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Ambiversion - the balance between extraverted and introverted features

About two thirds of all people find it difficult to clearly describe themselves as introverted or extroverted. You have character traits from both poles - and can therefore look forward to a particularly balanced personality. Julia Molina gives insights into the topic.

On some weekends you can lie alone on the couch with a book from Friday to Sunday and are completely happy - while on others you party until the early hours of the morning? Or is your unique mixture of open and reserved expresses itself in such a way that, for example, you are passionate about giving it your all at karaoke, but appear rather shy in business meetings with many colleagues? All of this can indicate that you are one ambiverted temperament have, i.e. have both typically extroverted and typically introverted characteristics. How do we know that we are ambiverted? What are the advantages of this disposition - and what special challenges does it pose for us?

On the theoretical background of the Ambiversion

The distinction between the two opposite properties on a continuum, extraversion and introversion, works C. G. Jung back. In 1921 he was the first to describe that some people live "outwardly" (extraverted), like to have a lot of external and social stimulation and thus gain energy - while the "inwardly directed" (introverts) are quickly overstimulated, preferring themselves to themselves Dedicate your own world of thought and recharge your batteries while being alone. The psychologist Hans Jürgen Eysenck has the model around Gradations between the two extreme poles expanded and the concept of ambiversion ("directed towards both") introduced.

Ambiversion can understood in two ways become. On the one hand, it can be people who not a very pronounced tendency have to extra- or introversion, for example are only slightly more extra- than introverted or vice versa. They are neither particularly outgoing nor particularly closed, but rather to be located “in the middle area”. On the other hand, people can be described as ambiverted who are alternately very extroverted and then very introverted again behavior. Due to the extreme differences in behavior, they can sometimes seem like two different people to others. This expression of the ambiversion has been shown to correlate with high neuroticism values. Most ambivalent people, however, simply show “a little bit from both sides” and, above all, can adjust their posture to be sensitive to the situation.

Are you ambiverted?

Perhaps you have never been able to clearly assign yourself to one of the two poles, keep getting different results in personality tests and wonder yourself that sometimes you are very outgoing and love socializing, while on other days everything becomes too much for you and you withdraw . The following Clues also suggest that you have an ambivalent temperament.

  • adaptability
    If you combine both sides in a balanced way, you can also flexibly decide which one you want to express in which situations. For example, a very extroverted person tends to get bored quickly when they have to spend time alone. A very introverted person, on the other hand, gets stressed if he is unexpectedly the center of attention. To a certain extent, an ambivert can cope well with all conditions, since all behaviors can be found “in his repertoire”.
  • Social acceptability
    Ambiverted people are mostly sympathetic people. No wonder, since they themselves know different needs and moods and therefore get along well with both very lively, action-oriented people and quiet people. In general, they can usually empathize with other people very well and have a good sense of what behavior is appropriate at the moment. For example, they lower their voices and speak particularly empathetically when confronting a shy person, and show their “wild” side with other people.
  • A lot gives energy
    Since they can draw energy from “extraverted” situations as well as from typically “introverted” occupations, ambiverted people generally find it easy to have positive experiences - regardless of the external conditions. A friend cancels the planned meeting spontaneously? No problem, the ambiverted person can also occupy himself alone and, for example, take a long walk for himself. Does your job suddenly get hectic and you have to answer an extremely large number of inquiries? The ambiguous also gets along well with the increased level of stimuli and may even have fun jumping in as a troubleshooter with a faster cycle. In this way, ambivalent people can recharge their energy reserves not only when suddenly needed, but also specifically with a wide range of hobbies and leisure activities.

The advantages and challenges of ambiverted

The aspects mentioned, by means of which you can recognize yourself as an ambitious person, include a huge asset of these people: Flexibility and versatility. Because of this, they are not only popular in private relationships, but it has also been proven to help them achieve success on the job. For example, a study by Adam Grant shows that ambitious salespeople generate more sales than both purely extra- and introverted colleagues. The result is justified by the fact that ambiverted The best from both worlds" Unite in customer contact: You are enthusiastic and assertive enough to get clients carried away and convince, but also listen attentively and appear thoughtful, which means you trust them and do not perceive them to be too intrusive. Their characteristics also make ambitious people all-rounders who can be used in many different work situations and who deliver consistently good performance, whether in peace or in the hustle and bustle, in teamwork or alone.

What is a blessing on the one hand can also be special challenges to lead. Since their needs sometimes change from situation to situation, ambiverted people should get into the habit of listening carefully to what they feel like. Because while their adaptability helps them to cope with everyday life, they do well to check whether they have to adapt in every case - or whether they should rather take their current needs into account. For example, if you have planned your entire weekend in “extravert mode”, when the time comes you will sometimes find that you need some rest after all. It is true that everyone feels that their own mood cannot always be precisely anticipated. However, ambiverted people in particular should get to know each other well through self-observation in order to understand the relationship between their needs. For example, they could find out “I need at least two evenings a week to feel good” or “Every other day I should at least talk to my friends by call or WhatsApp, otherwise I feel cut off”.

Ambiverted people should also internalize that they are don't have to adapt to everything and everyone just because they can. For example, if there are people in your life who keep draining you or who take away your positive energy, then you only need to have little (or if possible no) contact with them! Just because you can adapt to them with relative flexibility doesn't mean that you are forced to. It is also important to identify which working conditions are actually stressing you. It can vary from person to person: While some ambiverted improvised presentation situations are stressful, another is annoyed to be left alone with tasks for a long time. Find out what environmental conditions inspire you and make your efforts to work under them as a priority.


Due to their disposition to a diverse repertoire of strengths fall back and therefore often have a fairly large comfort zonein which they move. In the work context, they can be used multifunctionally and feel motivated both in group situations and in individual work, because they provide both with energy - an immense advantage to be able to cover both and to make a good contribution in each case. Ambitious people are also extremely flexible in their private lives. This does not mean, however, that every ambiverted person is “available for everything” at all times - there is also a danger that the professional and private environment will expect this at some point after they have often demonstrated their ability to adapt. Knowing yourself and taking your own sensitivities seriously is therefore the keyIn order to remain true to yourself as an ambitious person - and at the same time benefit from your own disposition.

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