The INTP Enneagram Types (A Complete Guide)

This article will explore how the INTP behaves when it is paired up with common enneagram types by discussing the major personality traits that emerge. It will also introduce the INTP personality type which is from the MBTI inventory.

The INTP & Enneagram Types: Popular Combinations

The INTP personality type is most commonly associated with the type 5 enneagram but also forms powerful combinations with other ones such as the type 9 enneagram. This article will explore these combinations in detail.

Here are the combinations we will explore:

  • The INTP 5w4 Personality Type
  • The INTP 5w6 Personality Type
  • The Enneagram 9 & The INTP Personality Type

Before we explore these, we will introduce the INTP personality type from the MBTI inventory.

The 5w4 Enneagram – The Philosopher

Possessing more traits associated with the type 5 rather than type 4 enneagram, the ‘Philosopher’ although reserved in their behaviour is quite the thinker and reflector! They like to take their time when it comes to pondering over things that amaze or fascinate them. Furthermore, they like to do this in a peaceful and quiet environment rather than brainstorm over it with others. They are indeed introverted because they need alone time not only to think but to also reflect and recharge their social battery.

Compared to type 5 enneagrams, they are more emotional and expressive. Hence, they do possess a more human element and do not just focus on the hard areas of life or use simple facts and figures to explain phenomena. This is because they realize the importance of human intervention and influence. Also, these individuals are quite expressive and like to do things in a manner that not only represents their opinions or beliefs but also feels comfortable to them.

Because of their nature and how they think or feel about others, these enneagram types may seem a bit distant – they remain guarded and withdrawn from others. This is not only because they need time alone but they prefer to keep a distance from other people. At the same time, they are very much open to gaining new skills and knowledge to increase their knowledge base as well as the resources – in the form of skills – that will help them strengthen their own standing and make them more capable of even greater tasks.

Despite their introverted side, they love to explore new avenues! They will explore to find more opportunities, learn the truth regarding people or things that interest them and also just for the sake of it. They love exploring and they don’t mind doing this alone because it allows them to have the chance to think and reflect while on such ‘missions’.

The 5w6 INTP: Major Personality Traits

In this section, we will take a look at the major personality traits of the 5w6 INTP personality type!

Good Decision Making

These individuals are good decision makers! They take enough time to analyze all the factors in front of them but at the same time do not hesitate from making the necessary decision. Furthermore, they are very analytical and logical in whatever option they choose! This is because they take the time to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of any decision they plan to take and also look at the effect of factors at play on these decisions.

Hence, the 5w6 INTP is a good resource when it comes to taking the right decisions!

Lack of Emotional Understanding

The combination that makes up this personality type is one that already fails to recognize the human element of emotion. These individuals like to operate on things that are systematic and actually make sense. Even if someone is right but cannot justify it using logic or a rational mind may find it difficult to converse with such people – clearly love is not enough and mistakes are something that are not let go of easily!

Knowledge Hoarders

Like other personality types, this one is a knowledge hoarder! They will take in as much knowledge as they can get from various sources. If they get their hands on someone who is quite knowledgeable then they won’t hesitate from taking their time to understand whatever valuable information or concepts they hold.

Share Experience

If there is one thing these individuals like to do, it is share what experience or knowledge they have gained over time! They will like to spend time engaging in conversations with others where they can talk about new things they have learnt or what concepts interest them! They will like to talk from experience and benefit those around them because they do believe in sharing and imparting important knowledge or skills.


Whatever makes sense attracts this personality type! The 5w6 INTP does not like to accept a piece of information just because it appeals to them, has sentimental value or is provided by a person very dear to the personality type under discussion.

The 5w4 INTP Personality Type: The Major Traits

In this section we will look at the traits exhibited by this unique combination.

Large Knowledge Base

This personality type is known for the large knowledge reservoir that they have created inside of themselves. Not only does the enneagram component ensure they achieve this but the influence of the INTP personality type gives them the ability to not only gain but process large amounts of data in an analytical manner!

Highly Cynical

This personality type is indeed cynical! They do accept that knowledge and facts are indeed objective however at the same time they recognize the human element in the making of things. The 5w4 INTP personality type strongly believes that people are motivated by their inner desires, motivations, needs and of course biases or dislikes. Hence, they are very careful when they take information or instructions from others and will show that in their attitude. They are not easy to convince and they might take your word so easily – they want evidence!


As we mentioned before, this personality type does recognize the human element! This is because they are themselves expressive and do not mind incorporating how they view things into their work.

It will be obvious in their work and achievements their own personal mark – they like to leave their signature on how to do things. So if you meet anyone with this personality type, you will notice they have a certain way of doing things and it will be quite apparent!


Yes, this personality type is analytical and we have already highlighted the reason behind this. They like to study things very closely and will not hesitate scrutinizing them to reach a valid and true conclusion!

Unique Investigative Method

The 5w4 INTP personality type has their own unique way of doing things. They like to color their work with their own personal touch and this will be obvious. It is a reflection of their personality and character as well as their likes and dislikes.

Resource Oriented

It is important to mention that this specific type of individual is resource oriented. Hence, most of their decisions are based on the fact of whether or not they will gain the resources they so badly think they need!

The Enneagram Type 9 & The INTP Personality Type!

The combination between the two here is quite powerful where the two personalities come together to create a powerhouse that seeks to understand how the world works and what awaits them in the future. They want to see the bigger picture in life and will strive hard to understand the meaning that they need to possess in life. They do not mind trying new things out but prefer to play safe and may be more afraid of chaos or conflict than the regular personality types that make this combination up!

This personality type is so afraid of conflict that they will spend much time on how to avoid it. They will also get stressed out easily if they feel they have hurt someone and will think of ways to make them feel better. At the same time, this personality possesses much creativity and they can come up with innovative and interesting ideas!

In addition to enneagram 5 and 9, here is a review of the INTP 8w9 Personality Type.


This article focused on the different combinations the INTP personality type can form with enneagrams such as the type 5 and 9 enneagrams. The article not only introduced the INTP personality but also discussed the traits that result from the combinations made when it pairs with different enneagrams.

Check the INTPs 5w4 Vs 5w6.


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