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I am have done the tests and I am INFP with 7w6 in the enneagram - are the two congruant? I read all the types and 7 is right.

Are there any others with this combination?
 

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ENFP is usually much more likely to be paired with that enneagram, but I don't know if it's impossible. 7s are associated with rather energetic, outgoing personalities. I think an INFP who is a 7 would feel a lot of conflict between their emotional motivations to interact with the external so much and the need to introspect and explore their inner world.
 

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While it is quite uncommon for Fours to mistype as Seven, it is not especially unusual for Sevens to initially mistype as Four. In addition, from an external point of view, more extroverted Fours, primarily those with the Three wing, can, in some settings, look like Sevens and artistic Sevens might resemble Fours. This is because both types can be creative, unconventional, attention seeking and even flamboyant in their presentation. Nevertheless, Fours are far less extroverted than Sevens who truly seek out people as a principle means of distraction. Fours are comfortable with their negative mental states, even sometimes choosing to inhabit them, whereas Sevens are in flight from pain. As a general rule, Sevens tend to overestimate the extent of their suffering and sadness because they find such mental states to be so threatening to their sense of self; they can therefore think of themselves as being more melancholic than they actually are. The melancholy of type Seven is primarily driven by anxiety however, whereas that of type Four has its roots in a feeling of worthlessness.
taken from Kasper: http://www.typologycentral.com/forums/enneagram/32933-infp-7w6.html

who got it from: Sevens - the enneagram ...info from the underground

It seems you are most likely an ENFP rather than an INFP..
 

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I keep wondering if perhaps I am just a toned down ENFP?! But to be sure I retook four different versions of the MBTI and got INFP four times - always above 80% I!

One of those times I tried to answer differently and still got INFP!
 

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I am an INFP and my head fix is 7w6. I'm definitely an introverted person (I get my energy from being alone), but 7w6 in my trifix means that I have a really direct interaction style, and I do sometimes socialize purely for stimulation.

However, it is more likely if 7w6 is your main type that you are an extrovert. I mean, it depends, do you get your energy from being around other people and when you're alone, do you crave social interaction? Or do you get your energy from being alone, and when you're interacting socially, crave time to yourself?
 

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I am an INFP and my head fix is 7w6. I'm definitely an introverted person (I get my energy from being alone), but 7w6 in my trifix means that I have a really direct interaction style, and I do sometimes socialize purely for stimulation.

However, it is more likely if 7w6 is your main type that you are an extrovert. I mean, it depends, do you get your energy from being around other people and when you're alone, do you crave social interaction? Or do you get your energy from being alone, and when you're interacting socially, crave time to yourself?
Interesting point. If I am totally honest I get energy from being around and interacting with my wife and children, but nobody else. I have little interest in getting to know or socialising with others. I do also need time alone for reflection (my commute usually!) but give me 24 hours without my family and I am miserable and craving them. I have never once wanted to be away from them deliberately. Not sure if that makes me an 'E' for my immediate family and 'I' for everyone else!

I did put in another thread that I was an ENFP (but only 5% E) until I married, then I was consistently INFP.

Something to think about I suppose!
 

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Interesting point. If I am totally honest I get energy from being around and interacting with my wife and children, but nobody else. I have little interest in getting to know or socialising with others. I do also need time alone for reflection (my commute usually!) but give me 24 hours without my family and I am miserable and craving them. I have never once wanted to be away from them deliberately. Not sure if that makes me an 'E' for my immediate family and 'I' for everyone else!

I did put in another thread that I was an ENFP (but only 5% E) until I married, then I was consistently INFP.

Something to think about I suppose!
Alright, then here is what I think. What you are experiencing may have to do with cognitive functions. Those are basically the theory behind MBTI theory. They are basically different kinds of mental processes.

So, as an ENFP, your cognitive functions would be Ne, Fi, Te, and Si.
Ne - extroverted iNtuition (This is a function which takes in information from the world around itself looking for things which are not obvious/hidden - connections, meanings, etc.)
Fi - introverted Feeling (This is a function which serves as your moral center. It is ethical, emotional, and personal.)
Te - extroverted Thinking (This is a function which views things from an objective logical point of view)
Si - introverted Sensing (This is a function which connects that which is happening to what has already happened, what is already known.)

