The most common types of personality traits are introverts and extroverts. However, there are two other categories: Ambiverts and Omniverts.
An Omnivert is someone with classic traits that are both introverted and extroverted. An Omnivore is someone who can exhibit both extremes -introversion and extraversion- at once. their personality type is entirely based on the situation they face.
An Ambivert is a balance between introversion and extraversion. Omniverts lack a perfect balance that ambiverts possess.
What is the difference between Omnivert and Ambivert?
An Ambivert is someone who is a mixture of introversion and extraversion. He has a balance between the two characteristics. He exists somewhere between being an extrovert and an introvert.
An Omnivore is someone who can exhibit both extremes at once. He is capable of displaying his outgoing side at social events. But when he is working on a project he prefers to stay alone and focus on his project. Omnivert can be both quiet, reserved, and fearless, outgoing. These are some differences between Ambivert and Omnivert:
1- Staying Between the Extremes vs. Hopping from One to the Other
Ambiverts are always between introversion and extraversion. They are never leaning from one to the other. Omniverts are always hopping from extraversion to introversion and vice versa.
2- Extroversion by External Necessity vs. Extroversion by Internal Necessity
Ambiverts show their extraversion side only when external circumstances require it. Omniverts show their extraversion side depending on their internal circumstances. They will be around people only when they like it, not because they are forced by external circumstances.
3- Introvert/Extrovert Mode vs. Leaning Into the Moment
When omniverts are in extraversion or introversion mode, their mode is obvious. Ambiverts on the other side do not switch the mode between the two traits. However when the situation requires, they can show more extraversion or introversion traits, but they will always stay balanced.
4- Perceived as Balanced and Normal vs. Perceived as Unbalanced and Abnormal
Omniverts are more likely to be misunderstood because they seem more changeable. People around omniverts are often confused about whether they are introverted or extroverted. But omniverts are perceived as balanced and normal.
5- Day-to-Day Emotional Stability vs. Emotional Flux
Ambiverts seem more emotionally stable. They show a healthy balance of extroversion and introversion traits. Both sides need to recharge to show their extroversion side. But the omniverts need more time to recharge thus they look more emotionally unstable.
Ambiverts are more adaptive and omniverts are more reactive.
Signs that you are an omnivert
Your personality is situational
An omnivert can be both reserved and outgoing. They can be reserved and isolated when presented in a situation they don’t like to be in. And they can also be the life of a social event when they are enjoying.
You don’t adapt easily to every situation
Since ambiverts have a balance between introverts and extroverts, they can adapt easily to what situation they are presented to. On the other hand, omniverts can’t adapt easily to what the situation requires. They exhibit introversion or extroversion only when they are enjoying, not when the situation forces them to act.
Ambiverts are more emotionally stable. They find it easy to stay calm in different circumstances. Omniverts seem less emotionally stable. The Omniverts approach to situations is more reactive, while the ambiverts approach is more adaptive.
Omniverts show no consistency in communication and behavior. You can’t predict what their next step is.
You need to recharge your social battery
After each eventful social event, you need to recharge your social battery for several days. You might party hard for a few days, and then go hiding.
Suddenly shift to introverted traits
If you are overwhelmed by a social situation, you unexpectedly show introverted treats.
Variations in mood
For omniverts, their moods or range of emotions changes with such extremities from one day to the next. So, if you are dependent on how the external circumstances alter around you, this may tell that you are an omnivert.
The change in social groups
Depending on his social battery level, the omnivert will choose the group of people he wants to be around. When he has a high social tendency, he will be closer to the social group of his friends,
and when his social battery is low, he prefers to be alone or close to those who make excellent silent companions.
Show no consistency
The omniverts show no consistency in their traits, making others unsure of which side they’ll get. Their next action is often unpredictable.
Who is better Ambivert or Omnivert?
Ambiverts maintain the balance between the two personality traits -introversion and extroversion-
They are more balanced, more emotionally stable, and more adaptive to each situation. So they have an advantage over omniverts.
However, omniverts -when they are enjoying- can take both personality traits to extreme levels. They can be super Extroverts when they have fun doing that and super introverts when they are enjoying a certain task or a project. So in the aspect of creativity, I find omniverts more creative than Ambiverts. Due to their imbalance and their tendency to easily get bored they can change the world around them.
Is it a bad thing to be an omnivert?
It’s not a bad thing to be omnivert. But omnivert personality is one of the hardest personalities to deal with. They are unpredictable. One day they will be welcoming and the other day they will not interact with you. If you’re an omnivert, then it’s important to watch your mood, when to stay with people, and when to stay away from them.
Are Omniverts rare?
Ambiverts are not rare. the upper-level executives, such as a CEO, a manager, or a director are mostly ambiverts because they are more flexible in their behavior and conversations. Omniverts on the other hand are rare. Some inspiring leaders are omniverts. Their tendency to be social or reserved when they are enjoying one of the two extremes makes them unpredictable, which is an important trait of creative leaders.
Often -Ambivert and Omnivert- terms are used interchangeably. An ambivert is a person whose overall behavior is the balance of extrovert and introvert. On the other side, an omnivert can express both introversion and extraversion traits based on the situation he is facing.