ESFP 6w7 (A 7 Point Guide)

This is a brief guide to the ESFP 6w7 personality type. SFP is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 6w7 is one of the personality types outlined in the Enneagram of Personality. We will be looking at the similarities between these two personality types and at the likelihood of these two types occurring together. We will also examine their primary traits, strengths, weaknesses and other features in detail.

ESFP 6w7:

The MBTI and the Enneagram of Personality are two of the most popular personality classification systems. A number of attempts have been made to correlate the different types outlined in these two systems. These correlations may make it possible to provide individuals with a combined personality result, such as ESFP 6w7.

While the Enneagram measures basic motivation, MBTI focuses more on perception and information processing. Motivations are a lot more fundamental to the personality and determine information processing to a large extent. Therefore, the results on the Enneagram measure something that to a large extent influences what a person tests as on the MBTI.

ESFP have extravert sensing their dominant function. Thus, type 6s who test as ESFPs focus on the concrete and practical aspects of external reality. They are problem solvers and action-takers and use the sensory information available to them to make decisions. In addition to this, 6w7s who test as ESFPs are sociable and cheerful individuals. They enjoy engaging with other people, although their motives for doing so may differ. While 6w7s do it to maintain their support system, ESFPs usually do it because they like having fun or being the centre of attention.

ESFP (The Entertainer):

ESFP is an MBTI personality type. The MBTI is a classification of 16 personality types. It is measured by the MBTI indicator and encompasses the different ways in which people perceive and engage with the world. The tool assigns people along 4 dimensions:  introversion vs. extraversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, judging vs. perceiving and generates one of 16 possible combinations as the final result. ESFP is one of the possible results you can get on the MBTI.

ESFPs are effervescent and charming and draw people to them. They are spontaneous and energetic and take pleasure in everything around them. ESFPs are outgoing and like to engage in new and vibrant experiences. They have a keen eye for aesthetics and are always open to new experiences. ESFPs are ardently social and love bringing people together through fun and laughter. ESFPs like to be the centre of attention and are usually the individuals who are the ‘life of the party’.

Although they may appear self-absorbed, ESFPs are actually very observant and sensitive to others feelings. They are supportive and always available to talk about someone’s problem. However, if the problem is about them, they prefer to avoid rather than address the issues.

ESFPs can be impulsive and focus on immediate pleasure rather than analysing and planning for the future. They usually rely on luck or a friend to keep them on track. Additionally, because ESFPs are so focused on having fun they go out of their way to avoid situations that interfere with this.

Characteristics:                                               

·       Extraverted: Energised by spending time with other people.

·       Sensing: Focus on tangible experiences or facts rather than ideas and concepts

·       Feeling: Decisions are guided by feelings and values rather than cognition

·       Perceiving: Avoid planning and organising and adopt a spontaneous approach

Strengths:

·       Bold and open to new experiences

·       Original. Like to stand out

·       Good aesthetic sense

·       Prefer to see, do and experience rather than think

·      Focus on the here and now

·       Observant. Strong awareness of their surroundings and the needs of others

·       Excellent social skills. Witty, talkative and enjoy company.

Weaknesses:

·       Sensitive to criticism and highly emotional

·       Tendency to avoid conflict

·       Impulsivity and difficulty with long-term planning

·       Risky or over-indulgent behaviour

·       Easily bored

·       Difficulties with prolonged focus and persistence on tasks

·       Difficulty dealing in abstractions

ESFPs at work:

ESFPs are born entertainers and love engaging with people. They prefer an active and social work environment. Owing to their keen aesthetic sense, ESFPs thrive in careers in music, art, food or fashion. Work that does not produce immediate results and environments that are extremely rule-bound and bureaucratic are not suited to ESFPs. Because they are so tuned to people’s needs, ESFPs thrive in careers where they can serve others.

ESFPs prefer hands-on working experiences and are good at practical problem solving. Jobs that an ESFP would be well suited for include: actor, artist, designer, teacher, psychologist, social worker, real estate agent, public relations manager, corporate trainer etc.

ESFPs in relationships:

ESFPs have a natural interest in forming connections with people. They are warm, friendly and openly affectionate. They often go out of their way to make their loved ones happy. However, they dislike dealing with the complexities of relationships and have a tendency to avoid conflicts. Because of their focus on the here and now, ESFPs often neglect thinking about the future course of their relationship and find it difficult to maintain long term relationships.

