How ENTP Enneagram Types Differ

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If you’ve found this blog post, you probably already know which of the 16 personality types you are. But do you know your Enneagram type? If not, you should definitely check it out – there’s a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from this personality theory.

But even if you’re already familiar with the Enneagram, did you know that there’s a correlation between the 16 personality types and Enneagram?

While the 16 personalities model is more focused on how we interact with the world around us, the Enneagram framework delves deeper into our underlying motivations and basic fears.

So when you combine your 16 personalities type and your Enneagram type, you can get some even deeper insights into why you make decisions the way that you do or why you behave in certain ways.

Today, we’re going to take a look at how ENTPs relate to each of the nine Enneagram types. Keep reading for insights and tips on how to better understand yourself and others.

Which Enneagram types are most common among ENTPs?

According to a study conducted by Thought Catalog, the most common Enneagram type among ENTPs is Enneagram 7.  This isn’t too surprising. Enneagram 7s are fun-loving, enthusiastic, and always up for a good time. They are also spontaneous and they seek out new experiences. These are the kind of ENTPs who are always exploring new ideas and having fun.

ENTP Enneagram pie chart

The second most common Enneagram type for ENTPs is Enneagram 8. Again, this isn’t a surprise.  Enneagram 8s are confident, assertive, and self-reliant. They are also natural leaders, and they are quick to take charge. These are the kind of ENTPs who are always seeking new challenges and taking risks.

Anyway, let’s save some thoughts for later on in the post.

How each Enneagram type manifests in ENTPs

Let’s now take a look at how ENTPs differ depending on their Enneagram type.

ENTP Enneagram 1

This is a very rare Enneagram type for ENTPs. ENTPs who identify as Enneagram 1 tend to be more of a perfectionist than your typical ENTP. They’re logical and level-headed, but they also have a strong sense of right and wrong. In addition, they are less impulsive and are more likely to think through decisions carefully, which can’t be said for all ENTPs!

ENTP Enneagram 1s are always striving for the best, and they have an innate desire to live up to their own standards. They have a stronger work ethic than your typical ENTP, and they tend to be able to concentrate for a longer period of time. In addition, they have a stronger sense of self-control and are more conscientious.

People of this type naturally pick up on inconsistencies and often have the desire to point them out or fix them. However, ENTP Enneagram 1s are quite hard on themselves and can often benefit from learning to relax and go with the flow a bit more.

ENTP Enneagram 2

ENTP Enneagram 2

ENTPs who identify as Enneagram 2 are more people-oriented and have a softer edge than your typical ENTP. While most ENTPs enjoy spending time with people and having a laugh, they can be quite critical.

ENTP Enneagram 2s have a more caring side. They’re always looking out for their loved ones, and they’re quick to lend a helping hand. While they might not be nurturing in a warm, stereotypical sense, they are highly perceptive of their environment, and they use these skills to pick up on other people’s needs. This comes from a place of genuinely wanting to help.

Some ENTPs struggle to follow through on their word because they can get caught up in the moment and make plans that they don’t end up sticking to. This doesn’t tend to be the case with ENTP Enneagram 2s, though, because they want to be someone who can be counted on. However, ENTP Enneagram 2s can use their people skills to manipulate others into doing what they want.

ENTP Enneagram 3

ENTPs who identify as Enneagram 3 are more driven and ambitious than your typical ENTP. They’re always striving to be the best, and they’re even more competitive (if that’s possible!). ENTP Enneagram 3s are incredibly charming, and they are very smooth when it comes to social interactions. They’re the kind of people who can talk their way into or out of anything.

ENTP Enneagram 3s are quick thinkers, and they’re always looking for ways to improve. They’re never satisfied with mediocrity, and they push themselves to their limits. At times, they can be quite ruthless in their pursuit of success. They are natural leaders and are often very entrepreneurial. They can find it hard to sit still, which is why they are always on the go.  

People of this type are highly intuitive and good at reading between the lines. They use these skills to pick up on social dynamics, and they can be very persuasive. In addition, they are highly aware of people’s perceptions of them. This means that they can be quite image-conscious and concerned about what others think of them.

ENTP Enneagram 4

ENTP Enneagram 4s are more introspective and sensitive than your typical ENTP. They’re more self-aware and in touch with their emotions, which isn’t something that comes naturally to most ENTPs. Even ENTP Enneagram 4s can struggle with this to some extent. This is why it’s a rare Enneagram type for ENTPs.

While most ENTPs are often very integrated into social groups, ENTP Enneagram 4s can feel misunderstood, and they sometimes live with a sense of being ‘different.’ They have a deep desire for self-expression and might find themselves drawn to the arts. This ties in with the fact that they are often more creative than your typical ENTP.

ENTP Enneagram 4s tend to be slightly more individualistic, which isn’t a defining characteristic of most ENTPs. People of this type often have an exceptional understanding of human nature, and they are very perceptive when it comes to other people’s emotions. However, their heightened awareness of their own emotions can make them susceptible to depression and anxiety. 

