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.

2 days ago
INTP-T here! "[Turbulent individuals] spend time thinking about the direction in which their life is going." Every. Bloody. Day.
1 month ago
“Assertive ones do not care about the outcome that much.” I completely agree (: INTP-A here...
2 weeks ago
Agreed! :D
1 week ago
Also though I feel right in the middle too because sometimes I have a serious temper. No stress though or working hard for goals. It’s a close one!
1 month ago
"Turbulent individuals are self-conscious", oh I would like to be Turbulent !!
1 month ago
No, you wouldn't.
1 month ago
I found my result so amusing I used it as my name. INTP, 99% Assertive. Luckily, with the Logician personality, I am driven through other reasons to better myself than feeling as though I am not good enough. I have full confidence in my abilities, I just get neurotic about the work itself. The part about revising my work over and over and over and never being truly done was more accurate than anything I have read before.
2 months ago
I'm pretty split with this. I'm 56% turbulent and 44% assertive. I feel that internally, I'm pretty turbulent, but since everyone at my school seems to have no motivation to do anything worthwhile in their lives, I can feel a bit cocky from that.
2 weeks ago
I'm 56% assertive and 44% turbulent, the complete opposite of you lol. But, since I'm an INFJ, I'm more aware of myself I'm able to whip myself in shape. What is done is done, yes, but it's better to learn from the past and not forget it. I enrolled in a medical program in school while everyone else was indecisive, so I can agree with you on feeling cocky, like "ha, I'm better off than those people" ^ ^
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