My name's Jason, and I'm an ambivert...
September 21, 2016 | Jason Futers
Ever labelled yourself as an introvert or an extrovert, and then reflected and thought you're probably somewhere in between? Well, it's certainly not cut and dried, and where we sit on the introvert/extrovert scale can change depending on many factors. Susan Cain's book, Quiet, had a profound impact on many, and research continues to explore and explode the myths of introversion, including where and how extroverts and introverts seek energy, which activities each is predisposed to, and the idea that many more of us are actually ambiverts!
Plus, it’s not uncommon for introverts to be just as comfortable networking as extraverts. This is because shyness is a separate trait: as the psychologist Philip Zimbardo writes (link is external), it’s the tendency to be hesitant and self-conscious when dealing with people who are “emotionally threatening.” There are many shy extraverts: they’re uncomfortable interacting with strangers, but love going to rock concerts. And plenty of introverts are sociable: they’ll strike up a conversation with random people at parties, but get easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud noises