Do you find that you tend to give contradicted answers every time you take the Myers-Brigg personality test? I mean one question you’re choosing the “you like to party hard” answer and the next one, you’re definitely going for the ” I don’t like crowdy places”.
Assuming you’ll be answering the test honestly, you’ll find that your choice of answers changes every other day you decide to retake it. hence, a different result every time.
And you’re left confused.
Haven’t taken the MBTI test yet? forget about it and consider answering these simple questions I’m giving you:
- Do you think you’re definitely not a total classic introvert nor a total extroverted one?
- Would you call yourself a moody person?
- Are you often puzzled by the repeatable change in how you perceive yourself? sometimes on a day to day basis.
- Do you think that people always misunderstand who you are or at least find their interpretation of you incomplete?
- Do you find it hard to understand who you are, and how you react to the world around you?
If your answer is a definite Yes to all the questions above, then you may just be an omnivert.
What is an omnivert?
The simple meaning behind the word omnivert would be someone who exhibits both introverted and extroverted traits but not at the same time.
Actually, this is what differentiates omniverts from ambiverts.
Ambiverts are a mix of both personality traits (introversion and extroversion) at once while Omniverts are either classic introverts or extroverts depending on their internal state.
I should mention that the word omnivert is a slang and it’s not yet recognized by any respected dictionary.
I’m not sure who came up with the word first, but it has definitely taken a specific meaning around people in the MBTI Community.
I think they did right finding a term for thousands* of people who:
- Can’t be defined as classic introverts or extroverts.
- Have trouble balancing their introverted and extroverted traits at once, as ambiverts do.
- Can’t be defined as ambiverts because they either tend to be at the extremes of both personality traits.
Now to help you understand more what an omnivert is and decide if you’re actually one, here are 6 signs to look for in yourself (or someone you know) to see if you’re an omnivert based on how other omniverts defined themselves:
6 Signs You’re an Omnivert
1. You’re introverted with extroverts and extroverted with introverts.
One of the main reasons why people often misunderstand your personality is that you display different personality traits with different people.
It’s like being with reserved and quiet people makes you outgoing and talkative while being with noisy and outgoing people makes you retreat into your introverted self so then you’re quieter and reserved.
The way you react to people has something to do with your internal state in this case.
When you’re with introverts, you’re less stimulated from the inside and that’s why you get to be extroverted while being with outgoing extroverts will get you easily stimulated internally and that is why you’ll retreat to quieter you to avoid overstimulation.
This brings us to the second sign
2. Your personality traits reflect your internal state.
This means that your external circumstances don’t get to affect your personality display of traits, rather you are introverted or extroverted depending on your internal circumstances.
You don’t get to consciously choose between being introverted or extroverted on any given day which makes you feel like your personality is out of control.
But this is only natural. Let me explain …
Being an omnivert means you get to be entirely introverted one day, then the next day you’re the life of a party.
The closest interpretation to this is that you need that introverted state to be internally ready for your extroverted self to emerge and vice versa.
Your brain is looking for dopamine, so you’ll internally have to balance between being understimulated ( extroverted )and overstimulated (introverted).
When you’re internally understimulated, you’ll be externally outgoing and talkative because your brain is looking for stimulation to get its dose of dopamine.
When you pass that preferred level of stimulation and things start getting out of hand ( hence internal overstimulation) you’ll naturally externally become introverted for your brain to get its dopamine levels back in check.
Just to help you understand more.
3. You’re one giant ball of moodiness
One day you’re the life of the party. You dance, drink and flirt like nobody’s business. Doing this makes you confident! you can take the world!
Then the next day you don’t want to go out and meet anyone, you get anxious when the phone rings because you don’t want to pick it up and actually talk. You just want quiet and some time alone, another person can take the world!
Not understanding your personality well, this change of internal state will make you less confident in yourself and you’ll end up feeling bad about yourself for being like this when you’re just ‘unknowingly’ choosing to be yourself.
Because being introverted is just the other side of the omnivert coin and it should be accepted and enjoyed.
4. You get a different MBTI type every time you retake the test
An omnivert is an ‘off-center extrovert’ or an ‘off-center introvert’ and because of this, you get different types depending on how overstimulated or under-stimulated you are at the time of the test.
5. You’re either an extreme introvert or an extreme extrovert
Again depending on your internal state, you’re either totally an introvert or totally an extrovert. There’s no in between.
You don’t exhibit both classic traits at the same time, and this is what confuses the people around you. Being blatantly outgoing and brash one day and becoming unmistakenly reserved and quiet the next one.
That’s where the next sign comes in.
6. You’re perceived as unbalanced by the people around you
People you know would call you out for being too outgoing and friendly with them the other day then appearing withdrawn and isolated the next.
When in fact, It’s just your omniverted personality temperament reacting to your inner state.
People (and even you as an omnivert) will find it hard to deal with your apparent change in behavior and you’ll get judged for this. That why being an omnivert means having the most misunderstood personality temperament among the four (introvert, extrovert, ambivert, and omnivert)
An omnivert is a person who is both an introvert and an extrovert. He can be unmistakenly an introvert one day and an extrovert the other depending on his internal circumstances.
Is Omnivert and ambivert the same?
No, they’re not the same.
While both exhibit introverted and extroverted traits, ambivert are a mix of both at the same time, and omnivert are either one or the other at any given day, nothing in between.
Are Omniverts rare?
There are definitely more ambiverts in the world because they share a perfect blend of introversion and extroversion, but omniverts are not rare in real life.
They’re just less likely to define themselves as omniverts in the first place.
Who is an Omnivert?
An omnivert is any person who exhibits traits of both introversion and extroversion, but the level varies depending on their internal state.
Is Omnivert bipolar?
No, bipolar is actually an extreme form of unexplainable moodiness.
While people with bipolar are very emotional and sometimes for no reason whatsoever, omniverts tend to get emotional due to their lack of personality understanding, and once that one is figured out, they can be really stable emotionally.
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Being an omnivert means having a misunderstood personality type, and because of this, people with this kind of temperament get judged and misunderstood.
But it’s just a matter of knowing who you are and accepting your true self. Once that’s done, everyone around you will naturally understand you better.
Thank you for reading!