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 INFJs 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 INFJs?
According to a study conducted by Thought Catalog, the most common Enneagram type for INFJs is Enneagram 4. This isn’t too much of a surprise. Enneagram 4s are creative and introspective people who often feel misunderstood. They’re also highly sensitive and experience intense emotions. These are the kind of INFJs who are always exploring their inner world and their feelings.
The second most common Enneagram type among INFJs is Enneagram 2. Again, this isn’t too surprising. Enneagram 2s are warm and caring people who want to help others. They’re also very supportive and welcoming. These are the kind of INFJs who are always thinking about other people’s needs.
Anyway, let’s save some thoughts for later on in the post.
How each Enneagram type manifests in INFJs
Let’s now take a look at how INFJs differ depending on their Enneagram type.
INFJ Enneagram 1
INFJs who identify as Enneagram 1 are even more of a perfectionist than your typical INFJ. They’re practical and organized, but they also have a strong sense of right and wrong. In addition, they tend to analyze decisions very carefully. They want to be seen as ‘good’ people, and they are deeply dedicated.
INFJ Enneagram 1s are the type of people who are always striving for the best. They are exceptionally committed, and they’re some of the hardest workers out there. In addition, they are self-disciplined and conscientious.
People of this type have a strong sense of morality and justice, which shines through in their words and actions. However, INFJ Enneagram 1s are often hard on themselves and can benefit from learning to relax and go with the flow.
INFJ Enneagram 2
This is the second most common Enneagram type for INFJs. INFJs who identify as Enneagram 2 are people-oriented, warm, and welcoming. They want to be liked, and they go out of their way to help others. They’re also loyal, and they value close relationships.
INFJ Enneagram 2s are very giving people. They’re always looking out for their loved ones, and they’re quick to lend a helping hand. They are highly perceptive, and they use this skill to pick up on other people’s needs. This comes from a place of genuinely wanting to help people.
People of this type are known for their generosity, reliability, and trustworthiness. These are traits that are seen in other INFJ Enneagram types, too, but they are particularly evident in INFJ Enneagram 2s. They take pride in being someone who can be counted on. However, INFJ Enneagram 2s can be manipulative at times.
INFJ Enneagram 3
INFJs who identify as Enneagram 3 are more driven and ambitious than your typical INFJ. They’re always striving to be the best, and they can be competitive, which isn’t a trait that is usually seen in INFJs. INFJ Enneagram 3s are charming in an understated way, and they are very good at reading people. Ultimately, they are exceptionally in tune with social dynamics.
INFJ Enneagram 3s are always looking for ways to improve. They’re never satisfied with mediocrity, and they push themselves to their limits. At times, they can even be ruthless in their pursuit of success, which again is rare in INFJs. They are more comfortable in leadership roles, and they are very practical. They are often very busy, and they like to be doing things.
In general, INFJs are good at reading between the lines. They use this ability 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.
INFJ Enneagram 4
This is the most common Enneagram type for INFJs. INFJ Enneagram 4s are more introspective and sensitive than your typical INFJ. They’re also more self-aware and in touch with their emotions. People of this type need more alone time than other INFJs to reflect and process their feelings.
While some INFJs are social chameleons who value being part of a group, INFJ Enneagram 4s can feel a little misunderstood, and they sometimes live with a sense of being ‘different.’ They have a 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 INFJ.
INFJ Enneagram 4s tend to be slightly more individualistic, and they often have causes that they feel very strongly about. People of this type have a deep understanding of human nature, and they can be 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.
INFJ Enneagram 5
INFJ Enneagram 5s tend to be more cerebral than your typical INFJ. They’re highly intelligent, and they love to learn new things. In addition, they like to analyze all of the facts before making a decision. This is something that you see in all INFJs to some extent, but it’s even more evident in INFJ Enneagram 5s.
People of this type are also independent and self-sufficient. In fact, INFJ Enneagram 5s tend to be slightly less people-oriented, and they find socializing quite 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 tend to have a linear thought process.
INFJs are known for being thorough, and INFJ 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.
INFJ Enneagram 6
INFJ Enneagram 6s tend to be more anxious and uncertain than your typical INFJ. Most INFJs take a carefully considered and deliberate approach to life — but they can sometimes second-guess themselves. This is more evident in INFJ Enneagram 6s, who are more cautious and risk-averse when it comes to decision-making and trying new things.
INFJ Enneagram 6s are very loyal and protective of their loved ones. They’re the kind of people who would do anything for their family and friends. In fact, people of this type value loyalty above all else. In general, INFJs take pride in sticking to their word, and INFJ Enneagram 6s take this even more seriously. You can always count on them to follow through. They value being part of a group, and they often have a strong sense of community.
People of this type like to plan for multiple scenarios because they are very 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.
INFJ Enneagram 7
This is a very rare type for INFJs. INFJ Enneagram 7s are more optimistic and adventurous than your typical INFJ. They are also more open to new experiences. While a lot of INFJs can find it hard to relax, INFJ Enneagram 7s don’t have as much of a problem with this. Ultimately, they don’t cope well with boredom.
People of this type seek out adventure, and they are willing to experiment. In addition, they are more comfortable pushing boundaries, but they will stick to the rules! They don’t always think through decisions as carefully as your typical INFJ. However, they are still sensible and composed in the big scheme of things. These are core traits of an INFJ.
INFJ Enneagram 7s have a slightly more scattered thought process. They’re always thinking about the next thing, and they can find it hard to focus on one task for too long. This can make them seem a little chaotic from the outside, but they are actually quite organized, and there is usually a method to their madness. People of this type often have many goals that they’re working towards at a given time.
INFJ Enneagram 8
This is a very rare type for INFJs. INFJ Enneagram 8s are more ambitious and competitive than your typical INFJ. They are also more assertive, and they can be direct. In addition, they are goal-oriented. As a result, they have a tougher edge than some other INFJs.
People of this type are more comfortable in leadership positions. In addition, they are thoughtful managers due to their exceptional people skills. While most INFJs are methodical, INFJ Enneagram 8s are especially so. They’re always looking for ways to get ahead and they’re very driven.
However, their competitive nature can sometimes make them seem condescending, and they can have a hard time losing. In addition, their drive to succeed can lead them to be ruthless at times. But INFJ Enneagram 8s are very measured, and they often strike a great balance between speed and consideration when it comes to making decisions.
INFJ Enneagram 9
This is the second most common Enneagram type for an INFJ. INFJ Enneagram 9s are more easy-going and agreeable than your typical INFJ. They’re peacemakers who strive to maintain harmony. In addition, they’re comfortable letting others take the lead.
People of this type are patient and willing to compromise. While INFJs aren’t easy-going in general, INFJ Enneagram 9s are more adaptable and have less of a need for structure. However, INFJ Enneagram 9s can be very resistant to change because they can view it as a disruption to harmony.
INFJs tend to be calm and collected in general, and these traits are even more evident in INFJ Enneagram 9s. They are great listeners, and they use these skills to mediate conflict when necessary. Ultimately, they like to maintain a sense of peace. As a result, they tend to be very diplomatic when resolving conflict.
Nuances between INFJ Enneagram types
So there you have it, the nuances between INFJs of different Enneagram types. While we have focused on the differences in this post, it’s important to remember that you’re still an INFJ, first and foremost.
This means that you are creative and organized. There’s a good chance that you’ll also be supportive, thoughtful, and loyal. However, your exact Enneagram type will play a role in how specific traits are expressed.
Particularly if you’re one of the less common INFJ Enneagram types, we hope this post has provided insight into why you might not fit the stereotype of an INFJ.
Final thoughts on INFJ Enneagram types
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