Would you consider yourself a turbulent or assertive INTJ. Carl Jung was a personality theorist who developed the first three preferences (or “dichotomies”): Introvert vs. Extrovert; Intuitive vs. Sensing; and Thinking vs. Feeling.
Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabella Briggs Myers developed the fourth preference (or dichotomy): Judging vs. Perceiving.
However, I have noticed that 16personalities.com has added a fifth scale, which they call Identity. The two preferences for identity are “turbulent vs. assertive.”
I find this rather interesting, because it does raise the question of whether a type can be further divided based on some characteristic. Here’s how they defined each of these characteristics:
“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.”
“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.”
Based on those definitions, I’m definitely a “turbulent” INTJ. I am very sensitive to stress. When things fall apart, I tend to panic. I’ve had issues of being self-conscious, too. I’m also a perfectionist, but only in some aspects of my life. Interestingly, perfectionism actually causes a lot of stress and aggravation.
Furthermore, I am extremely success-driven. If I don’t feel like my life is moving in a positive direction, I get frustrated. I like to feel as if I’m working toward some important goal. I hate feeling like I have no direction or that I’m failing.