ENTP Enneagram 5

ENTP Enneagram 5s tend to be more cerebral than your typical ENTP. They’re highly intelligent, and they love to learn new things.  In addition, they tend to make more calculated decisions, and they don’t have that reckless streak that can be seen in some ENTPs.

They’re also quite independent and self-sufficient. In fact, ENTP Enneagram 5s tend to be less extroverted, and they find socializing more draining. They tend to need more alone time to themselves so that they can think and process information. This type is often very good at problem-solving, and they’re quick thinkers.

ENTPs are known for being logical, and ENTP Enneagram 5s can take this to a whole new level. They are excellent at analyzing information and data. In addition, they’re quick to notice inconsistencies that others might miss. However, they can be arrogant and condescending when they think they are right.

ENTP Enneagram 6

ENTP Enneagram 6s tend to be more anxious and uncertain than your typical ENTP. While most ENTPs shoot from the hip and aren’t afraid to take a chance, ENTP Enneagram 6s are more risk-averse. They are less impulsive and take time to think through decisions.

People of this type are very loyal and protective of their loved ones. They’re the kind of people who would do anything for their family and friends. They value loyalty above all else. While some ENTPs can be a little flighty, ENTP Enneagram 6s take pride in sticking to their word. You can count on them to follow through. They value being part of a group, and they often have a strong sense of community.

ENTP Enneagram 6s like to plan for multiple scenarios because they are more focused on safety and security. Fortunately, they have a natural ability to imagine different ways a situation might play in the future. However, they can need reassurance from others at times. They can also be prone to paranoia and worry. This means that they can be quite pessimistic.

ENTP Enneagram 7

This is the most common Enneagram type for ENTPs. ENTP Enneagram 7s are your typical fun-loving, spontaneous ENTPs. They’re always looking for new thrills, and they’re quick to jump into new experiences. While most ENTPs enjoy a good time, ENTP Enneagram 7s live for it. Ultimately, they need to be kept on their toes because they don’t cope well with boredom.

People of this type seek out adventure and stimulation. In addition, they aren’t afraid to break rules and push boundaries. They take the view that it’s worth taking risks for new experiences. However, their spontaneity can cross over into the territory of being impulsive, which can sometimes get them into trouble.

ENTP Enneagram 7s often have a scattered thought process. They’re always thinking about the next big, exciting idea, and they can find it hard to focus on one task for too long. This can make them seem a little disorganized, and their impulsivity can mean that they don’t always stick to plans. It’s not unusual for ENTP Enneagram 7s to change tack at a moment’s notice.

ENTP Enneagram 8

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This is the second most common Enneagram type for ENTPs. ENTP Enneagram 8s are your typical ambitious, competitive ENTPs. They are assertive, direct, and aggressive, always striving to be the best. As a result, they have a tougher edge than some other ENTPs and can come across as intimidating.

People of this type are also natural leaders who are quick to take charge. In addition, they’re very confident and have no problem speaking their mind. While most ENTPs are resourceful, ENTP Enneagram 8s are especially so. They’re always looking for ways to get ahead and are very driven.

However, their competitive nature can sometimes make them seem arrogant, and they can have a hard time losing. In addition, their impulsivity can lead them to make rash decisions. But ENTP Enneagram 8s are also quick-thinkers, and they’re very good at problem-solving on the fly.

ENTP Enneagram 9

ENTP Enneagram 9s are more easy-going and agreeable than your typical ENTP. They’re peacemakers who strive to maintain harmony. In addition, they’re usually quite content with letting others take the lead, which isn’t a trait that’s seen in many other ENTP Enneagram types.

People of this type tend to be more patient and willing to compromise. While ENTPs are adaptable people, ENTP Enneagram 9s tend to be the most adaptable of all the ENTP Enneagram types. At the same time as being flexible, ENTPs can actually be resistant to change at times because they can view it as a disruption to harmony.

ENTPs tend to be outgoing and dynamic. However, ENTP Enneagram 9s are a little calmer. They are highly talented at reading people, and they use these skills to mediate conflict when necessary. Ultimately, they like to maintain a sense of peace. As a result, they can even be conflict-averse at times, which isn’t usually seen with most other ENTP Enneagram types.

Nuances between ENTP Enneagram types

So there you have it, the nuances between ENTPs of different Enneagram types. While we have focused on the differences in this post, it’s important to remember that you’re still an ENTP, first and foremost.

This means that you are likely always on the go and are very adaptable. There’s a good chance that you’ll also be quick-thinking, creative, and spontaneous. However, your exact Enneagram type will play a role in how specific traits are expressed.

Particularly if you’re one of the less common ENTP Enneagram types, we hope this post has provided insight into why you might not fit the stereotype of an ENTP.

Final thoughts on ENTP Enneagram types

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