Omnivert vs Ambivert- What’s the Difference?

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Omnivert vs ambivert. It can be quite confusing if you don’t have an exact idea of what you’re dealing with. However, with a bit of fortune, you should be able to understand both concepts.

Knowing where you fall under is quite important especially if you feel you are not an introvert or extrovert.

To help you decide this omnivert vs ambivert debate, let’s start from the basics.

Who is an Omnivert?

An omnivert is someone who can be an introvert or an extrovert. However, they don’t just hover around the middle line. They can be super extroverts at one point and super introverts at another.

There’s simply no in-between for this type.

Signs that you are an Omnivert

1.      You are never balanced

Omniverts live a life of imbalance. There’s really no middle ground. They are either high on extroverted energy or need to shut the world away.

Because they are not balanced, it’s usually harder to understand Omniverts.

2.     They are always at opposite sides of the spectrum

As earlier stated, omniverts are not in the middle of the introversion-extroversion spectrum. They are at either end.

Here’s a great example. An omnivert can go clubbing with friends and totally rock the night. Looking at this type, you’ll have absolutely no doubt that they are super extroverts.

Yet, that same individual will stay locked away for days afterward. You won’t hear a word from them. Yep, that’s the definition of an omnivert.

3.      They Don’t go with the Flow

Omniverts do not go with the flow. They are either in or out. So, if an omnivert is feeling down and out, there’s nothing you can do to make them budge.

If an omnivert is feeling excited and ready to conquer the world, there’s just no way you can make them take a seat.

Once again, the whole concept here is that they remain at the extreme end of both spectrums.

Who is an Ambivert?

An ambivert is someone who is near the middle of the spectrum. These individuals can drift in between introversion and extroversion depending on the circumstances.

Certain MBTI types identify as ambiverts. These are

  • ENFP
  • ENTP
  • ESTJ
  • ENTJ
  • ISFJ
  • INFJ
  • ISFP

Signs that you are an Ambivert

Here are some signs that can tell you if you are an ambivert.

1.      They identify as extroverts or introverts

While most people feel that ambiverts identify as both, that’s often not the case. Ambiverts are usually either introverts or extroverts. However, they are so close to the middle that they also show strong traits of the other side.

So ambiverts can largely be classified into extroverted introverts or introverted extroverts.

2.      Balanced

Ambiverts are often perceived as balanced. They can drift in and out of social gatherings or events. It’s all about where they find themselves.

Ambiverts need a lot of alone time. However, this is not to the degree of the Omniverts. The key phrase here is balanced. It’s all balanced out.

3.      Great Listeners/Talkers

Ambiverts do a lot of analysis during a conversation. They quickly pinpoint if the person they are speaking to likes to listen or talk a lot.

Once they make up their mind, they decide how to approach the situation. Depending on the circumstances, they can be great talkers or listeners.

Omnivert vs Ambivert- Similarities and Differences

OmnivertsAmbiverts
Likely to spend an insane amount of time socializing or aloneSocializes a bit and immediately needs to recharge
Will talk your head off or be quiet depending on their moodThe way they communicate depends on who they are talking to
Their mood is based on internal reactionsTheir mood is based on external circumstances
Usually at extreme ends of the spectrumAlways near the middle of the spectrum

Now that we have looked at what they stand for, let’s consider some similarities between these two personality types.

·        Time Spent Alone/Socializing

The first point of call between both personality types is their time spent alone and with others. Both types are similar because they both crave these two things.

However, the extent of time needed for each event will be completely different. Omniverts will spend more time socializing with others than ambiverts. The ambivert will quickly run out of energy and retreat.

Then again, the omnivert will also spend more time alone than the ambivert.

·        External/Internal

Both the ambivert and omnivert enjoy having time alone and socializing as earlier said. However, the reason for doing this is totally different.

While the ambivert goes out to meet people because they want to go with the flow, omniverts do so because they want to socialize.

Ambiverts can also choose to be alone. Sometimes, this is not because their batteries are drained or they need a time out.

They are just comfortable by themselves. Omniverts are a bit different.

Most times, they are forced to take a break after a lot of socializing.

·        Middle and All over the Spectrum

When you think of introversion and extroversion, think of it as a spectrum or a straight line. Ambiverts are near the middle of that line.

However, omniverts can be at the end of either spectrum, but never in the middle. Thus, while both ambiverts and omniverts are not normal introverts or extroverts, they have different positions on the spectrum.

·        Communication Style

As earlier stated, ambiverts position themselves and their communication style according to who they are talking to.

This is not the same with omniverts. You get what you get depending on the mood you catch them in. If you meet an omnivert when they are buzzing, they’ll talk your head off.

If you meet them when they are shut off, you’ll have to initiate conversation and keep things moving.

Omniverts and the MBTI

So, where do omniverts fall in the MBTI chart? The truth is that you can be any MBTI type and still be an omnivert. While certain types are more likely to be ambiverts, people are different.

Throw in the influence that your enneagram type has on you, and you’ll realize that being an omnivert is perfectly fine.

What Should You Do if you are an Omnivert?

If you are an omnivert, that’s perfectly fine. Here are tips you should follow to know more about yourself.

  • Read and watch videos about Omniverts. Try to understand your personality traits. That way, you can become the best version of yourself.
  • Read more about personality types. There’s the MBTI and enneagrams, to begin with. Having a keen understanding of where you stand will help you discover the true you.

So, are you an ambivert or an omnivert?

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have done a number of personality test I get Omnivert, Enneagram 9w1, and on Mbti i get isfj

    • Hello Jennifer,
      It’s possible to be all of that. I know many ISFJ 9w1s. You should probably check out the ISFJ 9w1 article on this website.

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