Introvert? Extrovert? Ambivert? Does It Matter?

The labels introvert, extrovert, or ambivert do not perfectly describe every personality type.

“People are naturally scary,” Alayna Petty, an introverted freshman said. “Sometimes people just look so tall and so cool that they just become sorta intimidating.”

“If you aren’t an extrovert don’t try to be one. It really isn’t worth it,” Tyler Calloway, an extroverted senior said. “There are always so many people trying to be involved, and then there’s the snakes in the grass who try to bite you.”

“You really just get the best of both worlds when you’re an ambivert,” JaighDa Williams, a freshman said. “There is always someone there for me, but I still have my peace and quiet when I want it.”

Williams and Calloway both find the bond in their relationships relaxing, but Petty prefers using music to relax herself. Williams and Calloway are similar for using the bonds to relax themselves, they are both still very different. Williams enjoys going to sleep at the end of the day, but Calloway enjoys playing on his PlayStation with his friends. Petty prefers to sit and think to herself at the end of the day.

“It’s like I black out when I’m thinking,” Petty said. “I’m just so deep in thought I get lost.”

Extroverts tend to have a wide majority of friends, ambiverts seem to have a little less than extroverts, and introverts usually only have a few close friends.

“It takes a while for me to call people my friends, because for me there are stages like acquaintances and so on,” Petty said.

“I have enough friends to be able to always talk to someone but not too many to where I’m overwhelmed with them,” Williams said.

“I don’t have friends; I just have brothers,” Calloway said, “but it’s the people from day one who are real homies.”

Even when extroverts are outgoing, they still have problems, people still make them anxious.

“I hate it when people get too close to me because I never know their intentions,” Calloway said.

Ambiverts still have complications even when having “the best of both worlds.”

“Sometimes it’s tough because I don’t want to be social, and people don’t usually understand that,” Williams said.

Introverts can still be social and talk to people.

“Yeah, sure I talk to people, but only sometimes, and only if they talk to me first,” Petty said.

The titles of introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts don’t mean that everyone follows the stereotypes that fall after the names.