10 signs you have a really strong personality, according to psychology

Having a strong personality doesn’t mean being aggressive.

It has more to do with being true to who you are and not letting life’s indignities bring you down.

It’s about having thick skin and an elastic heart.

Not breaking easily.

Here are 10 signs you have a really strong personality, according to psychology.

It’s never too late to cultivate some of these, just in case.

1) You’re assertive

Assertive people have a strong sense of themselves and understand what they bring to the table.

They communicate their opinions and needs without becoming aggressive.

In other words, they get their point of view across while also considering others.

Being assertive signals that you respect both yourself and the people around, according to psychology.

You stand up straight, set boundaries, and don’t let anyone abuse your kindness.

This is even more impressive given that, growing up, many of us are taught to defer to others and please people in order to fit in.

If you’re an assertive adult, you know your worth. That signals you have a strong personality.

And if you’re still working on it, here are a few things you can focus on:

  • Understand your own needs, values, and limits
  • Use “I” statements when expressing your feelings/opinions
  • Say “No” more often
  • Practice assertive body language
  • Learn to accept compliments gracefully

The more you value yourself, the more others will, too.

2) You’re resilient

Having a strong character and being resilient go hand in hand.

Weak people can get discouraged at the first minor bump on the road to success.

They take longer to recover following a failure, and their discipline wavers when pursuing a goal.

Resilient people, on the other hand, understand that mistakes are part of the journey and relentlessly move forward regardless of what curveballs life throws their way.  

If you’re resilient, you’re your own greatest cheerleader.  

You encourage yourself, celebrate your accomplishments, and convince yourself to get back in the game after hardship.

You don’t let the haters get you down, no matter how hard they might try to do so.

How cool is that?

3) You’re confident

Psychology studies show that self-esteem is closely tied to achieving success in all areas of life while also having an impact on your mental health.

Following that logic, you can’t have a strong personality without confidence.

Strong characters believe in themselves and their abilities.

They don’t rely on external validation. Instead, they find all the validation they require within.

This is something I constantly struggle with.

While I don’t have a low opinion of myself, I’m often skeptical about my abilities despite evidence of the contrary.

I repeatedly miss opportunities simply because I don’t trust myself to rise to the challenge, and I’m scared I’ll end up disappointing myself.

And when I do take on a challenge and succeed, I feel more surprised than content.

Did I just out myself as a weakling?

I’d rather think of myself as a work in progress.

4) You’re adaptable

Research suggests there are five types of adaptability – and they all reflect an impressive amount of inner strength.

The world is constantly changing, and failing to keep up can have repercussions on your quality of life.

I work as a freelance content writer, a job I didn’t even know existed back when people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up.

It’s getting increasingly difficult to predict how the world will look like in five years, let alone in a decade.

Being adaptable means that you’re not easily phased by change and that you can readjust your behavior and expectations to better suit your long-term goals.

Bonus points if:

  • You have the ability to grasp new concepts and acquire new skills rapidly
  • You are comfortable with uncertainty
  • You approach challenges with a flexible mindset and excel at problem-solving
  • You can adjust your schedule to accommodate unexpected tasks
  • You remain composed and focused in high-pressure situations

5) You’re independent

Being independent increases self-confidence, which we’ve already established contributes to your inner strength.

Independence involves the ability to make decisions and take actions without relying excessively on others.

As strong character reflects self-reliance, it makes sense for the two traits to be closely linked.

However, it’s important to note that there’s a difference between independence and hyper-independence.

While independent people are self-sufficient, hyper-independent ones take their autonomy to a new, unhealthy level.

They completely avoid or reject help from others and often can’t form or maintain meaningful relationships.

They resist assistance out of fear of vulnerability or a desire to maintain absolute control over their lives.

If that’s you, you might want to tone it down a notch. 

Connecting with others is a big part of being human and having a fulfilling life.

6) You’re decisive

zodiac signs known for their fierce independence and strong will 10 signs you have a really strong personality, according to psychology

Decisiveness conveys confidence in one’s abilities to analyze situations, consider options, and make choices.

Following that logic, if you’re decisive, there’s also a good chance you have a strong character.

You probably know someone who can’t make a decision to save their life, ranging from what they want for dinner to what they want to accomplish in the following year.

At the opposite pole, there are people who can quickly assess a situation and make a decision, mostly because they have a set of principles and values that guide them in life.

Which brings me to my next point.

7) You have integrity

Individuals with integrity adhere to a strong moral and ethical code, even when faced with challenges or temptations to deviate.

That describes a really strong personality in my book.

If you have integrity, you’re honest, and you make it a point to communicate openly and avoid misleading others.

Moreover, your behavior is consistent. Since you adhere to your strict code, there’s no chance you’ll deviate from it, regardless of circumstances.

People can also rely on you to fulfill commitments and promises, as well as take responsibility for your actions and mistakes.

All in all, integrity provides the ethical foundation and moral clarity that strengthens one’s character. 

It fosters consistency, trustworthiness, and resilience.

These are all essential building blocks to a strong personality.

8) You’re reflective

According to psychologists, self-reflection comes with numerous benefits, including increased self-awareness, greater accountability, and a greater sense of control.

Self-reflection goes beyond surface-level observations.

It involves taking the time to consider and analyze your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In turn, this helps you understand yourself better.

Self-reflection enables you to learn from your mistakes and identify areas for growth.

Sitting alone with your thoughts can be stressful, but it’s also key to leveling up.

If you want to get better at it, follow these tips:

  • Regularly set aside dedicated time for reflection (daily or weekly)
  • Keep a reflective journal to record your emotions, thoughts, and experiences
  • Engage in mindfulness or meditation exercises
  • Ask yourself questions (e.g What have I learned today?, How could I have handled that situation better?)
  • Peruse philosophical works that encourage self-reflection

9) You’re goal-oriented

If you know what you want and go after it, you probably have a really strong personality.

Individuals with sturdy character exhibit a sense of purpose and a drive that propels them forward.

They don’t just identify their goals; they’re willing to take action.

You see them stepping out of their comfort zone, facing uncertainties, and embracing potential risks with an open heart.

Because while everyone aspires to be more, not everyone has the guts to pursue their ambitions.

Being proactive about objectives, either personal or professional, signals that you’re committed to your vision.

You’re not immune to setbacks, but you’re ready to use your failures as stepping stones toward success.

Regardless of what obstacles you encounter, you dust yourself off and try again.  

10) You’re authentic

Finally, being true to who you are is a crucial component of a really strong personality.

According to psychology, authenticity requires strength of character.

It involves embracing your uniqueness and refusing to conform to external expectations that may compromise your individuality.

Authenticity also requires the courage to be vulnerable, exposing your true emotions and beliefs.

If you display that courage, you have a strong character for sure.

Not many people are willing to stand up for what they believe in or follow their path, especially when that path goes against the crowd.

Those who do understand that they’ll never be happy unless they pursue their own way of life.

And they have the resources to resist conformity and remain true to their convictions, even when faced with societal pressure to conform.  

Final thoughts

No one wants to be perceived as fragile or meek.

Thankfully, you can build a strong personality through self-awareness and continuous personal development.

Even if you’re currently struggling with some of the points on the list, what they say is true.

You can fake it until you make it.

Take a deep breath and get to work. 

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Alexandra Plesa

Alexandra Pleșa is a freelance writer obsessed with television, self-development, and thriller books. Former journalist, current pop culture junkie. Follow her on Twitter: @alexandraplesa

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