Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you’ve ever taken the famed Myers-Briggs personality test for your career but identified equally with multiple sides then you could fall into a gray zone. It’s totally possible to be a people person who basks in the glory of alone time too. Ambiverts, people who embody the mix of the two best-known personality types (introverts and extroverts), have the amazing ability to relish social situations AND solitary time. That strength makes ambiverts a great fit for cool careers that require top-notch people skills and incredible adaptability.
In fact, a study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that the social and emotional flexibility of ambiverts made them superior salespeople. The study found that employees with the highest revenue per hour — an average of $208 compared with $138 for the full sample — were ambiverts who had a personality test score exactly between extroversion and introversion.
So how can you tell if you’re an ambivert? See if the following four traits ring true for you.
1. Your personality changes between work and home. Chameleon-like personality traits are valuable in business, but what about when it comes to your personal life? While ambiverts are able to turn parts of their personality on and off in social situations, new friends or coworkers might wonder who you really are. But it’s totally okay to be more reserved at work and a social butterfly outside the office. No need to keep people guessing — they’ll catch on when they spend more time with you.
2. You make others feel comfortable. Since ambiverts are ultra-flexible when it comes to being around people, they can make almost any social situation work. As a bonus, they tend to make it more comfortable for others who are involved. If you’re an ambivert, you probably enjoy one-on-one time as much as you do a happy hour or jam-packed concert. Being able to adapt accordingly to whatever is going on comes naturally to you, which is why you shine when you’re dealing with spontaneous situations, group dynamics or interpersonal challenges.
3. Being alone is both energizing and lonesome. Ambiverts have the magical ability to be equally happy as the life of the party or lounging alone for long periods of time. This flexibility is awesome but it can make it tough to find balance on the social spectrum. If you fluctuate between feeling like you need serious time to recharge and feeling lonely, you’re likely an ambivert. The key to happiness is moderating a healthy mix of both.
4. You’re emotionally consistent. Dynamic personality traits aside, ambiverts have a big advantage in that they channel neither the outward-facing energy of an extrovert NOR the quiet qualities of a true introvert. The ability to calmly and clearly express yourself in stressful, happy or sad times can do wonders for your relationships and career. Be grateful for your level head and use it to navigate complex scenarios.
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