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Ambiversion is the New Normal

Posted April 21, 2015 12:00 AM by Hannes
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Have a go at these questions using only "Sometimes," "Always," or "Never" as answers:

Do you gain increased energy and fulfillment in social situations?

Would you rather stay in with a close friend or a good book than go out and socialize in a group?

Do you sweat, scan for an exit, and wish for a quick and painless death when in the middle of a large group of people?

These questions may look familiar to those who've taken one or more personality tests in the past--the answers gage whether you sway toward a bubbly extrovert or a withdrawn introvert. Because exploring and promoting gray areas seems to be 21st-century chic, however, psychologists have lately begun to focus on a new personality type: the ambivert.

Ambiverts fall somewhere between the E and I poles. While it's less-used than the classic extroverted and introverted types, the ambivert label originated in Carl Jung's 1921 study Psychological Types as belonging to a large middle group, comprising the majority of a population, that's less differentiated than E's or I's. In other words, they make up an extensive group of people who sometimes act outgoing and sometimes don't. The term "ambivert" was applied in 1947 by Hans Eysenck.

Apparently Myers and Briggs didn't get this memo, as their popular type indicator includes only various degrees of extroverted vs. introverted. Ambiversion as a legitimate type may explain why MBTI surveys-the instruments often used for personality assignment and career placement-have been found to have high standard errors of measure when retesting occurs, and why two people with similar personalities often come up with two completely different types. It may also explain why other personality mapping systems like The Big Five have gained in relative popularity.

Some researchers found self-described ambiverts to be far from vanilla and bland, possessing more balance and flexibility, emotional stability, intuition ("speaking up vs. shutting up"), and comfort in a variety of situations. And a recent study of salespeople-a stereotypically extraverted profession-found that ambiverts within that field earned close to 25% more per hour than those at extreme ends of the spectrum.

To engage another stereotype: engineers are usually seen as a small, significantly introverted subset of the population-some personality sorters formally label INTP (introverted; intuitive; thinking; perceiving) types as "engineers." Thomas Jefferson, Einstein, and Darwin were all posthumously swept into the INTP box, so you're in good company. But if ever you have the urge to fling off your "I" hat, jump up onto the coffee table and belt out your favorite tune in front of dozens of people, go for it-you might be more ambiverted than you or the personality tests think.

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04/21/2015 5:49 PM

Personally I rather enjoy doing a bit of people watching when I am out in public.

It seems like no matter how down I am or how low my self esteem can ever get there are still loads of people that just with a few seconds of looking at them make me feel so much better about who I am and where I am in life!

Okay to be honest I really never have had much of a problem with feeling down or having low self esteem but still when I imagine what it would be like while out in public there is always someone who looks so much worse off in so many ways that I just cant help but not feel better about myself for not being them!

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04/22/2015 10:47 AM

A person's personality type(I suspect we are all ambiverts ) can only have validity by observation over time by a third party objective clandestine analyst, who then interviews the subject immediately after any ambivalent actions to determine the truthiness of the subject, leading to self perception revelations that compiled over time may provide a profile and any trending changes....then again we have the influence of drugs, diet, health, natural hormonal spikes and changes, clothes(clothes make the man,,,,not), both private(just joined a cult and got married) and professional situations(just got a job, just got fired, just won the lotto), and certainly environment all creating a variable baseline....so nothing is conclusive....and everything is a gray area...and in certain situations anybody can exhibit a range of behavioral actions....$.02

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04/22/2015 12:06 PM

Understanding personality types is one of the most important things we can learn from the interpersonal side of life.

It impacts how we communicate with others with specific words, what is communicated, i.e. direct and to the point or a bit of small talk/chit chat, media, and actions. When we don't communicate well it is like "putting water in their tank." Not only do we not get the results we want but we may cause damage.

Understanding those personality types is not so we can change the other person, but so we can better relate to them. This applies to spouses, kids, business associates, sports teams, etc.

Most of us have a predominant personality type but we also learn to respond to particular kinds of things or circumstances using our weaker traits in order to gain the best result for us.

Most of us have a predominant personality type but we also learn to respond to particular kinds of things or circumstances using our weaker traits in order to gain the best result for us.

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04/23/2015 10:09 AM

A category for everybody!

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