ESTJ 2w1 (A 7 Point Guide)

This is a brief guide to the ESTJ 2w1 personality type. ESTJ is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 2w1 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.

ESTJ 2w1:

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 ESTJ 2w1. 

ESTJs usually test as Type 8, 3 or 1 on the Enneagram. All these personality types have a strong desire to be in control, which corresponds to ESFP characteristics. This is attributed to the dominant extraverted thinking function. 2w1s on the other hand, tend to be less critical and more dependent on other people. They care more about being loved by other than doing a task correctly, which opposes the ESTJ characteristics. Thus, it is unlikely for ESTJs to test as Type 2s. 

However, it is possible for some ESTJs to test as 2w1s. One reason for this 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 type, this is by no means guaranteed.

ESTJ (The Executive):

ESTJ 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. ESTJ is one of the possible results you can get on the MBTI.

ESTJs are organisers who value structure and predictability above all else. They are traditionalists, and prefer following rules and regulations rather than opposing them. ESTJs like to take charge of situations and keep other people in line and have a lot of respect for authority. The ability to organise resources towards accomplishing a goal is their strong-suit.

They deal with everything in their lives in a rational and systematic manner. ESTJs are firmly grounded in reality and prefer dealing with facts rather than emotions. Their decisions are usually guided by concrete evidence of what has worked well in the past. They come across as assertive and confident people who always seem to have a handle on the situation.

ESTJs are involved in their community life, being part of various clubs and civic organisations. They prioritise family life too, and regularly organise and attend family events and occasions. They value a good work-ethic and stand up for their principles. ESTJs have clear goals and principles and openly advocate for the same which may make them inflexible.

When under stress, ESTJs can become even more rigid than usual. Because they have a difficulty expressing their emotions, they are not good at communicating about their stress resulting in a build-up of anger and frustration.


Extraverted: Derives energy by spending time with others

Sensing: Focus on facts and tangible details rather than abstract ideas

Thinking: Decision making is guided by logic rather than intuition

Judging: Evaluative. Prefer to plan in advance rather than be spontaneous and flexible


·        Hard working and dedicated. Have a moral obligation to complete every task they set out to do.

·        Self-confident

·        Strong-willed. Stick firmly to their beliefs and ideas.

·        Straightforward and honest. Prefer dealing with facts rather than abstract ideas.

·        Patient, loyal and reliable. Desire for stability and security.  

·        Preference for order. Dislike unpredictability and strive to create order and structure as a way to establish some control in their lives.

·        Strong leadership skills. Commitment to principles, a sense of fairness and the ability to delegate work to others.

·        Analytical and rational decision making


·        Inflexible and stubborn. May forego better options.

·        Uncomfortable with new or unconventional ideas

·        Judgemental. Rigid beliefs about right and wrong prevent them from considering multiple perspectives

·        Image-focused. Take pride in social status and often neglect own needs in meeting others expectations

·        Difficulty relaxing. Fear of appearing undignified.

·        Difficulty expressing emotions and being empathetic. Emphasis on doing things ‘right’ can make them insensitive to others needs.

·        Argumentative and authoritarian.

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ESTJs at Work:

ESTJs are born leaders and often hold managerial and supervisory positions at work. They are hard-working and reliable and good at making sure people abide by regulations. Their appreciation for law, order and authority also makes them good candidates for positions in law enforcement. Work environments with clearly defined goals, roles and responsibilities are ideal for ESTJs. Careers in data analysis, math and science are suited to ESTJs who value efficiency, certainty and accuracy above all things.

Jobs that ESTJs are well suited for include: police officer, military, judge, politician, teacher, administrator, banker, business manager etc.

ESTJs in Relationships:

ESTJs are direct and honest individuals and make their goals clear from the start and usually have stable, long-term relationships. They put a lot of effort into staying committed in their relationships. However, they are usually not spontaneous and have difficulties with emotional intimacy.

Although ESTJs handle conflicts in a calm and rational manner, they often neglect the emotional aspects of the conflict. Their friendships are based on mutual interests. They are extraverts and they enjoy bringing people together for social activities and events.

