Personality Traits


Meaning of extrovert, introvert and ambivert

So many people do not know the difference between this personality traits, Introvert, Extrovert and Ambivert. Personality refers to a set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another. It is also a Charisma or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd. The meaning of the personality traits and their differences are as follows;

To differentiate them, the biggest difference is on how they recharge themselves.

Extroverts (or those with extroverted tendencies) gain energy by placing themselves in social situations. They don’t mind being under the spotlight, or the center of attention. However, spending too much alone time drains them mentally.

On the other hand, introverts recharge by spending time alone. After a long period of time in crowded social situations, they need a desperate break to regain their energy back.

The third personality, surprisingly constitutes most of the population, is an ambivert. Ambiverts recharge and regain their energy through a mixture of social interaction and alone time.

More characteristics of these personality traits are as follows;

Extroverts: -Are the ones who talk the most

– People and social situations excite and energize them.

– They usually initiate and engage in conversations.

– They can talk about anything with anyone.

-They don’t mind others paying full attention to them.

– Meeting new people doesn’t cause them discomfort

2. Introverts: – Are the ones who prefer thinking over speaking

– Alone time is the way to recharge.

– They use their eyes and ears more than their mouths.

– They don’t like small talks.

– They prefer standing away from the spotlight.

– It is quite uncomfortable to meet new friends.

3. Ambiverts: – Are the ones who are a mix of extroverted and introverted tendencies

– They often wonder whether they need alone time or external stimulation.

– They could be quiet during the entire conversation, but also share what they are passionate about.

– Sometimes, they find small talks insincere.

– If in the right context, they don’t mind attention, but often they prefer standing at the sidelines.

– They are fine with talking to new people, but it’s better to do it with their friends.

Ambivert personality trait is the least talked about out of them and also the least understood by people. Ambiverts choose to be extroverts only with selective people and they could be their family, close friends or a selective few colleagues who share the same interest. Being an ambivert helps a person in better understanding and judgement of situations.

Research has found that how we react to people is physiological. This study found that we judge someone’s level of extroversion or introversion immediately–often based on facial structure. For example:

Why Ambiverts is an amazing personality

Many people assume that extroverts are the best at sales, the best leaders, and the most successful at work—WRONG! Adam Grant, an associate professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, analyzed 35 separate studies and found the statistical relationship between extroversion and income was basically zero.

He conducted a personality survey and collected three-month sales records for more than 300 salespeople, both male and female. The people who ranked right in the middle for extroversion and introversion–ambiverts–turned out to be the best salespeople.

The Ambivert Advantage

Being able to balance both extroversion and introversion is an asset. Study these associated traits, courtesy of Larry Kim:

Flexible: Ambiverts typically can adapt to context and situations more easily.

Stable: According to psychologist Hans Eysenck, who coined the term “ambivert” in 1947, ambiverts offer a good balance between the hypersensitivity of some introverts and the domineering attitude of some extroverts.

Intuitive: Daniel Pink said that ambiverts “know when to speak up and when to shut up, when to inspect and when to respond, when to push and when to hold back.”

Ambivert Problems

With all that flexibility comes some liabilities. Since ambiverts can be so flexible, they often run into a few problems:

They love to talk to people, but want to plan it out first.

They say yes to too many things because they aren’t sure what will work best for them.

Their extroverted side says yes to things in the future, but then their introverted side had a hard day and no longer wants to go.

When they’re in a bad mood…nothing sounds fun.

They like going out only when they are in the right mood, with the right people.

Sometimes ambiverts are caught in the middle — between their desire to be extroverted and the needs of their introverted side. 

Which explanation sounds more like you?

I am drawn to people; I get energy from social gatherings, and am fairly outgoing. (Extrovert)

It’s draining to be around lots of people. I prefer peace, solitude, and quiet time. I usually crave alone time in my free time. (Introvert)

It depends. (Ambivert)

In my own understanding, I am an ambivert. Which of this personality traits are you? Kindly comment it in the comment section below. Thanks for reading.

Published by Ernest I.

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