9 Signs You Have a Turbulent Personality

Individuals with turbulent personalities are driven to achieve success, are perfectionistic, and are eager to improve their skills. They try to counterbalance their self-doubts by achieving more to compensate for it. People with turbulent personalities tend to be more highly strung than those with assertive personalities. They are more sensitive to criticism and anxious about their impression on other people. Often, they value career success and are detail-oriented.

In this article, we will discuss the concept of a turbulent personality, and summarize nine signs for you to check if you are a turbulent person. We will also make a comparison between turbulent personality and assertive personality. Read to learn more.

Me, Myself, and Us by Brian Little helps you understand your personality.


  • What Is a Turbulent Personality?
  • Turbulent Personality Vs. Assertive Personality
  • · Is It Good to Have a Turbulent Personality?
  • 9 Signs You Have a Turbulent Personality
  • Final Thoughts

· What Is a Turbulent Personality?

A turbulent personality, as well as its polar opposite, an assertive personality, may be seen as traits that demonstrate our sense of confidence, capability, and ability to make sound decision-making. Turbulent personalities are generally perfectionists and work hard to prove their worth.

Nevertheless, people who have turbulent personality traits are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, impulsivity, anger, vulnerability, and self-consciousness. As sensitive as they are, they counterbalance these negative traits with personal growth and by achieving new goals in order to counterbalance these negative qualities. In spite of having low self-esteem and self-doubt, those with a turbulent personality are extremely detail-oriented and prefer to solve minor problems before they become major obstacles despite being burdened with poor self-esteem and self-doubt.

Although this may appear like they have an overly pessimistic outlook in life, these individuals are typically extremely optimistic and are always driven to accomplish more. The reason for this is that they are always looking for issues they can handle, which means that they will often look for negative outcomes in positive situations.

· Turbulent Personality Vs. Assertive Personality

There is no fixed personality trait such as assertiveness or turbulence. Adapting to your circumstances or lifestyle can make you become more assertive or more turbulent. Turbulent personalities appear less “like themselves” than assertive ones.

Being assertive does not mean that you don’t experience negative emotions, fears, or anxiety. You can be assertive even when you feel that way, but you are still resolute, determined, and prepared to take responsibility and work through your feelings confidently. It is because of their feelings that turbulent types feel like they have no control over their lives and what happens to them. The turbulent type often has a static mindset, which means they do not believe their actions are important. The assertive type often has a growth mindset, which means they believe their actions will and can improve their circumstances.

· Is It Good to Have a Turbulent Personality?

Turbulent individuals have a habit of being self-conscious perfectionists, who are concerned about how others perceive them or how they perceive themselves and tend to be calm, relaxed, and free from worry. Assertive individuals (their opposite number) have a habit of being calm, relaxed, and free of worry.

It is easy to see the turbulent type variant as undesirable – after all, how many movies feature a confident, laid-back assertive that plays the role of a painfully neurotic Turbulent who has no idea how to relax. There is no doubt that turbulent types can easily be used as foils against assertive ones in buddy comedies, but those who are Turbulent in real life are not so easily reduced when used as a foil.

Turbulent personality types, like all others, have their own strengths, and the only way for turbulent types to achieve their full potential is to embrace their strengths – rather than trying to emulate the behavior of the supposedly more “well-adjusted” assertives. 

· 9 Signs You Have a Turbulent Personality

  1. You’re Always Striving for Better

A turbulent personality often comes with perfectionistic tendencies. People who have turbulent personalities find it difficult to be satisfied with their work as well as with relationships and material possessions in their personal lives.

They constantly strive to improve or make everything they do better, but never quite reach perfection. The result is that they push themselves well beyond their physical limits to achieve what they perceive to be perfection.

  • You’re Driven by Success

People with turbulent personalities believe that the only way to be worthy of praise, affection, or friendship is to achieve success. They measure their lives in their achievements and drive themselves to reach milestones.

These milestones are usually career-based, such as landing an account, getting a promotion, or producing an excellent piece of work that your boss praises. They might also be motivated by personal goals, such as a new home, a happy marriage, or more money, in some cases.

  • You’re Sensitive to Your Surroundings

It is common for people with turbulent personalities to suffer from the spotlight effect. This psychological sensation can make them feel as if they are surrounded by eyes.