6w7 (The Confidant):

6w7 (6 wing 7) is an enneagram type. It indicates Type 6 personality with a 7 wing. This means that this personality primarily has Type 6 traits, but also a few of Type 7. The enneagram is a personality typology system that focuses on the basic fears and motivations that guide the lives of individuals. It has been used widely in business and spiritual settings.

This system is made up of nine primary personality types. A nine point diagram helps to demonstrate how these nine types are connected to each other. In addition to the basic nine types, the system includes 27 different subtypes or wings as well as three primary central factors focusing on thinking, feeling and behaviour. According to the Enneagram, every personality type can be coupled with characteristics from one of its neighbouring personality types. Thus, type 6 is divided into two types: Type 6w5 and 6w7.

6w7s are engaging and amiable people. They are a lot more sociable than other Type 6s and are good at making connections. The basic fear of 6w7s is a fear of losing their support system. In line with this, their basic desire is to be supported by other people. This is reflected in their loyalty and support towards their loved ones. 6w7s tend to engage in reassurance seeking behaviours, such as self-deprecation, to maintain stability in their relationships. Additionally, like 6w5s, they project their feelings onto others which can lead to misunderstandings.

Although the 6 core makes these 6w7s seek stability, the 7 wing adds an element of playfulness and cheeriness to their personality. They are not as anxious as other Type 6s and tend to dislike rules and structure. Like 6w5s, 6w7s keep their head in crisis situations and are usually good tempered. However, if they do feel unhappy or uncomfortable they often express it by releasing their anger or hate on an object or situation. They are good at managing their emotions and they are able to deal with issues logically and objectively. 

6w7s can be distinguished from 7w6s in that they place less importance on planning for the future. They prefer to be spontaneous and to do what they please, even if it’s not considered prestigious by society.

Strengths:

·        Deep caring for others

·        Dedication to a cause

·        Keep promises and commitments

·        Sociable and upbeat

Weaknesses:

·        Difficulty accepting negative emotions

·        Difficulty making decisions

·        Doubt themselves and others

·        Too attached to material possessions

Sources of Motivation:

·        Novel and amusing experiences

·        Meeting new people and forming relationships

·        Being close to loved ones

·        Solving difficult problems

Sources of Stress:

·        Losing trust in loved ones

·        Negativity from others

·        Resolving internal conflict

·        Feeling rejected by others

6w7s at work:

This personality type is positive and reliable. They bring people together to work towards a common objective. They prefer workspaces that provide them stability and allow them to engage with other people.

Careers that 6w7s are well suited for include: real estate agent, sales representative, news anchor, professor, nurse, actor, administrative assistant etc.

6w7s in relationships:

Compared to other Type 6s, 6w7s are not as suspicious of other people. However, they still maintain a degree of wariness about people’s intentions. A sense of humour and the absence of any desire to control or dominate others helps 6w7s have good relationships. However, they become easily dependent on others which may lead to them staying stuck in toxic or abusive relationships.

Conclusion:

In this guide, we looked at ESFPs and 6w7s. We focused on the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESFP 6w7.  Additionally, we explored the traits, strengths, weaknesses and other aspects of these two types in more detail.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

FAQ on ‘ESFP 6w7 (A 7 Point Guide)’:

What Enneagram is ESFP ?

A major chunk of ESFPs identify as Type 7s. They tend to be highly extraverted, energetic and sociable.

What is the rarest Enneagram type?

The rarest Enneagram type is said to be Type 4. This is often because Type 4s go unnoticed because they tend to be introverted and withdrawn.

Who should an Enneagram 6 marry?

Enneagram Type 6 is most compatible with Type 8 (The Leader) and Type 9 (The Peacemaker).

Which Enneagram type is the most common?

The most common Enneagram type is Type 9 (The Peacemaker).

How rare is ESFP?

ESFPs constitute 9% of the general population. Additionally, ESFPs are more likely to be women than men

Which personality type has the highest IQ?

The personality types with the highest IQ tend to be INTJs and INTPs.

References:

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-6-wing-7

https://enneagram.bz/en/5c00760e-2fcc-4e6b-9f48-4bc75b796c53

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/ESFP

https://www.verywellmind.com/esfp-extraverted-sensing-feeling-perceiving-2795984

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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