Assertive people are dominant and forceful. They seek power and group influence. They speak with confidence and without hesitation.

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You tend to speak up in groups, and tend towards confidence, dominance, and enthusiastic sharing and expression. You are not shy about sharing your point of view and may often, as a result, be the more dominant voice in a given setting.


In love you may be overpowering, depending on whom you are matched with. Those who score high on modesty, for instance, will have a difficult time coming into their own around you. There may be friction between you and those who are also this trait, as sometimes the assertive articulation of thoughts and feelings may overpower the desire to learn and share in mutuality.

Be aware of how you wield this power. It is a power. People like deferring to those who are confident and aggressive—it feels safe and true to many, like they are being parented. But just because you are powerful does not mean you are right, and exerting power that is not carefully considered is a very dangerous thing. Try things like adding “I feel” or “I believe” or “it seems to me” before your statements to let others know you are not an ultimate authority but a subjective thinker offering up your subjective point of view at a given moment in time.


Because of your dominance and confidence, you likely find yourself in leadership roles at work. Others may look to you for guidance and or rousing speeches as you are less likely to be timid about taking on such a role, and offer steady, confident, and maybe even aggressive vocalization. This comes across as strong to many and will thus likely result in others deferring power to you.


As mentioned in love, your assertiveness may get in the way of two things: 1. Others' ability to safely and freely communicate in your presence, and 2. Your ability to learn and understand through open and receptive listening. You may feel called to express and speak up, but unless mitigated, speaking up may serve to distort the issue more than clarify it, as you may not leave space for the diversity of views and the flexibility of learning that comes with calm listening.











Low Scorers

You generally keep quiet and may be perceived as shy or unaggressive. You don’t often feel the need to make yourself heard or make a point publicly.


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