ESFP 9w1 (A 7 Point Guide):

This is a brief guide to the ESFP 9w1 personality type. SFP is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 9w1 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 9w1:

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 9w1.

A majority of ESFPs test as type 7s. Type 7 and ESFPs are extraverted and energetic individuals. Type 9s on the other hand tend to be introverts. Additionally, the feeling function is usually dominant for Type 9s. Thus, Type 9s usually test as INFPs, ISFPs, INFJs, or ISFJs on the MBTI.  9w1s are more likely to test as INFJs or ISFJs due to their dominant Judging (J) preference. All these personality types share the Type 9s desire for peace. However, ESFPs and Type 9s do have some traits in common such as their conflict avoidance and emphasis on feeling and perceiving. Thus, we cannot conclusively rule out the possibility of an ESFP testing as a 9w1.

One reason for these inconclusive results may lie in an inherent difference in MBTI and the Enneagram that makes them difficult to compare. The Enneagram relies on basic motivations as a way of differentiating between people, whereas MBTI focuses more on their functions i.e. the way they perceive and interact with the world. Thus, although certain Enneagram types are more likely than others to co-occur with a specific MBTI types, this is by no means guaranteed.

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.

9w1 (The Negotiator):

9w1 (9 wing 1) is an enneagram type. It indicates Type 9 personality with a 1 wing. This means that this personality primarily has Type 9 traits, but also a few of Type 1. 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 9 is divided into two types: Type 9w1 and 9w8.

9w1s are hardworking and creative individuals. Their basic fear is a fear of being separated from the world or losing something important. Their basic desire is balance and peace, within and well as outside of themselves. The type 1 wing lends an idealism and emphasis on morality to the Type 9 personality. They defend against unpleasant emotions and stress by immersing themselves in their daily routine. 9w1s like abstract concepts and have a lot of original ideas. However, they have some trouble acting on these ideas and plans often due to a fear of rejection or failure. They have a desire to please others which can lead them to neglect their own needs or avoid necessary conflicts.

9w1s value peace, both inside and out. Thus, they are often spiritually-oriented and prioritise bringing people together in harmony. However, this desire for peace can become dysfunctional when 9w1s begin to repress their own needs, emotions and anything that will disturb the status quo. This often results in depression and obsessive tendencies.

Compared to 9w8s, 9w1s are more intellectual and unemotional. Their type 1 wing instils in them a strong moral compass and high standards for themselves and others. However, compared to Type 1s, they are less rigid about their principles. Healthy 9w1s combine the type 9’s need for peace with the type 1’s sense of duty and morality.

Strengths:

·        Adopting multiple perspectives

·        Desire to serve others

·        Good work ethic and focus

·        High motivation

·        Open-mindedness

Weaknesses:

·        Neglect own needs

·        Self-criticism

·        Appear detached or aloof when under stress

·        Avoid conflicts

Sources of Motivation:

·        Routine and structure in daily life

·        Contributing to the community

·        Bringing people together

·        Support from others

Sources of Stress:

·        Disappointing others

·        Feeling ignored or undervalued by others

·        Ignoring own needs

·        Failing to accomplish goals

9w1s at Work:

This personality type values peace and are motivated to help others. They flourish in environments that employ their mediation skills and let them contribute to society.

Jobs that 9w1s are well-suited for include: diplomat, counsellor, HR director, nurse, museum curator, environmental scientist, religious worker etc.

9w1s in Relationships:

9w1s are loyal and supportive friends and partners to have around. However, 9w1s don’t usually express their feelings or opinions out loud and this can lead to a lot of resentment in a relationship. But they are very loving and positive individuals and build relationships well.

Conclusion:

In this guide, we looked at ESFPs and 9w1s. We focused on the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESFP 9w1.  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 9w1 (A 7 Point Guide)’:

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.

What does an unhealthy 9 look like?

Unhealthy Type 9s tend to engage in the repression and denial of their problems. They distance themselves from reality and avoid their duties and responsibilities.

What Enneagram is ESFP?

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

Are Enneagram 9s lazy?

Some Type 9s tend to be lethargic and low in physical energy. However, there are also Type 9s who are overflowing with energy that they constantly need to discharge.

Are ESFP manipulative?

ESFPs are not usually manipulative. However, they are very trusting and take most tings at face value. This makes it easier for other people to manipulate them.

Is ESFP rare?

ESFP is found to be the third most common enneagram type for women and the seventh most common type for men. They constitute about 9% of the general population.

References:

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-9-wing-1

https://optimistminds.com/isfp-9w1/

https://personalityjunkie.com/11/enneagram-type-9-9w1-9w8-infp-infj-isfp-isfj-types/

https://personalityjunkie.com/07/myers-briggs-enneagram-mbti-types-correlations-relationship/

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.