Studies have found out that 40% of us tend to be introverts while extroverts count for the remaining 60%. Although, people at the extremes of introverts and extroverts are not that many, it’s also hard to specify the proportion of those who stand somewhere in the middle. Many of us lean one way or the other, but there are some who are quite balanced between the two tendencies. These people are called ambiverts.
Ambiverts—the in-betweens that most of us are probably closer to.
Ambiverts exhibit both extroverted and introverted tendencies. Ambiverts recharge their energy levels with a mixture of social interaction and alone time.
This balance appears to be a good thing, especially when you need to adapt. Ambiverts include both Extroverted Introverts and Introverted Extroverts.
Extroverted Introverts (EI) - The Careerist.
These individuals are real introverts, but they perform with an external persona. This persona is specifically adapted to the career environment. They're so good that you may not even meet the real person, until you have opportunity to see through the public image.
The EI uses their public image as a method of career advancement, and they're much more likely to be real careerists.
Every nuance of their public face is literally rehearsed. Keeping others at a distance is classic introvert tactical behaviour, but instead of retreating and avoiding the world, they adopt a complete role, and prevent the world intruding by separating the personal and the career modes.
Fluid characters are what bother the analysis most about EI .They are perfectly capable of literally changing with every breeze. The main reason for this is that their social skills are very much tuned to the main game. If they perceive a change in atmosphere, they change.
They may not have the real extrovert's instant social rapport, but they can come up with a good imitation. For EIs, even the smiles get paid by the hour. The difference is that the EI sees this as part of the job, not a burden, like the introvert.
EI does have one big advantage. They're never out of their depth in any social situation. They'll make the right contacts and achieve the right goals.
The weak point with the EIs is that they're unstable if things go wrong. If they somehow lose their role orientation, or the performance goes wrong, they can react very badly.
The true EI is the great salesman, the brilliant, polished presenter, diplomat, business associate and consultant also.
Introverted extrovert - The Therapist
Introverted extroverts are evolved extroverts, yet, not true extroverts. Sharing a mix of the characteristics of two potentially very complex types endorse IEs a huge advantage.
They're genuinely sensitive, like real introverts, but they have the social instincts of extroverts as well. As professionals in a career environment, this is usually a very good combination of abilities. They can see the raw nerves, and they know how to deal with them so no damage is done.
The single accurate description of IEs is Low Key. IEs are the exact opposite of Extroverted Introverts in the sense that there are little or no theatrics. They are identified by evolving a lot of ability to empathise. The ability to empathise is perhaps unique. IEs could make a career out of it. They're excellent negotiators and mediators. In the career environment, IEs are often hired as fixers as much as for their ability to make a good fit as for their work.
IEs share with introverts the ability to specialize, sometimes to extreme levels. However, to an introvert, nothing is impossible, just irritating. To the IE, nothing is impossible; it's just a matter of time.
The IE remains silent on basic principles. They're naturally suited to sensitive situations, where their trustworthiness is a relief to others. Because empathy and good character judgment are such basic parts of an IE's nature, misinterpretation equates to incompetence.
The world of introverts and extroverts is rather complicated. All types have many career choices, however, ambiverts themselves a little bit harder to completely identify their own tendency. Our advice is to keep discovering yourselves, through activity, your job and experience, and focus on situations where you can have a clearer introverted or extroverted feeling. Your career is orientated upon your true nature. Be sure you pay it enough attention.
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