Identity: Assertive vs. Turbulent

Our last scale, Identity, affects all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. In a way, it acts as an internal sensor, reacting to the input we get from the environment – for instance, success or failure, feedback from other people, pressure caused by unexpected events and so on. Mind and Identity scales are the alpha and the omega of our model, acting like an external shell that we wear in all our interactions with the outside world – we discuss all four possible combinations of these traits in the “Strategies” section of our main theoretical article, but in this one, let’s take a look at what the Identity scale looks like.

Assertive (-A) individuals are self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals. Similarly, they are unlikely to spend much time thinking about their past actions or choices – according to Assertive types, what’s done is done and there is little point in analyzing it. Not surprisingly, people with this trait report more satisfaction with their lives and they also feel more confident in their abilities to handle challenging and unexpected situations.

In contrast, individuals with Turbulent (-T) identity are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They experience a wide range of emotions and tend to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve. They are also more willing to change jobs if they feel stuck in their current one and to spend time thinking about the direction in which their life is going.

However, while the Assertive variant may seem more positive on the surface, that is not always the case – for instance, Turbulent individuals perform better in certain roles as they push themselves to achieve superior results, while Assertive ones do not care about the outcome that much. Always feeling the need to do more, to have more, and to be more, Turbulent types often forget how exhausting that can be to both themselves and the people around them – but it is entirely possible that this desire to always push themselves just a little further helps many Turbulent types to achieve what they seek to achieve.

1 month ago difficult to be this type...
1 month ago
I'm an INTP-T, but the fact that I'm turbulent rather than assertive is what I'm the most confident on. I definitely don't handle stress well, I'm selfconscious and very sensitive.
3 months ago
I'm 83% turbulent which makes sense because if there is too much stress I will explode and lash out or I will break down.
5 months ago
INTP-T. Stress can be a great source of motivation for me, but it often leads to frustration and the destruction of everyday objects. I tend to procrastinate a lot and improvise, which I admit can be a strength for me, but I’d like to be more organised and relaxed and be less of a burden to others. Does anybody else feel the same way?
4 months ago
Mood! Sorry, I’m a INFP-T and I procrastinate literally everything and the realization that my 4-5 page essay is due won’t even affect me until half an hour before it’s due, at which point I will work as hard and as fast as I can (and maybe take some shortcuts) but actually turn in the paper, done and perfect, only twenty minutes late...
3 months ago
I'm actually doing that right now... I should be working on my English essay but I'm procrastinating on here instead... INTP-A
3 months ago
ISTJ-T and looking at these articles instead of studying for my finals. I must say though, I've been able to release some of the pressure by relying on a higher power, not for this certain circumstance exactly, I'm not just expecting God to fix my problems. Over time via setting goals for certain times, I've been able to boost my productivity and accomplish things before their due date for the greater good.
1 month ago
Sometimes its jarring how accurate this website is. I am also an INFP-T and its as if you read the words from my brain.
5 months ago
I'm and ENFP-T. This was really helpful. In the enfp biography, 16personalities reiterated time and time again that enfp's dreams typically don't go anywhere and remain just dreams. That confused me because I have been very successful in achieving my dreams in the past. I read this and realized my -T trait helps me push forward to actually achieve these dreams. !!!
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