As humans, we have an innate tendency to sort and compartmentalize our lives, especially when it comes to our careers. But oftentimes the recipe for success lies somewhere in the gray area between yes and no, good and bad, introvert and extrovert. Take these two personality types, for example. While popular wisdom may tell you that extroverts make the best salespeople and introverts succeed as therapists or artists, the truth lies somewhere in between these two tentpoles.
Enter the ambivert. A comfortable cross between the introvert and the extrovert, an ambivert is both outgoing and reserved, assertive and apprehensive. And according to The Huffington Post, they are also more successful than either of the two extremes—mostly due to their ability to fluctuate between these two social situations with ease. "They're flexible, balanced and can connect with a variety of people," writes Huff Post's Abigail Williams of the ambivert. "Self-aware ambiverts are able to move between extroversion and introversion depending on the situation."
What's more, the ambivert reflects a more nuanced, realistic understanding of personality. "Personality traits exist along a continuum, and the vast majority of us aren't introverts or extroverts—we fall somewhere in the middle," writes Forbes. "Ambiverts have a distinct advantage over true introverts and extroverts. Because their personality doesn't lean too heavily in either direction, they have a much easier time adjusting their approach to people based on the situation."
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