I must be an ambivert…

Reading through those lists of characteristics of introverts and extroverts, I have smattering of each in my personality characteristics…

  1. You find small talk incredibly cumbersome.
  2. You often feel alone in a crowd.
  3. Networking makes you feel like a phony.
  4. Downtime doesn’t feel unproductive to you.
  5. People like you.
  6. You get it done.
  7. You don’t ruin gatherings simply by being yourself.
  8. You are described as friendly and approachable.
  9. Giving a talk in front of 500 people is less stressful than having to mingle with those people afterwards.
  10. You start to shut down after you’ve been active for too long.
  11. You enjoy shows that might involve audience participation.
  12. You screen all your calls — even from friends.
  13. You notice details that others don’t.
  14. You’d enjoy a surprise party thrown for you.
  15. You’ve been called an “old soul” -– since your 20s.
  16. When you’re out in the world, you’re probably not going to be starting conversations with strangers.
  17. Spending too much time with too many people can be exhausting.
  18. Too much time spent alone can leave you a bit downcast, however, and you’re concerned that it’s not very productive.
  19. You’re known to be quite intuitive and good at picking up signals that other people can miss.
  20. Often, you just find yourself observing what’s happening around you.
  21. In the right context, you love attention, but more often than not, you don’t want to be the person everyone is looking at.
  22. In the right setting and mood, you’ll be getting involved in the moment.
  23. You are more than quiet — you are passionate about your work, wildly creative, intensely focused.
  24. You know how to listen, and to be comfortable with silence.
  25. Periods of silence do not terrify you.
  26. You welcome physical, human, comforting contact.
  27. You know when to be outgoing and when to be reserved. You naturally adapt to the situation.
  28. Sometimes you’re immersed in the moment and other times you’re just observing your surroundings and the people around you.
  29. Some people would describe you as quiet, and others would say you’re very sociable.
  30. You prefer not to engage with people who seem angry or upset.
  31. You don’t mind being called upon for your expertise, even in an impromptu situation.
  32. We’re often quiet, but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to talk.
  33. We like hanging out one on one better than groups. We’ll listen to you forever.
  34. It’s difficult to balance between alone time and not feeling lonely. Often we’ll want to go out because we feel alone, but our apartment is so comfortable that we won’t want to leave.
  35. It’s hard to get us out, but we’ll have a great time when we go out. Sometimes we’ll require some coercing to get us out of the house. Again.
  36. We won’t plan a party, but if we do, it’s a really big deal for us. We can’t imagine hosting an event solely for our own sake. We don’t even think people would want to come to a party that we host. So if we do host something, it’s a big deal for us.
  37. We get mad at ourselves for wanting to stay in and letting our friends down.
  38. If you’re not comfortable in a group of people you keep to yourself in the back.
  39. Just because you like being alone doesn’t mean you like being lonely.
  40. You enjoy listening to others.