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Happy Sunday!

A friend of mine introduced me to a new word this week, and I think it’s absolutely fantastic for several reasons. The word is ambivert. An ambivert is someone who has both extroverted and introverted characteristics, but they’re neither an extrovert nor an introvert. Ambivert defines me perfectly.

Many people incorrectly assume that I'm an extrovert. But I’m probably slightly more introverted than extroverted. I'm neither an introvert nor an extrovert, but at the same time, I'm both an introvert AND an extrovert. This means that I've always struggled to find the right word to describe myself.

I like this word ambivert because it suggests that introversion and extroversion are on a spectrum, with introversion and extroversion at opposite ends of the extremes. A true ambivert like myself will hover around the middle of this spectrum.

Source: LonerWolf.com
There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. –Carl G. Jung

Perhaps we all have a little bit of ambiversion within us. No one is entirely an introvert or an extrovert. There are many situations where we behave more like an introvert. And others where we may feel like an extrovert. Neither is inherently better or worse off than the others - although, ambivert may be the best of both worlds (maybe I’m a little biased here…)

What about you? Are you more introverted? Extrovert? Or an Ambivert like me? Drop me a quick response by replying to this email. I love to learn more about my readers.

Have an awesome week ahead,
Samuel


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This Week's Wisdom

“It’s a rule in life that the more certain we appear about something, the less we know about it. It has a name – the Dunning–Kruger effect – and it is at work every time someone tells you with absolute certainty how things are in the world.”
- In the book Happy, by Darren Brown

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