16 Personalities | Assertive vs Turbulent Types

What is the difference between the 16 personalities as Assertive (A) or Turbulent (T) types?

First, let us discuss what Assertiveness and Turbulence is.

Assertiveness and Turbulence are not fixed personality traits. You can learn to become more assertive, or your personal situation or lifestyle can make you more Turbulent. Turbulent types are less “like themselves” and appear less like their personality type.

Being Assertive does not mean that you do not experience negative emotions or fear or anxiety. Being Assertive simply means that, even when you feel that way, you are still resolute, resolved, and prepared to take responsibility and work through your feelings in a confident manner. Turbulent types do not feel in control of their lives or what happens to them, and so, they are taken over by their feelings. Turbulent types often have a static mindset, meaning they do not feel that their actions matter. Assertive types have a Growth Mindset. That means that they believe that their actions will and can change their situation and better their circumstances.

Now, let us talk about the 16 Personalities and when they are Assertive or Turbulent.

The 16 Personalities When Assertive Or Turbulent

The best version of each personality type differs. What is your type like when assertive or turbulent?


When ENFPs are Assertive, they are curious, enterprising types, full of ideas and a desire to make their ideas come to life. While they may sometimes feel upset that they are not able to show enough follow through, and while they may feel confused, they still are able to make waves and make change happen in their life. When Turbulent, these ENFPs remain on their drawing board, jumping from thing to thing, and never certain of themselves. They give up easily or become discouraged quickly if things turn out to be more difficult tha

n anticipated.


The Assertive ENFJ is passionate, outspoken, and a champion for the people and for the causes they care about the most. The Turbulent ENFJ is critical and easily disappointed or disillusioned. They feel unworthy of love and feel they have to prove their value to the world, but do not know how. The Assertive ENFJ works to prove their dreams can work out, even if questioned or criticized or told “it is impossible.”. The Turbulent ENFJ is easily confused by others doubt and will quickly lose their passion if other people are not on board, too.


When INFPs are Assertive, they are curious, idealistic types, full of hope and dreams. While they may sometimes feel upset that they are not able to show enough follow through, and while they may feel self-doubt, they still are able to trust themselves and express themselves to the world. When Turbulent, these INFPs remain on their drawing board, always thinking about what they would like to do, but never confident enough to show themselves to the world.


When INFJs are Assertive, they are driven, visionary types, with a strong sense of purpose and self-direction. While they may sometimes get upset with themselves or feel dissatisfied with their own skill or execution of their ideas, they still work to better themselves and to become worthy ambassadors for their dream. When Turbulent, these INFJs remain in a theoretical state, always wondering about what to do, and constantly criticizing or berating themselves for not being good enough or not being able to manifest their dreams in the proper way.


The Assertive INTJ is ambitious and driven, and even if they sometimes doubt themselves or feel that the odds are stacked against them, will still work to do their best to prevail. The Turbulent INTJ will instead dive into self-pity, feeling that life is unfair, or that they were cursed to be less than others. The Assertive INTJ believes that they can manifest their ideas in the world and make room for themselves, if they are confident and prepared to fight. The Turbulent INTJ will easily give up or feel outmaneuvered or badly treated by others.


Assertive ENTJs are ambitious entrepreneurs, always working on new projects or scoping out new ideas. You like trial and error and you are not afraid to make a few mistakes or to invest in a risky new idea. You will work hard to make it work, and if it doesn’t work, you will find a new way. The Turbulent ENTJ will instead feel disappointed if an idea is not immediately successful, and gives up more quickly. If things don’t go your way, you become angry at the world, or start to act more recklessly. You may dive into quick and easy escapes or cheat to get your way, or blame others if things don’t work out.


Assertive ENTPs are creative, proactive people full of ideas, always working on themselves and learning new skills. The Turbulent ENTPs have lots of ideas, but become immediately discouraged if they are not quickly good at the task. Turbulent ENTPs feel they have to immediately be the best at something or there is no point. Assertive ENTPs believe in themselves and feel they can master anything.


The unhealthy, turbulent INTP will be locked in a permanent state of study and learning, but become so critical of things that they never know what to do. The assertive INTP will push through the criticism and negativity, and know that their critical thinking is a superpower. They can spot flaws and mistakes easily, but also know how to navigate and work around this to improve at things. Things may turn out to be tough sometimes, but you know how to make the best out of a situation, and can laugh and find amusement in the unexpexted problems that come up.


When ISTPs are assertive, they are expertful, self-mastered people, who put a lot of effort into doing things the correct or perfect way. When turbulent, they choose te quick and easy path, and feel there is no point to putting effort into anything. Drifting from thing to thing, nothing matters. Investing into something is a quick path to disappointment.


The powerful, confident ESTP will work hard at what they do and know how to befriend anyone. You are a master salesman and someone that can work with the crowd to make things happen. You know how to impress anyone. But when turbulent, there is a feeling that there is something wrong with you, that people don’t like you, and that everyone is against you.


When confident, the ESTJ feels in control of life and feels that they are powerful, capable, and respected. When turbulent, the ESTJ feels weak, incapable, and disrespected by others. Turbulent ESTJs can be aggressive and combative people, while Assertive ESTJs are typically great at working with the community and taking responsibility for themselves.


The assertive ISTJ is respected, responsible, and dutiful. The turbulent ISTJ shuns people and responsibility, and feels that it is unfair that everything always rests on them. Or, they may feel that even if they take responsibility, that nobody respects them for it.


The Assertive ISFJ is well liked, polite, and charming. Able to become quickly liked by anyone, they have a nice sense of humor, and self-deprecatory charm. You don’t mind being the butt of the joke, and you can turn the other cheek and show a positive example. When turbulent however, you often doubt yourself, and feel disliked by others. You feel used or manipulated by other people, and so you become cold and turn inwards.


Assertive ESFJs are friendly people-persons, and the life of any party. You take responsibility for others and to make sure that other people are happy, and you trust that others would have your back too. Turbulent ESFJs feel easily disappointed in others, and worry about being manipulated and used. This can make you clannish and cunning, keeping your cards around your chest and thinking about how to help people and make sure that they feel indebted to you.


The assertive ESFP is fun, spontaneous, and playful. You feel that life is easy, fun, and simple, and you know how to have a good time. The turbulent ESFP on the other hand, feels that life is hard, tough, and full of difficult responsibilities.


When ISFPs are assertive, they are self-expressive, individualistic, and positive people. When turbulent, they are suspicious, and often feel like losers. The world is against you, and nobody likes you, so there is no point in doing anything. When you work on yourself, you work on your image and how you see yourself. By learning to love yourself, you become more positive and self-accepting, and ready to put yourself out to the world.

What did you think about your type? Did you resonate with the description? Leave a comment below to learn more!

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