2w1 (The Companion):

2w1 (2 wing 1) is an enneagram type. It indicates a Type 2 with a 1 wing. 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.

Type 2 is divided into two wings: 2w1 and 2w3. Type 2w1 has characteristics of both type 2 and type 1, with the former as the core enneagram. Type 2w1s are warm and affectionate. In further accordance with type 2s, they are highly sensitive to the needs of others. But unlike most Type 2s, 2w1s are more quiet and withdrawn. The basic fear of 2w1s is a fear of being unloved or unwanted. This often manifests as a compulsive need to care for and serve others to hide this underlying insecurity. Their basic desire is love and approval from people.

2w1s have a tendency to put the needs of others above their own and to suppress their own desires and emotions. Outwardly, 2w1s appear Like Type 1s. They are altruistic and strive to alleviate the suffering of their fellow humans. But this devotion to their community is usually aimed at receiving the love and acceptance they so intensely crave. 2w1s combine the judgement of type 1s with the need for approval of type 2s. In addition to being understanding when it comes to other people, healthy 2w1s are highly self-aware and practice self-care.

Their Type 1 wing also causes 2w1s to be perfectionistic in their approach to work. This perfectionism can lead to 2w1s imposing their ‘help’ on other people and trying to direct their lives. When under pressure, this personality type can be highly self-critical.

Distinguishing between 2w1 and 1w2 can be difficult because they are derived from the same basic types. But usually 2w1s are more extroverted and dependent on others than 1w2s. 1w2s are more critical of others than 2w1s and focus more on how well they do a task rather than what others think of them.


·        Sensitivity to the needs of others

·        Aware of areas of personal growth

·        Supportive and encouraging of others

·        Devoted attention to tasks


·        Highly self-critical and insecure

·        Dependent on praise of others

·        Sensitive to criticism

·        Neglect own personal needs

·        Orientation to others can become self-destructive

2w1s at Work:

These personalities love working for a cause and dedicate themselves selflessly to it. They flourish in environments where they can help others while being allowed their own space to re-energise and recuperate. However, while 2w1s go out of their way to help others, they are easily frustrated if their work is not recognised or praised. Because 2w1s are so devoted to other people, they often accept the less glamorous tasks that most other people reject. Jobs 2w1s are suited for include: psychologist, nurse, advisor, counsellor, school psychologist, humanitarian etc.

2w1s in Relationships:

Feelings are relationships are the modes through which 2w1s operate in their daily lives. 2w1s usually make generous and supportive friends. They are very caring and sensitive to the needs of others which helps them build good relationships. They are willing to go to great lengths for those they love. However, due to their tendency to put others’ needs before their own, they can lose touch with themselves. They also tend to give a lot of unwelcome advice and can be judgemental at times. 


In this guide, we looked at ESTJs and 2w1. We focused on the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESTJ 2w1.  Additionally, we explored the traits, strengths, weaknesses and other aspects of these two types in more detail.

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FAQ on ‘ESTJ 2w1 (A 7 Point Guide):

What personality type should an ESTJ marry?

ESTJs are most compatible with ISTPs. The former’s dominant function of extraverted thinking is balanced by the latter’s introverted thinking dominance. However, it is possible for two individuals of any personality type to have a good marital relationship.

Is ESTJ rare?

ESTJ is the fifth most common MBTI type in the general population. However, it is the second most common type among males. ESTJs make up 11% of males and 6% of females. 

Which personality type has the highest IQ?

The personality types with the highest IQs are usually of the INTs on the MBTI. This is because they possess the kind of focus necessary for success on these IQ tests. 

What is a Type 1 personality?

Type 1 personalities tend to be logical and principled individuals. They value justice and equality and are guided by a strong moral compass. 

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. 

Are ESTJ controlling?

Unhealthy ESTJs do tend to be controlling or confrontational. This is usually the result of an imbalanced extraverted thinking function and a repressed introverted feeling function. 


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