Let me guess.
You read the headline. You probably went, “Superpowers oh cool! Introverted Extrovert? What’s that?”
You are probably curious and confused. Heck, you don’t even know whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
Let me clear that first. We’ll get to the superpowers later.
If you can’t clearly classify yourself between an introvert or an extrovert. Tell you what, that’s okay. Because a large portion of the population are neither pure introverts nor extroverts.
And, if you don’t quite fit into either personality types, you might be an introverted extrovert?
See, you are social at parties. But you also equally like a quiet evening at home.
+ 1. I relate with you too.
So, are you an extroverted introvert? or an introverted extrovert? And what are the superpowers that I am talking about?
Let me help you figure out through this article. Feel free to navigate to any section you want.
- Who exactly is an introverted extrovert
- Difference between introverted extrovert and extroverted introvert
- 12 superpowers that you enjoy as an introverted extrovert
- How common is this personality type
- Over to you
Who Exactly is an Introverted Extrovert?
In general, introverted extroverts/extroverted introverts exhibit the qualities and personality traits of both introverts and extroverts. They are also called an Ambivert. While introverts are reserved and selectively social people, extroverts can be energetic, fun-loving, and outgoing.
An Ambivert can flip into either category based on their environment, mood, and people they are with. Sometimes, they can be the life of the party, and other times they prefer being silent.
Difference Between Introverted Extrovert and Extroverted Introvert?
The terms introverted extrovert and extroverted introvert are synonymously used to describe the people who fall in the middle of introvert-extrovert spectrum. They are also called an ambivert.
While, there are no major characteristic differences in both the personality types, you can attribute the slightly dominant trait in them to describe an introverted extrovert or an extroverted introvert. An extroverted introvert may slightly be inclined towards an extroversion nature while introverted extrovert may be slightly towards introversion.
12 Superpowers That You Enjoy As An Introverted Extrovert
- You Can Instinctively Decide When to Listen and When to Speak Up
Introverted extroverts have this unique intuition about when to speak and when to take a step back to let the other person speak their mind. You have the qualities of both introverts and extroverts.
You think before you speak, due to which you mostly avoid saying impulsive things that can hurt others. You also feel it easier to share your thoughts and ideas without hesitation.
- You Easily Befriend Introverts and Extroverts
Introverts are kind of secretive. Often, they do not like sharing their ideas and thoughts with others much. However, they would openly share it with people who they feel real close to. Extroverts can be like an open book. Since they are more social, they do not hesitate to express themselves and share their views.
Compared to introverts and extroverts, an introverted extrovert is best of both worlds. People know about you but not too much. You can easily share your views with people, but you also know when to keep specific details hidden. Your circle is a mixed-bag of introverts and extroverts.
- You Know the Value of Social Settings and Alone Time Equally
Introverts can enjoy social gatherings, but they quickly get exhausted after being surrounded by people for hours. In contrast, extroverts can spend time in solitude, but that haunts them more than social settings do.
Compared to extroverts and introverts, introverted extroverts do not feel drained of energy after socialization, nor do they feel exhausted after spending time alone. You can deeply sensitize and connect with the different aspects of life. You can embrace new ideas easily.
- You Are Selectively Social Around Some People
You enjoy being social but not as much as extroverts do. Likewise, you enjoy the company of a small group of close friends. You vibe with your tribe!
Additionally, you can be jovial around certain people when you want to, and you can be quiet when you do not feel like speaking. You can adjust to different behaviors and circumstances easily.
- You’re Both A “Listener” and A “Speaker.” You Offer Balance
Dang! This is a good one. When an introverted extrovert, like you, is in a group, you know how to maintain balance. If you’re with an introvert, you can break an awkward silence and help the other person feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Similarly, when you are with an extrovert, you can stay quiet while giving them an opportunity to speak their mind freely. You do not like challenging different personalities. Instead, you blend well with them.
