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Those of us who have been around a while know the distinction between the two types, but not everyone does. Here's a decent breakdown. It is from Personality Junkie

The MBTI® and the Enneagram – What’s Different
From a basic perspective, the Myers-Briggs® system has 16 personality types and the enneagram system has nine. Myers-Briggs typology is based on the work of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, whereas the enneagram is a modern synthesis of several ancient beliefs. Its roots are in antiquity and can be traced back at least as far as the works of Pythagoras.

Enneagram vs. Myers-Briggs – Differences in Perspectives
Your Myers-Briggs® type essentially tells you how you perceive information (through Intuition or Sensation) and the criteria you prioritize when you make decisions: Thinking (logic, pros and cons) or Feeling (ethics and values). Your personality type in this system is something you’re born with. How you USE your mental wiring will vary greatly from person to person.
For example, one INFP might use their gifts of feeling and intuition to help the environment, come up with creative ways to stop animal cruelty or create vegan recipes.
Another INFP might use their gifts of feeling and intuition to stand up for gun rights, write poetry, or create paleo recipes.
One INFP might be soft-spoken and obsessed with Harry Potter, while another INFP might be more outspoken and obsessed with Stephen King’s literature. Either way, both individuals are processing information through intuition and making the majority of their decisions with a feeling preference.

What Your Myers-Briggs Type Tells You:
Your Myers-Briggs® type tells you exactly which cognitive processes you’re using when you make decisions and process information. Many of the findings of the MBTI have been backed up by science. Your type in this system will tell you how you use Intuition, Sensing, Feeling, and Thinking. You can even find out what gets you into a mental state of flow based on your type. Your Myers-Briggs type can also tell you what causes you stress, and how you nurture other people.

What Your Enneagram Type Tells You:
Your enneagram type gets much more personal than your Myers-Briggs® type does. When we look at Myers-Briggs typology, we’re really seeing the lenses through which you see the world and prioritize information. We don’t know what your childhood wounds are, what your basic fear is (although we have some hypotheses), or what your driving desire is. This is where the enneagram can help us.
The enneagram can tell you which exact childhood wounds and experiences led you to develop certain coping mechanisms. The Nine, for example, felt that they were safer and better if they blended into the background and didn’t assert themselves. The Four felt like a misfit in their family – like the odd duck, never quite fitting in. The Nine coped by numbing out to their own will, desires, and emotions. The Four coped by facing their shame and finding a way to embrace and love what made them different.
The enneagram can also tell us what your basic desire and fear are. It tells us what you’re running away from as well as what you’re running towards.
Your enneagram type can also tell you where you have your greatest assets and liabilities. Eights, Nines, and Ones have assets and liabilities in their instinctual drives. Twos, threes, and fours have assets and liabilities in their feelings. Fives, sixes, and sevens have assets and liabilities in their thinking.
Similarly, there’s a driving emotion that underlies each enneagram type. Eights, Nines, and Ones act out, repress, or deny feelings of anger or rage.
Twos, threes, and fours act out, repress, or deny feelings of shame.
Fives, sixes, and sevens act out, repress, or deny feelings of fear.

Summing It Up…
Essentially, you can know someone’s Myers-Briggs® personality type and know very little about their pain, their coping mechanisms, and their deeper selves. You can grasp how they prefer to interact with the world, what they look for when they decide, and the information that will interest them. But the enneagram type can reveal much more personal information.
For example, when someone tells you they’re a Two you can know that it’s important for them to be liked, to nurture, and to have harmonious interactions. Perhaps they grew up feeling like they were only worthwhile if they served and put others first. You’ll know that their basic desire is to be loved and their basic fear is being unloved or unwanted for who they are. If they have issues with people-pleasing and flattery you can recognize that they want acknowledgment and intimacy. If they’re a child of yours then you can help them to establish boundaries, and show them that they are loved for who they are – not what they do.

Enneagram vs. MBTI - what's different?
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