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Jung identified "ambiverts" but without calling them that:
"The normal man is, by definition, influenced as much from within as from without. He constitutes the extensive middle group, on one side of which are those whose motivations are determined mainly by the external object, and, on the other, those whose motivations are determined from within. I call the first group extraverted, and the second group introverted.
from "Psychological Types," CG Jung, p. 516

The "extensive middle group" would be comprised of what is popularly eing termed "ambiverts." It's a ridiculous designation because it describes nearly everyone. One might as well describe a person as "human." At best, the term is a pushback against excessive labeling, the limitations that many type enthusiasts impose with excessive pigeonholing, and ignorance of the breadth implied by the designations. In other words, it's an understandable compensation for type terms being applied too narrowly.

-Vicky Jo :-)

"At best, the term is a pushback against excessive labeling, the limitations that many type enthusiasts impose with excessive pigeonholing, and ignorance of the breadth implied by the designations. In other words, it's an understandable compensation for type terms being applied too narrowly."

Agreed.

It's also a term I've found some people embracing because then they aren't (OMG!) Introverts (those awful quiet people no one likes) or (OMG!) Extraverts (those awful talky people no lone likes)

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