- You Feel Comfortable in Different Environments
Introverts are usually affected by the weakest external stimuli. That is why they prefer calm and quiet places. On the other hand, extroverts need people to feel stimulated. But when we see introverted extroverts, they respond to stimulating and non-stimulating environments equally. They get energy from both kinds of environments and enjoy both of them equally.
They are flexible and can easily adapt to different situations. Due to this they neither feel bored when spending some time alone in front of a computer nor do they feel uncomfortable when they have to speak to a crowd.
- You Feel Comfortable Around Different Personalities
As an introverted extrovert, it is easier for you to relate to both introverts and extroverts to some extent. You can understand both extremes of the spectrum and often connect with them quite well. You blend in with different kinds of personalities and learn how to behave or respond according to their behaviour.
If you are with a talkative extrovert, it will be easier for you to stay quiet and let the other person shine. And when you are with a reserved introvert, you can comfortably lead the conversation.
- You Can Work Both Alone and in Teams
You feel comfortable working alone on an assignment. In such situations, you activate your introvert trait. You can sit peacefully, dig deep into the work alone, and come up with great ideas.
You can also be a great team player and draw on characteristics of extroverts while you are working in a group. You can gain energy from others, help start great conversations, brainstorm innovative ideas, and even back off to allow other members of the group to participate equally.
- You Can Make Small Talks as Well as Deep Conversations
An introverted extrovert can play both these roles well.
You like starting a conversation and becoming the centre of attention. But you do not feel troubled when a conversation ends, and you no longer gain attention. You can talk about serious matters in-depth and stay quiet when you do not feel like talking.
- You Are Flexible With Your Weekend Plans
An introverted extrovert is considered a happy person in general. Whether your hobby is going to a club with your friends or binge-watching your favorite Netflix series alone, or play some board games you are happy and flexible with almost all your weekend plans.
This is mainly because, unlike extroverts and introverts, it is easier for you to feel comfortable in different environments. You can adjust to different circumstances better than introverts and extroverts.
- You Have a Large Network of Friends as Well as a Small Group of Close Friends
Introverts tend to have only a few friends with whom they spend time. Comparatively, extroverts have a lot of friends with whom they hang out, talk, and share secrets.
An introverted extrovert can have both. It means you have a huge network of friends. You spend most of your time with them. And then you also have a few very close friends you are more intimate with.
- You Can Maintain Emotional Stability during Diverse Circumstances
Introverts generally feel emotionally stable when they are in calm and quiet places. Extroverts prefer lively and social places, and they find it harder to remain emotionally stable in calm places.
Comparatively, an introverted extrovert has a highly adaptable personality, due to which he can stay emotionally stable during different environments. Whether you are at a concert or you are having a peaceful yoga session, you know how to keep your cool and manage emotional stability.
Is This A Common Personality Type?
It’s hard to say how many people among the vast population of people are ambiverts.
Psychologist Carl Jung didn’t use the exact term “ambivert,” but he believed that people who are neither highly introverted nor highly extroverted are in the majority. Some recent findings make a similar claim, suggesting that two thirds of all people are ambiverts.
However, the truth might be that even near the middle of the spectrum, most people incline to one way or another. A perfectly ambivert personality is truly rare.
What’s Your Take?
As an ambivert, you enjoy a night in and a social interaction equally. You have many great introvert and extrovert traits that help you become more flexible, adaptable, emotionally stable, and comfortable in different social interactions. These traits give you many career advantages.
Although ambiverts can experience some advantages over more extreme personalities, they also have struggles. They need to be aware of their self in order to determine what side of their personality to bring out in a particular situation.
They must also learn not to exert themselves to behave like an extrovert during times when they feel more like an introvert (and vice versa), because that might lead to emotional drain.
Sometimes people might struggle to read them correctly. A colleague, for example, might be surprised that the fun-loving person they met in the workplace often prefers to spend quiet evenings with just one or two friends.
Therefore, it’s important not only that ambiverts recognize when they’re feeling more introverted or extroverted but also when to set boundaries with others who pressure them to behave one way or another.
If you are an ambivert yourself, share with us in the comments how you feel and let us know your day-to-day struggles and superpowers that we might have missed on.