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That Ambivert Thing Again

Daniel Kao:

Ambiverts sit on the spectrum of social interaction right in between the introverts and extroverts.

I still don’t like the word. All human beings “sit on the spectrum of social interaction between the introverts and extroverts.” So everyone is an ambivert. It’s weird to say it’s a “spectrum” and then nail down bullet points defining what they are.

All writing about introversion I’ve ever read makes clear there is a spectrum and various qualities at play. In short: it’s complicated, but there are general personality attributes that we can think of as introverted qualities, regardless of how severely you experience it.

This tweener term is meaningless and too all-encompassing to be useful.