Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Am An Ambivert!

"After an hour or two of being socially on, we introverts need to turn off and recharge....This isn't antisocial.  It isn't a sign of depression.  It's just the way we are!" Jonathan Rauch 
I love this poster!!!
A couple of weeks ago, our minister, the Reverend Shari Woodbury gave a reflection on the subject of extroverts, ambiverts, and introverts.  Probably most of us fall in the category of ambivert. By definition, an ambivert is: a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features. I had not heard this term before so had always had a difficult time deciding which I was when in a group being asked  was introvert (a person who tends to turn inward mentally; one who avoids large crowds, feeling more energized by time alone) or an extrovert ( one who finds energy in interactions with others.)

Shari referred to an author/speaker, Susan Cain who has a very interesting TEDTalk  about being an introvert.  And she has a book that looks worthwhile for understanding the workings of the introvert. I haven't read it yet but it is on my list.
Susan Cain and one of her books
With this being said, I do think that I am closer to being an introvert even though I love meeting people and can usually get into a conversation with ease...a curiosity of wanting to know about what makes them tick.  But I need my "lone time"; I do not need to always be around people; in fact after being in a crowd, big or small, I need to be alone. But I am happy to discover the term I guess I am ambivert with strong introvert tendencies! 

I found these two "brains" on Google.....Sooooooo.......Which are you????


  1. I am definitely an Introvert and my partner is definitely an Extrovert. It works.

  2. Thanks, Jaye. I think I am just a "vert".