If you surf the web for any amount of time today, you'll likely come across an article or post about introverts and extroverts. Sometimes, it will include a link to a quiz you can take to give you a sense of where you are on the scale. Notice I said scale, that's because in recent years, a new term has been added to the conversation, ambivert. To shed some light on the topic, here are the definitions for both introverts and extroverts taken from the Quiet Revolution website.
"Given the choice, introverts will devote their social energy to a small group of people they care about most, preferring to be with a close friend to a party full of strangers. Introverts think before they speak, have a more deliberate approach to risk, and enjoy solitude. They feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests them. When they’re in overly stimulating environments (too loud, too crowded, etc.), they tend to feel overwhelmed. They seek out environments of peace, sanctuary, and beauty; they have an active inner life and are at their best when they tap into its riches."
"Extroverts relish social life and are energized by interacting with friends and strangers alike. They’re typically assertive, go-getting, and able to seize the day. Extroverts are great at thinking on their feet; they’re relatively comfortable with conflict. Given the choice, extroverts usually prefer more stimulating environments that give them frequent opportunities to see and speak with others. When they’re in quiet environments, they’re prone to feeling bored and restless. They are actively engaged in the world around them and at their best when tapping into its energy."
Ambiverts fall somewhere in the middle, they have characteristics of both introverts and extroverts and adapt using one trait or the other depending on their situation. They can have a relatively even fifty-fifty split or lean more towards one of the traits. Ambivert was my result on the Quiet Revolution quiz as well as on some other quizzes. Personally, I think I'm an ambivert with introverted tendencies as I do require a decent amount of "me-time" and prefer doing work on my own but at the same time enjoy small talk and have no problem initiating conversations with people I don't know well.
Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! I really enjoy learning about personality types and what makes each of us unique. I had not heard of ambiverts until I got my quiz results but I think it's definitely a large group of people. I have always considered myself an introvert as I prefer socializing one on one with people and need my alone time yet being in a large group doesn't always feel draining, it largely depends of who I am with.
Hope you all have a wonderful week! And if any of you takes the quiz, I'd love to hear what your results were. As always, if you have any ideas, questions or suggestions, leave a comment below :)