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Being an Ambivert in an Extrovert/Introvert World

Featured imageAMBIVERT – yes, relieved to find it is a word that fits me and my take on living life. Neither extrovert all the time nor introvert all the time and vascillating between the two modes. I’m blessed to have a husband who is willing to work with me and somehow recognizes the change of pace from day to day.

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Being both an extrovert and an introvert is tough because you never know what way you’ll feel or how you’ll react to being placed in certain situations. Some night I’m out dancing and I’d rather be at home while other nights I’d be at home wishing for a night out. Some days I wake up and I can’t wait to go meet my friends for coffee and have no problem saying hi to strangers in the street and then other days the thought of having to leave the house and put myself in social situations gives me weak knees. I am both an extrovert and an introvert and there’s nothing I can do about that. It’s not affected by the amazing friends I hang out with or my family. It’s just me. Somedays you’ll find me sitting at home wishing and wanting to go out while others I find it tough to even text people.

Finally understanding that I can be both an extrovert and an introvert was a big weight of my shoulders. I know it may sound silly but now I feel like I’m not some idiot for wanting to go out one week and spend the next week watching re-runs of One Tree Hill and The O.C in bed. I’m starting to realise I don’t have to explain myself to anyone. I’m an ambivert and I’m okay with that.

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Normally people are described as either being an extrovert or an introvert. This makes sense. It’s easy to understand and fairly basic. Extroverts are sociable and outgoing.They love being around others and can participate in social interactions easily. That’s pretty straight forward right? Similarly introverts can be described as the opposite. They usually prefer their own company and are happier by themselves than being forced into social interactions. Introverts are usually quiet people who keep to themselves. Another easy enough description. But what happens when you are neither or when you are both ? Have you ever heard anyone describing themselves or others as both an introvert and an extrovert ? Chances are you probably haven’t.

The idea that someone could be both is bizarre to most people. How can one person be both extremely sociable and comfortable in large crowds and uncomfortable in the same situation ? It doesn’t…

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