, prefer frequent interaction, and get energy from spending time with people while introverts are thought-oriented, seek depth of knowledge and influence, prefer more substantial interaction, and get their energy from spending time alone.
But for many people, myself included, neither term has felt quite right.
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So if you find yourself sitting on the personality fence as well, you might just be an “extroverted introvert” or an “ambivert”. This is someone who is a blend of both introvert and extrovert traits. In the best possible way.
1. You don’t feel like you fit into either introvert or extrovert category.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. When you read a list of introvert qualities you tick all the boxes. But when you read the features of an extrovert, you realise you have those features too. This is especially apparent when it comes to personality quizzes and you find yourself needing an “it depends” option. Every. Single. Time.
2. You love social interaction but you also relish solitude.
Just because you tore up the town last weekend, making friends with everyone in the ladies’ bathroom, that doesn’t mean you’re keen for that every night. As much as you love hanging out with people, you find it especially exhausting after a while. Particularly when you’re interacting with strangers. You also find yourself lying about plans just so you have an excuse to stay in with a good book and a long bath. These social preferences can sometimes confuse your friends and family as they can swing so dramatically.