5w4 MBTI Type: (The INTP & ISTP Personality)

This article will look at the MBTI personality type which is most closely associated with the 5w4 enneagram type and why. The article will also explore the 5w4 enneagram as well as the INTP personality type from the MBTI personality inventory.

The 5w4 Enneagram’s MBTI Type: The INTP & ISTP Personality

Here are the common traits that are shared between the 5w4 enneagram and the INTP and ISTP personality type from the MBTI inventory:

  • Logic Oriented
  • Passionate About Knowledge
  • Introverted
  • Explore 
  • Deep level of Focus

Before we look at each of these in detail, we will introduce the 5w4 enneagram, ISTP and INTP personality types!

The 5w4 Enneagram – The Philosopher

Possessing more traits associated with the type 5 rather than type 4 enneagram, the ‘Philosopher’ although reserved in their behaviour is quite the thinker and reflector! They like to take their time when it comes to pondering over things that amaze or fascinate them. Furthermore, they like to do this in a peaceful and quiet environment rather than brainstorm over it with others. They are indeed introverted because they need alone time not only to think but to also reflect and recharge their social battery.

Compared to type 5 enneagrams, they are more emotional and expressive. Hence, they do possess a more human element and do not just focus on the hard areas of life or use simple facts and figures to explain phenomena. This is because they realize the importance of human intervention and influence. Also, these individuals are quite expressive and like to do things in a manner that not only represents their opinions or beliefs but also feels comfortable to them.

Because of their nature and how they think or feel about others, these enneagram types may seem a bit distant – they remain guarded and withdrawn from others. This is not only because they need time alone but they prefer to keep a distance from other people. At the same time, they are very much open to gaining new skills and knowledge to increase their knowledge base as well as the resources – in the form of skills – that will help them strengthen their own standing and make them more capable of even greater tasks.

The Fear of the Philosopher

The main fear this enneagram type has is that of being helpless and incompetent. They do not want to be in a position where they cannot help themselves or defend themselves for that matter! Also, they are scared that they might feel useless. The 5w4 enneagram does not want to be in a position where they are not competent for a certain task or be of no use to others!

They often compensate for this by spending a great amount of time figuring out how to develop new skills and finding new resources of knowledge. 

The Basic Desire

The basic desire of the type 5w4 enneagram stems from the fact that they want to feel competent and worthy. They want to be able to master a set of skills that they can use to not only ensure their independence and strong standing but also their ability to help others.

The type 5w4 enneagram wants to help and guide others too and they believe they can only do this if they have the right skills and knowledge. Hence they also desire that they possess a number of skills and much knowledge from different walks of life.

INTPs – Who Are They?

As introverts, INTPs are more focused on their inner world rather than the outer one. They will expend more time and effort to understand it though thinking, reflecting, imagining and other mental processes . They hence engage in behaviours that allow them to focus on their inner world of thoughts; they are seen as quiet, focused and in the state of ‘reflecting’.

INTPs prefer solitude because this helps them focus on what they love doing. Also, for most introverts, it is just too much of the effort to intermingle and interact with others. Sometimes it is awkward for them or causes them too much anxiety. At other times, it may be because they have to make much effort to focus on what to say or when to say as they take in too much information and find it difficult on how to filter it out. Nonetheless, they prefer spending more time alone rather than with people.

INTPs are intuitive which means they don’t always focus on the facts or what is in front of them. Yes they very much appreciate logic and the relationships they can see however, this does not stop them from thinking out of the box. People who are intuitive are known for making many discoveries in world history and this does not happen by just ordinary thinking; they must go beyond the scope they are given! They give value to their vision, dreams and even imagination and combine that with what they already have in their hands.

The ISTP Type

Being introverted doesn’t take the attention away from you. Yes! They are introverted, sensing, thinkers and perceivers. These people are very independent and do not like to depend much on others!

ISTPs are people who don’t like rules as it restricts them and they are mostly concerned with what is going on inside them and like to think more about their pursuits,concerns and interests. This type is indeed a risk taker, loves to explore new things and never hesitates even when there is a hint of danger. 

ISTPs value efficiency. They want results and want to get things done fast. Sometimes they get impatient because they want quick results and fail to take into account other factors that prevent things from happening according to plan. This could be because of their sensing function which creates a desire in them to see results – they deeply desire to see the result of their efforts for which they have been working so hard!

The 5w4 Enneagram’s MBTI Type: The INTP & ISTP Personality

In this section we will look at the traits that are shared between the 5w4 enneagram, the ISTP and INTP personality types!

Logic Oriented

These personality types are very much logic oriented. They like to work things out in their mind by understanding them deeply and determining whether or not they appeal to the mind and the senses!

They will not just accept information or facts that are presented to them but they will make the effort to piece everything together. Regardless of the validity of things, they will not be satisfied unless they are convinced things actually make sense and add up.

These people are great at seeing the problems in systems, explanations, processes or concepts which may not be perceived or sensed by others.

Passionate About Knowledge

Yes, the personality types under discussion are very passionate about knowledge. They love to learn and will grab any opportunity to gain more knowledge or skills that will benefit them or others whom they know!

As a result, these individuals have amassed a large amount of information that is relevant to them and others. They are thus good guides and can provide very balanced opinions regarding various matters.


The 5w4 enneagram and the ISTP and INTP personality types are all introverted. They prefer to spend time by themselves. Why? Well because it gives them the peace and privacy they need. It allows them to be more efficient and productive. Furthermore, it is necessary because they replenish their social battery this way.

People who fall under these personality categories may seem distant or aloof or even lost in their thoughts. This is because they like to spend a lot of time in their head – they let their mind wander off into countless possibilities!


Despite their introverted side, they still make an attempt to explore the world and this behaviour is strongly motivated by the desire to seek new skills and knowledge. Hence they will take the risk and explore new avenues!

Deep level of Focus

Because of their ability to use their mental processes accurately and efficiently, the 5w4 enneagram and the ISTP and INTP personality types are able to focus on tasks very easily. They will not be easily distracted and hence can be efficient in work.


This article took a look at the MBTI types that are most closely associated with the 5w4 enneagram type. The article looked at the traits that are common to these types and also introduced each of the personalities mentioned in the article to the audience!




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