For a variety of reasons, people with turbulent personalities are particularly self-conscious and feel that strangers are judging them whenever they go out in public.

Perhaps they feel like everyone around them has noticed something they feel particularly self-conscious about, or perhaps they think that others are noticing things that they have never noticed.

  • You’re Detail Oriented

If you have a turbulent personality, you are naturally detail-oriented. You have to work on every little detail until it is perfect in order to make something the best it can be. Once that happens, the big picture will also be perfect. It’s a great way to work and makes someone with a turbulent personality a valuable colleague.

It can be stressful for the individual to pursue perfection at the expense of their mental well-being, as they can become obsessive over small, insignificant details. You’re likely to work for a very long time if every detail needs to be perfect before you can finish a job.

  • You’re Often Sensitive and Over-Anxious

Having the constant desire to succeed can create a sense of stress and overwhelm in a person. Because success is typically the way in which a person with a turbulent personality determines their self-worth, they’re likely to never feel worthwhile. In the end, they won’t be able to keep up with the parameters as they keep moving further and further away.

Most people with turbulent personalities tend to feel full of self-doubt as a result of constantly comparing themselves to others. In addition to the fact that they are always hyper-aware of problems that others are unaware of, they also have a very negative view of the world overall as they are always hyper-aware of problems that others cannot see.

  • You Suffer from Imposter Syndrome

The majority of people with turbulent personalities don’t think of themselves as being deserving of any of the positions they have at work and in life, especially if they are senior in their positions. It is common for people to downplay their accomplishments, feeling as though they are not worthy of being proud of, and don’t wish to share them with others.

Imposter syndrome usually makes people terrified that one day someone will discover they don’t belong in the position they hold and that they’ll be humiliated or heartbroken when they’re removed from it.

  • You Often Forget Self-Care

It is often difficult for a person with a turbulent personality to find balance between work and social life and taking care of themselves, and this often comes at a heavy price. While many of us struggle to balance our work and social lives, a person with a turbulent personality struggles to find balance at all.

They will work until they feel that what they have created is the best it can be, regardless of the personal needs of their lives. Instead of eating, washing, or sleeping, they choose to work until they feel that what they have created is the best it can be

It usually seems as if they don’t have any choice when it comes to self-care versus working, since only one of those things seems important, and they can’t risk wasting time on the other.

  • People Say You Lack Empathy

People with a turbulent personality don’t innately lack empathy, but they may be accused of not being empathic towards them when they need support by friends and family. They approach the world with such a logical, problem-solving perspective instinctively.

When loved ones seek help, they are looking for a shoulder to cry on. They want a sympathetic ear. If, however, they seek that support from a person with a turbulent personality, they may receive suggestions and solutions to fix the problem they’re facing, rather than a sounding board for venting.

They might truly want to help, but their cold and unempathetic approach can come across as uncaring

  • You’re Optimistic

People with turbulent personalities aren’t the terrible things they’re often painted as. They’re great hard workers and are also relentlessly optimistic. With dedication and consideration, they believe everything can be solved. Their work ethic is so strong that they believe everything can be solved.

Due to their determination and commitment to their work, they make confident leaders and have the ability to guide teams to produce high-quality results.

The label of “neurotic fun-sponge” is often incorrectly put on turbulent personalities. They are shown as controlling and work-obsessed, but this is far from the truth.

People with turbulent personalities suffer from deep introspection and self-doubt. However, these people are crucial members of any team and won’t give up until they are proud of what they have accomplished.

As caregivers, they want to take care of their loved ones and use their skills, primarily in problem-solving, to fix the problems that they encounter. They believe they can solve any problem they encounter, or that someone they love may encounter.\

· Final Thoughts

The above characteristics have both negative and positive aspects, but anything in excess can lead to disaster. Turbulent individuals need to learn how to balance their professional and personal lives.

The beauty of life is that we cannot always force things to happen according to our wishes. We cannot always force things to be the way we want them to be, so we should not try to control everything.

Turbulent people need to be optimistic at times so they are able to appreciate small things and achievements in life. Overthinking doesn’t solve your problems.

Don’t worry too much about the future and what it might bring, instead live in the present and enjoy it.

Thank you for reading this article about turbulent people! We hope you learned some interesting facts about them.

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