The 5w6 INTP (A Complete Guide)

This article will not only discuss the 5w6 enneagram type and the INTP personality type but also the unique combination they make up which is known as the 5w6 INTJ personality type!

The 5w6 INTP: Major Personality Traits

Here is a list of the major personality traits of the 5w6 INTP personality type:

  • Objective
  • Good Decision Making
  • Lack of Emotional Understanding
  • Knowledge Hoarders
  • Share Experience
  • Rational

Before we take a look at these traits, we will introduce the type 5w6 enneagram and the INTP personality type!

The 5w6 Enneagram – The Troubleshooter

The troubleshooter is an enneagram type that is mostly made up of the type 5 enneagram but shares some traits with the type 6 one too. This enneagram is quite logical in their approach to how they understand themselves, others and the world. Hence they do not like to go on what they are told – in a sentimental manner – but how it is told and whether or not it appeals to one’s logic. They like to discuss things in  a systematic and structured manner so they can actually analyze whether everything makes sense or not!

As a result of being logical in their dealings, these enneagram types are quite practical and independent. They know how things work and prefer to keep things simple thus they take up practical steps. They are more of the doers rather than the ones who just keep talking about something and never appear to go forward with actually doing something! It is easier to deal with such individuals because they do what they say and they are action oriented – they actually work by showing and not just telling.

Although independent, these enneagram types are way more cooperative than the typical 5’s are! They like to take others’ opinions into view but this does not mean they won’t do as they wish. They respect how other people think or function but they only feel satisfied and comfortable going ahead with what they believe is right for their own self.

These enneagrams have a strong passion for learning and growing in terms of their skills and strengths. They will read, enroll in courses and attend training programs to boost their skills and knowledge. This helps them make better decisions because they have the right resources which include experience, knowledge and first hand exposure to the real world. They do not like to discuss or engage in things they do not know much about.

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.

Such people give weightage to their thoughts and what seems structured or logical rather than the emotions they feel for others. Sometimes this can be insensitive and they find difficulty in understanding the emotional complaints or requests their loved ones have. 

INTPs are perceivers and this may explain why they are able to achieve so much in terms of their discoveries and contributions to the world. Such people are spontaneous; they prefer things that come and go rather than a structured boring plan. 

The 5w6 INTP: Major Personality Traits

In this section, we will take a look at the major personality traits of the 5w6 INTP personality type!


People with this personality type like to be objective in whatever they do. Hence, when they are studying a certain topic, they will set aside their beliefs, opinions and cultural or religious influences and try to understand or study something in a pure and objective manner so as to truly see what it is. Also, they will like to use methods that are great at identifying biases in data or results. So they might use concepts such as inter-rater reliability where two people record the same things and if there is any discrepancy then that indeed raises an alarm!

Good Decision Making

These individuals are good decision makers! They take enough time to analyze all the factors in front of them but at the same time do not hesitate from making the necessary decision. Furthermore, they are very analytical and logical in whatever option they choose! This is because they take the time to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of any decision they plan to take and also look at the effect of factors at play on these decisions.

Hence, the 5w6 INTP is a good resource when it comes to taking the right decisions!

Lack of Emotional Understanding

The combination that makes up this personality type is one that already fails to recognize the human element of emotion. These individuals like to operate on things that are systematic and actually make sense. Even if someone is right but cannot justify it using logic or a rational mind may find it difficult to converse with such people – clearly love is not enough and mistakes are something that are not let go of easily!

The 5w6 INTP is one that finds it difficult to process emotions because they do not really understand the logic behind them. They even go to the extent to where they prefer to keep emotions out of the discussion or issue because they are something that can be avoided, however a good question that should be asked here is that should they be avoided!

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

Knowledge Hoarders

Like other personality types, this one is a knowledge hoarder! They will take in as much knowledge as they can get from various sources. If they get their hands on someone who is quite knowledgeable then they won’t hesitate from taking their time to understand whatever valuable information or concepts they hold.

From books, documentaries, courses, conversations and to even quick reads, the 5w6 INTP will not let anything pass from in front of them if it has something valuable in it!

Share Experience

If there is one thing these individuals like to do, it is share what experience or knowledge they have gained over time! They will like to spend time engaging in conversations with others where they can talk about new things they have learnt or what concepts interest them! They will like to talk from experience and benefit those around them because they do believe in sharing and imparting important knowledge or skills.


Whatever makes sense attracts this personality type! The 5w6 INTP does not like to accept a piece of information just because it appeals to them, has sentimental value or is provided by a person very dear to the personality type under discussion.

It is important that whatever they accept or read or spend time or effort on is actually appealing to their rational mind! Only then do they actually consider it something worthy that they should invest their time or effort on. However, sometimes it is difficult to converse with people like these because they are only ready to talk with someone if they make sense; it might be difficult to reach their criteria of logic especially if you are in an intimate or close relationship with them where things do get blurred and may not always make sense!


This article not only introduced the type 5w6 enneagram but also the INTP personality type by describing their major traits. The article then focused on the unique combination these two personality types make up which is the 5w6 INTP and described its major traits as well.


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