ESTJ 2w3 (A 7 Point Guide)

This is a brief guide to the ESTJ 2w3 personality type. ESTJ is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 2w3 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 2w3:

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 2w3. 

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. Like ESTJs, 2w3s like to hold power and be successful. However, they are a lot more people oriented than ESTJs. Thus, very few ESTJs test as 2w3s. 

However, it is possible for some ESTJs to test as 2w3s. 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.

Characteristics:

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

Strengths:

·        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

Weaknesses:

·        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.

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.

2w3 (The Host):

2w3 (2 wing 3) is an enneagram type. It indicates a Type 2 personality with a 3 wing. This means that this personality primarily has Type 2 traits, but also a few of Type 3. 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 2w3 are ambitious and altruistic people. They love interacting with people and making a difference in society. The basic fear of 2w3s is a fear of being unloved or worthless. Their basic desire is to be accepted and loved by others. They fulfil this desire and counteract their fears by being extremely attentive to people and forming close attachments.

Similar to their Type 2 counterparts, 2w1s, they often suppress their negative feelings which can lead to a lot of pent-up distress and outbursts. 2w3s love working with groups and meeting new people. They are very understanding and attentive to the needs of others. Because Type 2s devote themselves to others and Type 3s care a lot about how others perceive them, 2w3s are highly sensitive to criticism.

Like other Type 2s and type 1s, 2w3s strive to be good and selfless. However their motive in doing this has less to do with moral obligation and more to do with power and success. They are very conscious of their public image and enjoy showcasing their talents.

Compared to 2w1s, 2w3s are a lot more charming and confident. 2w3s are good at forming a positive impression on people and are a lot more adaptable than 2w1s. Compared to 2w1s, they prefer to lead and influence people rather than adopt the caretaking role. Thus, they are more like the attentive hosts at a party who like to gather people around them and offer advice and inspiration. 

2w3s can be viewed as a more success-oriented version of 2w1s. 2w3s are usually extroverted and like being the centre of attention. On the other hand, 2w1s are more discrete and withdrawn.

2w3s are sometimes confused with Type 7s because of similarities in their outward behaviour such as being extremely friendly and optimistic. Both like to surround themselves with people. But the 22w3s reason for doing so is to be loved and accepted by others, whereas Type 7s do so to improve their own experience and enjoyment of a situation. 2w3s can also be confused with 3w2s, but the former are usually a lot less aggressive and people-oriented than the latter.

Strengths:

·        Optimistic and positive attitude

·        Deep and personal relationships

·        High need for achievement and success

·        Adaptable. Cope well with stress.

·        Passionate about serving others

·        Clear and effective communication

Weaknesses:

·        Competitive and obsessive

·        Neglect own needs and feelings

·        Sensitive to criticism

·        Critical of self and others when under stress

2w3s at work:

Work environments that require collaborative effort and aim to help the community are well suited to 2w3s. Individuals with this personality type tend to be sociable and confident and are willing to sacrifice their time in service of others. Although they are less self-critical than 2w1s, 2w3s can overwork themselves in their endless striving for success. 

Since one of their primary aims is to make a difference in the world, 2w3s are well-suited to jobs such as: non-profit leader, motivational speaker, religious leader, entertainer, human resources manager, public relations specialist, real estate agent etc.

2w3s in relationships:

Like other Type 2s, 2w3s experience the world through a lens of feelings and relationships. They are extremely good-humoured and social which makes them better at interpersonal functioning than 2w1s. Their charisma and upbeat attitude draws people to them. 2w3s seek a sense of security by forming many relationships. 2w3s like to be associated with successful and influential people and often use this as a criterion when forming friendships and relationships. This stems from their Type 3 desire to be perceived well by others.

Conclusion:

In this guide, we looked at ESTJs and 2w3s. We focused on the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESTJ 2w3.  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 ‘ESTJ 2w3 (A 7 Point Guide)’:

Which Enneagram type is the rarest?

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 Enneagram is ESTJ?

A majority of ESTJs test as Type 8s on the Enneagram because the latter correlates with the extraverted thinking function that is dominant in the former. The awareness of the external environment and a desire to control it are common to Type 8s and ESTJs. 

What is the most common personality type?

The most common MBTI personality type is ISFJ. 

Which personality 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. 

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. 

Can I be two Enneagram types? 

It is not possible to have two Enneagram types. However, some types share characteristics such as 1w2 and 2w1. 

References:

https://www.16personalities.com/estj-friends

https://www.verywellmind.com/estj-extraverted-sensing-thinking-judging-2795985

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-2-wing-3-0?utm_expid=.uM3DNSOzT1OflvuWLHeCIg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

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

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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