Now, if that made any sense, let me go on to say, I think you've just developed Si, and one thing about Si is that it is pretty much the opposite of Ne, and so developing it might be suppressing Ne. If this happened, then you might act less extroverted (and crave less social stimulation from new/unfamiliar people), and start to be content with interacting with people you were already familiar with.

If that is true, then you're still an ENFP, you're just experiencing a new phase in your development as a person.
 

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Interesting point. If I am totally honest I get energy from being around and interacting with my wife and children, but nobody else. I have little interest in getting to know or socialising with others. I do also need time alone for reflection (my commute usually!) but give me 24 hours without my family and I am miserable and craving them. I have never once wanted to be away from them deliberately. Not sure if that makes me an 'E' for my immediate family and 'I' for everyone else!

I did put in another thread that I was an ENFP (but only 5% E) until I married, then I was consistently INFP.

Something to think about I suppose!
This suggests extroversion, IMO; your focus is on interacting with people (doesn't matter how many or who they are), not exploring your inner world. Being an extrovert does not mean being a social butterfly or the life of the party - it's where your focus is: the outer or inner life. Every human being needs some alone time or time to reflect, just as everyone needs human interaction - it's where your preference lies that determines E/I. E/I is also very much a scale, so you may be a "low E" or a "low I", meaning you're close to the line. 7w6 strongly suggests E though.

A lot of introverts will tell you 24 hours all alone is a dream. :laughing:
 

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Alright, then here is what I think. What you are experiencing may have to do with cognitive functions. Those are basically the theory behind MBTI theory. They are basically different kinds of mental processes.

So, as an ENFP, your cognitive functions would be Ne, Fi, Te, and Si.
Ne - extroverted iNtuition (This is a function which takes in information from the world around itself looking for things which are not obvious/hidden - connections, meanings, etc.)
Fi - introverted Feeling (This is a function which serves as your moral center. It is ethical, emotional, and personal.)
Te - extroverted Thinking (This is a function which views things from an objective logical point of view)
Si - introverted Sensing (This is a function which connects that which is happening to what has already happened, what is already known.)

Now, if that made any sense, let me go on to say, I think you've just developed Si, and one thing about Si is that it is pretty much the opposite of Ne, and so developing it might me suppressing Ne. If this happened, then you might act less extroverted (and crave less social stimulation from new/unfamiliar people), and start to be content with interacting with people you were already familiar with.

If that is true, then you're still an ENFP, you're just experiencing a new phase in your development as a person.
That is so interesting thank you for posting this. Perhaps I am an ENFP afterall and all the personality tests are wrong!
 

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That is so interesting thank you for posting this. Perhaps I am an ENFP afterall and all the personality tests are wrong!
Most personality tests only go letter by letter and don't actually give much consideration to cognitive functions directly, which can cause some problems. For instance, my functions as an INFP are Fi, Ne, Si, and Te (in that order), and I have a pretty strong Te. Tests often type me as an INTP. Obviously, I'm not a Thinker. Look at my blog - it's covered up in ridiculous poetry, often mooning over some new crush. Probably that's not an INTP behavior. *laughs*
 

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This suggests extroversion, IMO; your focus is on interacting with people (doesn't matter how many or who they are), not exploring your inner world. Being an extrovert does not mean being a social butterfly or the life of the party - it's where your focus is: the outer or inner life. Every human being needs some alone time or time to reflect, just as everyone needs human interaction - it's where your preference lies that determines E/I. E/I is also very much a scale, so you may be a "low E" or a "low I", meaning you're close to the line. 7w6 strongly suggests E though.

A lot of introverts will tell you 24 hours all alone is a dream. :laughing:
I am strongly coming to the conclusion that I am a very low E. I guess without my family, I would be an E. My focus is on them and interacting with them, though I do need time on my own for reflection, and of all the E types, ENFP is the one that needs time alone the most.
 

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I looked at the tritype test thing - it came back 7-9-2 That seems very inconsistent with INFP and very consistent with ENFP.
 
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I suppose you could be an INFP 7w6. As has been said, though, it doesn't really fit that well; it would seem that most INFP's are 4's. However, I'm a 5w4, and the order of my cognitive functions is sort of abnormal (Ne>Ti>Fi>Si=Se>Ni=Te>Fe).... there's always exceptions when it comes to things like this; that's just how it works.
 

