Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three years an Ambivert.

Dictionary sends me a new word and its possible meanings each day to my inbox. Most of which obviously I dint know existed, because otherwise you would have seen them extensively splashed across this blog. Today they sent me a word, ambivert.
According to dictionary, Ambivert is one whose personality type is intermediate between introvert and extrovert. As soon as I read it, I knew I was one.

Basically, I am not an introvert. I do not sulk in a corner of a party hall. I do not stew in my worries or success. However, at the same party if someone asks me to dance I may need a diaper. And that, my friend, is a quality of an ambivert. If you think about it, most of us are. Remember our teachers? They scream and yell at us all year. And the day our parents are called for the meeting at school, they are all sweet and extremely well behaved, and our parents are like ‘ You better stop talking about your teacher like that…she is a female version of Swami Vivekananda …just look at her!’ and there she is, saree clad with a halo circling around her head. On other days when she yells the saliva droplets travel at the speed of light to reach the backbencher’s nose, and there are fumes instead of the halo. So she is the best example of an ambivert. It can also be technically defined as- intelligent situational smartness or the lack of it.

We, ambiverts, are basically the convertible type. I mean, when we encounter negative criticism, we transform ourselves into extroverts. Whereas when there is a general knowledge quiz, we are introverts, or even invisible! We are completely flexible and this does not mean that we have no character or backbone; it just that we are chameleons in human form, newly christened as ambiverts! 

My almost-three-year-old was an introvert until he was one and a half. He would sit on my lap, wishing that nobody looked at him or pulled his cheeks. Later he became an extrovert. He would just walk into parties and transform into a tiny party animal. He wouldn't even turn to check if we were still around. Now he is almost three, and is in nursery. His teacher tells me, ‘He is so cute he doesn't even cry or yell over here’ and our neighbors say ‘what a cute little guy you've got.. We don’t even get to hear his voice…he is the silent type isn't he? You are so lucky!’ My husband and I are completely speechless at this stage and we just pretend to agree as our eardrums are already partially damaged by the person in question.
My sunglass is now in three pieces, most of my hair pulled out from its roots, the furniture broken at the ends, torn, spat on or scratched, you wouldn't believe that our walls were once white, some dresses have chocolate/sketch pen marks that refuses to go, and when he hangs from the sofa headrest upside down (that is how he watches TV), he gives me a feeling that he was Mowgli in his previous life. My eardrums are insensitive to smaller sounds now, as when he is a fraction of a millimeter away from me he yells ‘Ammeey’ into my ear which I could have heard had I been in space.



 But at parties, he is the kind of boy anybody would love to pamper and cuddle with. He puts up this innocent look and angelic smile, the combination that floors many female toddlers. And by ‘floors’ I meant, that when nobody is looking it is possible he could literally FLOOR them. That is how one displays the quality of being an ambivert. 

There is another word called antevert. According to the dictionary, it is a verb used ‘to displace (the uterus or other body organ) by tipping forward.It was when he tried to antevert me that I ended up in the labor room.

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24 comments:

  1. Such an awesome awesome post :D I was smiling as it is while coming to the end of the post but the anteverted bit literally made me laugh out loud !
    I'm actually quiet an introvert around most people...

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    1. Hahahaha I am so so glad I made you laugh !!!

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  2. Hahahaha Antevert!! The fear of that only makes me wanna be baby free! :D

    Being an introvert or extrovert for me depends on the people around. Some crowds I can jump in and talk constantly. Some others, I just want to keep my mouth shut. My mind works non-stop though!

    Post the pics of your son here na, I'm tempted to see him now!

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    1. There should be a separate word to describe 'the fear of labor room' ! :D
      That means you are also an ambivert...
      I will post pics.. may be a week later..as some of his antics failed and he is currently sporting some stitches and bandage under his chin :-/

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  3. I AM A DEFINITE AMBIVERT!!! And it is soo much better than tilting all the way towards being an introvert or an extrovert. Your baby boy is perfect!!! My God if he is anything like the way your described, I would pinch his bum and pull his cheeks! I am sorry, I have got his weird habit from my mother.

    ANTIVERT! DAMN!! I am cringing!

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    1. Hahah you are welcome to pinch the bum...please do :D

      Haha

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  4. Hahaha... Girl you are hilarious!!! Invisible for a GK quiz!!!
    All of us ambiverts... except for a few super enthu freaks who would dance like Sunny Leone without even being invited; or people like my husband who would sit in a corner because they don't like to talk to people about the weather and the next PM! Thank your stars that your son is neither of these.

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    1. Haha yeah I am just proud he is what he is now ! Majority of us being ambiverts..we dint even know there was a word to describe us !!

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  5. Amazing post! GOt me smiling especially towards the end when I remembered my wife going through the same... IT was quite an experience! I guess ambiverts are what most people are depending on the situation that goes on...

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    1. Correct ! Ambiverts can survive better I guess !

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  6. Now I have a word to describe myself-Ambivert :D This is so me!! :D

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    1. Hahaha...We are all ambiverts over here. ! Welcome to the club :D

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  7. My friends had used the 'selectively introvert' to describe me! So it's ambivert is it??
    The ending was too good!! :P

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    1. So, tell your friends that you are an Ambivert !We have a a word to recognize us ! :D

      Thanks, Rohan!

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  8. Nice post...Loved the ending! :)
    Just passing by.... <3

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  9. Now I know to which category I belong :) Nicely written, Anita :)

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  10. I think its derived form ambivalent. Guess, I am an ambivert as well. My lively side depends totally on the comfort level I share with others.

    But like I say, I am good when I'm sober but I am fabulous when I am drunk:D

    You should try it sometime :p

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  11. Now....here, come shake hands with one of the 'ambiest' of 'verts' ever....I had identified my 'condition' a decade n a half ago though....Nice post Anita!

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    1. Hi, I wish I could also turn into an ambivert, my problem is I was an introvert turned into an extrovert (compelled by personal, professional reasons :) )who does not know where to stop !!! I was in splits reading your post, the end is really hilarious.
      I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog through Nancy... take care and keep the posts coming they are truly great...

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    2. Thank you so much..! Keep visiting ...glad to have you here !

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