Enneagram/MBTI Type Compatibility

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This is a discussion on Enneagram/MBTI Type Compatibility within the Enneagram Personality Theory Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Are some Enneagram types incompatible/not possible in certain MBTI types? (e.g. INTJ 4, ESTJ 2, INFP 3, ISFJ 8, ESTP ...

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    Type 6


    Enneagram/MBTI Type Compatibility

    Are some Enneagram types incompatible/not possible in certain MBTI types? (e.g. INTJ 4, ESTJ 2, INFP 3, ISFJ 8, ESTP 5) I've seen some talk of such, like how it goes against "natural" tendencies of type and cognitive functions.

    There are correlations/tendencies -- that's undeniable, but are some combinations simply nonexistent?

    If not, how would these seemingly contradictory types manifest itself in people?
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    Type 3

    Willing to bet anything is possible. MBTI thinking pattern =/= values =/= upbringing =/= individual personalities. Enneagram types manifest differently across their MBTI complements, so while an ENTJ/E8 might be outspoken and imposing, an INFP/E8 might be quite counterculture, or especially fierce in deflecting attacks on the validity of their values.

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    Type 6


    Quote Originally Posted by ozu View Post
    Willing to bet anything is possible. MBTI thinking pattern =/= values =/= upbringing =/= individual personalities. Enneagram types manifest differently across their MBTI complements, so while an ENTJ/E8 might be outspoken and imposing, an INFP/E8 might be quite counterculture, or especially fierce in deflecting attacks on the validity of their values.
    That's what I was thinking too. That while some combinations are very rare/weird, they're not nonexistent. From what I understand, MBTI = how, and Enneagram = why.
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    FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU, Firefox crashed on me. Anywho, time to retype:

    ESTP 1 is possible, especially if SX/SO and resembling of an 8. They are the most J-like perceivers, after all.

    ENTJ 2... might have to ask @Midnight Runner about that. I can't speak for him.

    INFP 3: @Nymma ESTP 4w3 is possible if SX/SO... not likely, but possible. Again, easily confusable for an 8. Se-Fe sounds like the epitome of trying to get a reaction out of people in a shitting on the table kind of way, assuming, of course, I sufficiently understand the 4.

    INTJ 4: I don't buy it. An Ni-Fi INTJ would more plausibly be a 6 than a 4. I can buy INTJ 3w4 or 5, though.

    Some people would argue that 5 doesn't go well with INTJ. I'd beg to differ.

    Extroverted 9's: I'd say that a fair proportion of Ne-doms are pseudo-introverted to begin with, especially if SP first and/or SO last, thus not playing the role of the "traditional" extrovert.

    Same goes for introverted SX/SO's and not being the "traditional" introvert.

    ISTP's can be a fuckton of different enneatypes.

    One combination that does make me go "wut," however, is ESTJ 4.

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    I know someone who is an ESTJ 2 - it works really quite well, even though theoretically it may seem like an odd combination.

    INTJ/ENTJ 4 seem the least plausible of all that's been listed. I have no idea how those would work.
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    Type 3

    My boyfriend might be an ESTP/E4, actually! It's the reason he always tests xNFJ. He thinks a lot of thoughts. Works as a filmmaker, and takes his craft very seriously (it's defs an art to him) despite how laid-back he is otherwise.
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    Type 6w7


    6w7 4w3 9w1 here...x.x and I can't tell if I'm Extraverted or Introverted, Judging or Perceiving xNFx. Can be one, but then the next day I'll be the other. I'm highly unpredictable.

    I have this cold withdrawn self for strangers and I'm extremely spazzy crazy with friends who know me well. Like I never grew up 5 years old freaky fun.

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    Type 6w7

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWaffle View Post
    Are some Enneagram types incompatible/not possible in certain MBTI types? (e.g. INTJ 4, ESTJ 2, INFP 3, ISFJ 8, ESTP 5) I've seen some talk of such, like how it goes against "natural" tendencies of type and cognitive functions.

    There are correlations/tendencies -- that's undeniable, but are some combinations simply nonexistent?

    If not, how would these seemingly contradictory types manifest itself in people?
    I, personally, don't think any combination is impossible. There are very unlikely ones, of course. If there was an INFP 8 walking around, I'd question if they weren't really a 7 or a 9. Same with an INTP 4, or an ISTJ 7. But if I got to know more about them, and their types correlated with their personality, then sure, I'd accept it.
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    Type 7w8

    I not only think that every combination is possible, but that the correlation between MBTI and Enneagram is far weaker than many believe. When this is examined, it is usually on the basis of tests, and the tests will attribute certain traits to both an MBTI type and an Enneagram type, even though they could be caused by only one of them.

    For example, as an INTJ I usually get high scores for 5. But my need to withdraw is simply introversion, and my penchant for abstract thinking, learning and being rather logical than emotional are simply INTJ traits. All this doesn't change the fact that knowledge cannot define me, and that I'm simply not a 5.

    The manifestations of MBTI and Enneagram type can seem somewhat contradictory, but that doesn't mean they cannot coincide. I think many people are more contradictory than we realize, because we often see only one aspect of others - partly because people play different roles in different circumstances, displaying only certain traits to certain people, and partly because we want people to make sense on some level. That's why we tend to think that one person could not have conflicting traits, and therefore no seemingly conflicting MBTI and Enneagram types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holunder View Post
    For example, as an INTJ I usually get high scores for 5. But my need to withdraw is simply introversion, and my penchant for abstract thinking, learning and being rather logical than emotional are simply INTJ traits. All this doesn't change the fact that knowledge cannot define me, and that I'm simply not a 5.
    Tests are usually skewed in a way that introverts typically score 4, 5, or 9. Hell, I used to think I was a 5w4, too, when I was depressed. Nowadays I typically score something like... 4w3 7w8 8w9 ;_;


     
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