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I do also need time alone for reflection (my commute usually!) but give me 24 hours without my family and I am miserable and craving them. I have never once wanted to be away from them deliberately. Not sure if that makes me an 'E' for my immediate family and 'I' for everyone else!

I did put in another thread that I was an ENFP (but only 5% E) until I married, then I was consistently INFP.

Something to think about I suppose![/QUOTE]

ENFP need more alone time than any of the other Extraverts to process things so it could be that you are an ENFP, but I am an xNFP and a 7w6. I am quite enthusiastic with my friends, but when I am done I like to be alone. Close the doors, shut off the TVs and leave me alone.
 

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I am 90% sure my old roommate was an infp 7. She did seem to have a lot of internal vs external conflict, and brought the richness of her internal values and desire for diversity into her search for varied experiences, adventures, and acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles.

Sometimes I think that like, infp 7s and esfj 8s or entj 4s would make more balanced, productive personalities, but idk.

anyways, yeah, the combination is rare but not impossible.
 

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This suggests extroversion, IMO; your focus is on interacting with people (doesn't matter how many or who they are), not exploring your inner world. Being an extrovert does not mean being a social butterfly or the life of the party - it's where your focus is: the outer or inner life. Every human being needs some alone time or time to reflect, just as everyone needs human interaction - it's where your preference lies that determines E/I. E/I is also very much a scale, so you may be a "low E" or a "low I", meaning you're close to the line. 7w6 strongly suggests E though.

A lot of introverts will tell you 24 hours all alone is a dream. :laughing:
Following this definition I am an enfp. I'm not sure if that's necessarily true because obviously there are levels of extroversion vs introversion. If someone is very mildly introverted, maybe 6 hours alone time is a dream before they get bored or feel stuck in their head. For me, also, the idea of how I gain energy is confusing because I have energy when I am happy or feel something worthwhile. A bad interaction with persons makes me feel drained and low energy, a good interaction high energy and happy. Feeling rootless and at a loss at home leaves me low energy and unhappy and other times an interesting thought or projects in my life give me high energy. However, even in social situations with friends I tune out to re-collect mentally and may give them spurts of high energy and then slip back for a second, un-noticed. At the same time, if I am an introvert, I am a low introvert, because my need to interact with others is pretty high. I think a day without seeing, calling, or at least interacting with someone on the internet would make me feel pretty low. Another thing is, I feel uncomfortable around most people and so don't really get much from interacting with them, unless things are going well, but when I was with my boyfriend or a close friend, I would be really high energy, and this could be called "gaining energy" or "tapping into reserved Ne" or whatever. So it can be hard to discern truly gaining energy versus gaining fulfillment or happiness around persons; sometimes having fulfillment or happiness and the purpose it gives, gives you an "overall" life energy to go in a certain direction. This post was long but my main point is, for me, deciding infp vs enfp basically came down to looking at type descriptions and cog functions, and at how enfps vs infps tend to write on this forum.... but to be honest, I am still sometimes unsure, as being a type 4 enfp would be confusing due to conflict with enfp stereotypes. For example, I am not sure if I withdraw in social situations due to low energy; it is usually do to feeling disconnected between me and the persons, and that's a type 4 thing.

To the OP, I wouldn't rule infp out but keep looking at cog functions and type descriptions.
 

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Following this definition I am an enfp. I'm not sure if that's necessarily true because obviously there are levels of extroversion vs introversion. If someone is very mildly introverted, maybe 6 hours alone time is a dream before they get bored or feel stuck in their head. For me, also, the idea of how I gain energy is confusing because I have energy when I am happy or feel something worthwhile. A bad interaction with persons makes me feel drained and low energy, a good interaction high energy and happy. Feeling rootless and at a loss at home leaves me low energy and unhappy and other times an interesting thought or projects in my life give me high energy. However, even in social situations with friends I tune out to re-collect mentally and may give them spurts of high energy and then slip back for a second, un-noticed. At the same time, if I am an introvert, I am a low introvert, because my need to interact with others is pretty high. I think a day without seeing, calling, or at least interacting with someone on the internet would make me feel pretty low. Another thing is, I feel uncomfortable around most people and so don't really get much from interacting with them, unless things are going well, but when I was with my boyfriend or a close friend, I would be really high energy, and this could be called "gaining energy" or "tapping into reserved Ne" or whatever. So it can be hard to discern truly gaining energy versus gaining fulfillment or happiness around persons; sometimes having fulfillment or happiness and the purpose it gives, gives you an "overall" life energy to go in a certain direction. This post was long but my main point is, for me, deciding infp vs enfp basically came down to looking at type descriptions and cog functions, and at how enfps vs infps tend to write on this forum.... but to be honest, I am still sometimes unsure, as being a type 4 enfp would be confusing due to conflict with enfp stereotypes. For example, I am not sure if I withdraw in social situations due to low energy; it is usually do to feeling disconnected between me and the persons, and that's a type 4 thing.

