Ambiverts: The Balanced Hybrids
Introvert vs. Extrovert
Identifying as an introvert or an extrovert is an undying trend. Carl Jung defined the two ends of the “introvert/extrovert” spectrum according to our daily social interactions and natural preferences. Introverts and extroverts are polar opposites; extroverts require continuous social interaction for
self-development, whereas introverts value their space for self-reflecting and to recharge. Extroverts feel comfortable communicating and interacting with large groups. Introverts, on the other hand, seek deep and intimate one-on-one relationships.
What is an Ambivert?
Ambiverts are generally flexible and offer a balance between both extroverted and introverted personality traits. They combine both traits in order to make the most out of their situation; they can react instantly to certain conditions, yet can also require more time to evaluate them.
They can be described as “balanced” individuals because they carry both traits of an extrovert, such as tolerance for external factors, and introverts, such as selectiveness and wisdom towards their internal environment. Ambiverts are intuitive individuals: they know when to speak up, when to listen, when to inspect, and when to respond.
Where Do We Belong?
Several tests were developed to help individuals recognize their preferences. The MBTI test, created by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers, is the most popular and accepted personality test to date. Tamayyaz introduces the MBTI test in several workshops and coaching programs to allow participants to discover their personal preferences and further develop their skills accordingly. Certain individuals identify strictly with either the introverted or extroverted end of the spectrum – however, where do they belong if they relate and appeal to both their introverted and extroverted sides?
These hybrids, formally known as ambiverts, define the combination of both ends into one personality type. In retrospect, it is important to note that no one individual is born “an ambivert.” It is our introverted or extroverted personalities that define our unique character and charm; however, through the MBTI and extensive coaching, Tamayyaz guides individuals to discover and develop traits from both personality ends of the spectrum in order to reach their maximum potential.
The Best of Both Worlds?
Extroverts and Introverts achieve greatness differently: extroverts shine through their energetic, engaging and expressive personalities, whereas introverts flourish as analytical, attentive, and observant individuals. Ambiverts, therefore, share the best traits of both worlds – they combine the strengths of introverts and extroverts to flexibly adapt to any given situation.
For example, in Sales, ambiverts are typically more susceptible to succeed, compared to their introvert or extrovert counterparts. Ambiverts use their balanced communication and active listening skills to develop long-term relationships with their clients while maintaining a professional and respectable attitude. This integrated approach is their tool for future influence, deals, and agreements with their clients.
“The ambivert advantage stems from the tendency to be assertive and enthusiastic enough to persuade and close, but at the same time, listening carefully to customers and avoiding the appearance of being overly confident or excited”
– Adam Grant.
Self-awareness will remain an essential key to succeed in our personal and professional lives. Developing ambivert traits is a way of staying comfortable in our own skin while
stepping out of our comfort zones. This skill allows us to detect the tools needed to manage each situation both effectively and efficiently.