INTP 8w9 Personality Type (A +3 Point Guide)

This article will comment on the traits of the INTP 8w9 personality type and also answer the question as to whether it is a ‘natural fit’ or not. The article will also introduce the two personality components that make up this unique personality type.

The INTP 8w9 Personality Type – A Good Combination?

The INTP 8w9 type is a good combination because the personality types that make it up are complementary to each other. This unique combination has the following traits:

  • Intelligent
  • Independent
  • Anger Outbursts
  • Stubborn
  • Distant
  • Flexible

Before we look at these traits in detail, we will introduce the components that make this personality type up!

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 through 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. 

Enneagram 8w9: The Diplomat

This enneagram type is confident and patient but at the same time protective and will strike if required. However, compared to type 8 enneagrams, they are more gentle and easy going. They prefer to remain calm and stress free when it comes to tasks that are due or responsibilities that they have – it is better to remain calm rather than fret about what one needs to do!

At the same time, these enneagrams enjoy the independence they have and dislike taking orders from other people, especially authority figures. They want to do things their own way in a manner that is easy and comfortable for them. It’s my way or the highway for them! Whether its work, school or any program they are enrolled in, they want to be able to have the liberty of engaging in self paced courses that allow them a great deal of flexibility; they appreciate programs or systems where they are given the end goal and given the freedom to pursue it in a manner that is acceptable to them.

However, this type of enneagram also has issues related to their emotions – especially the regulation of emotions. They do not feel very comfortable expressing their emotions to others possibly because of the fear they have – they do not want to be controlled or manipulated by others. Hence, they will not always express how they feel about someone or something and keep this to themself.

Basic Fear – The 8w9 Female Enneagram

The basic fear of the type 8w9 enneagram – which extends to women as well – is to be hurt by others. Hence, they like to avoid situations where they are not in control and are at more risk of being let down by others, manipulated or deceived or emotionally damaged. They like to occupy leadership positions that not only gives them the leverage they need but it sends a message to others to not mess with them!

The Desire of 8w9 Enneagrams – What Women Want

Their basic desire is often expressed when they assert independence from a very young age! They want to be in control of their own future and make decisions that satisfy their needs and wants. This enneagram desires to be independent and resourceful enough to guard themself against threats or any sort of harm!

One of the things these individuals do to seem strong is to build walls around them. They do not express their emotions honestly because they feel that by doing so they will appear weak! They often deny emotional vulnerability as well!

The INTP 8w9 Personality Type – A Good Combination?

In this section we will take a look at the traits of the INTP 8w9 personality type in detail.


Both of the personality types help increase the intelligence quotient of this unique personality type – they are good at information processing and breaking down things into parts that they can understand. This personality type is great to have on your team. They are fast at understanding concepts and processes as well as how systems are made or interpreted. This is because their mental processes are equipped and trained to do so.

The INTP has a huge role to play in this trait because of their introverted side as well as their ability to think rather than feel things.


Introverts are of course independent and need their alone time. They do not need others to keep them company and are perfectly comfortable sitting alone even in public places. However, the 8w9 also adds to this trait because of their desire to be in control of their own selves – they aim to be independent and not have to depend on anyone.

Being independent allows them to be free of any fear of being controlled and gives them the confidence that they can do what they want in life.

Anger Outbursts

This personality type does have issues with their anger. This is contributed to by the 8w9 enneagram but the way the INTP operates also adds to this because they often keep whatever problems they have inside their own self and this may add to the growing frustration inside of them.

Hence, they need to learn to regulate their own emotions. It would be good if they have supportive people who take note of their behavior and emotions and encourage them to open up.

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.


The INTP 8w9 personality type sometimes gets stubborn. They really put in a lot of effort to think things through and once they reach ‘it’ they will not back off so easily. Whether its a solution to a problem, determining the root cause of the problem or defending their stance on a theory they have done much research on, they will not back down so easily and will put up a fight. It is not that they are arrogant but that they truly believe in what they stand for and need much evidence to convince them otherwise.


Sometimes this unique personality type may seem distant to others and this is because they are not only introverts but want to remain strong and independent. Hence they may not lean too much on others and prefer to be on their own because that is how they roll!


Despite their other traits, they do have some space for flexibility! They like to try things in their own way and require it when they work with others.


This article looked at the INTP 8w9 personality type and the personality components that make it up. It described the INTP personality type and the 8w9 enneagram as well. Furthermore, the article highlighted the traits of the INTP 8w9 so the audience has a deeper understanding of it.


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