To the OP, I wouldn't rule infp out but keep looking at cog functions and type descriptions.
The point here is that it's not about alone time being energizing or not, but the focus of the mind. Introverts often seek alone time because it allows them to focus on the inner world more. If your focus on interactions is your Fi valuations (ie. "is this fulfilling an ideal?"), then you have an inner focus. If the focus is on Ne possibilites (ie. "could this go somewhere interesting?"), then you have an outer focus. Of course, xNFPs do both, but which really pulls at you to explore?

The focus of the Fi type requires more introspection; when people buzz about, it's hard to really evaluate deeply. When I love being around someone, when the possibilities seem very promising, I almost want to leave just to bask in it. Conversely, it's hard to pursue possibilites in interactions when not interacting. The Ne type may want to obsessively pursue the possibility at hand, because it's what grabs them the most, and a positive Fi valuation arising will just feed it. Of course, not all possibilities involve people, which is why extroversion is not necessarily a matter of how much time you prefer to interact or not (speaking of the Ne type here).

You can also see how Ne is much more related to e7 then. The focus is to keep exploring ideas/experiences in the outer world, because the e7 is the hedonistic type who avoids the pain of their inner anxiety (head triad issue). Avoiding the inner world and being a Fi-dom is at odds.... But I absolutely don't believe that any MBTI type can be any enneatype.
 

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The point here is that it's not about alone time being energizing or not, but the focus of the mind. Introverts often seek alone time because it allows them to focus on the inner world more. If your focus on interactions is your Fi valuations (ie. "is this fulfilling an ideal?"), then you have an inner focus. If the focus is on Ne possibilites (ie. "could this go somewhere interesting?"), then you have an outer focus. Of course, xNFPs do both, but which really pulls at you to explore?

The focus of the Fi type requires more introspection; when people buzz about, it's hard to really evaluate deeply. When I love being around someone, when the possibilities seem very promising, I almost want to leave just to bask in it. Conversely, it's hard to pursue possibilites in interactions when not interacting. The Ne type may want to obsessively pursue the possibility at hand, because it's what grabs them the most, and a positive Fi valuation arising will just feed it. Of course, not all possibilities involve people, which is why extroversion is not necessarily a matter of how much time you prefer to interact or not (speaking of the Ne type here).

You can also see how Ne is much more related to e7 then. The focus is to keep exploring ideas/experiences in the outer world, because the e7 is the hedonistic type who avoids the pain of their inner anxiety (head triad issue). Avoiding the inner world and being a Fi-dom is at odds.... But I absolutely don't believe that any MBTI type can be any enneatype.
Saying all that, what would you say I am now? You've probably seen the most of my posts in enough places.
 

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Saying all that, what would you say I am now? You've probably seen the most of my posts in enough places.
Your etype? You strike me as a 9. The more moody, cynical kind, not the bubbly, fairy dust sprinkling kind. Yes, they exist. Possibility of being a 4 still.

Of course, that's just my opinion. The process of figuring out type for yourself can be important, IMO, so I don't generally like to tell people their type as if I know for sure (because I don't).
 

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Its very possible that there exists many INFP 7's or 7 fixers. There's a handful of them on this forum alone. I don't think that the link between type 7 and extroversion is a concrete one, if you think about it, 7 is all about escapism, much like 9's. It is also about seeking the next opportunity, avoiding negativity or pain but again, there is no definite link between extroversion and the core of 7. I have a 7 wing and this is supposed to mean by some of the books, that there is an outgoing, buddyish element to me but I wouldn't say that was a defining trait to me at all, it just means I play down the negative sometimes and sometimes to keep a neutral atmosphere. I could have easily been labelled as a 5 for the reason I am pretty withdrawn so its not as simple as that. Extro/introversion exists more in the realm of MBTI imo.
 
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