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MBTI and Enneagram: Type Comparisons & Equivalents

Enneagram types and MBTI measurements are great ways of allowing us to analyse the traits and characteristics of humans.  

This article will analyse each enneagram type and compare them to their most likely MBTI type.

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Keep reading to see where you likely land on each scale!

Enneagram Type 1

The MBTI equivalent of enneagram type 1 is closest to that of ISTJ. This is because these traits closely resemble rational thinking. Both of these also include a careful and controlled approach to life in the aim to achieve the best results possible and to be the best person they can be.

Enneagram Type 2

Furthermore, the closest MBTI equivalent to enneagram 2 is likely ESFJ. These two types exhibit caring attributes towards others, always seeking to help out others in any way they can. They constantly seek to benefit others even at the expense of themselves.

Enneagram Type 3

Enneagram 3 is closest to ESTJ. This has a few similarities with enneagram 1 and MBTI ISTJ, but this type tends to be more success focused and willing to adapt to new situation if this means a development to their personal growth as opposed to those who seek to limit themselves on specific paths. 

Enneagram Type 4

Enneagram 4’s closest equivalent in terms of MBTI is likely INFP. This type is very withdrawn and tends to solely focus on themselves and the perception of themselves by others. 

Enneagram Type 5

The MBI equivalent that enneagram 5 most closely resembles is likely INTP. Those with this personality type enjoy discovering the facts out about life, as exhibited by their calculated attitude to finding out information. In this way, they tend to keep to themselves, as they much prefer observation over interaction.

Enneagram Type 6

Enneagram 6 resembles a variety of traits included in the ISXJ personality type as measured on the MBTI scale. This is because they are heavily committed to those around them, and constantly seek security from others in the form of partnerships.

Enneagram Type 7

It is also clear to see that Enneagram 7 most closely resembles it’s MBTI counterpart in the form of ENXP. These two types tend to enjoy busy lives filled with adventure and enjoyment. They thrive in situations that allow them to explore as much as life as possible, explaining such tendencies.

Enneagram Type 8

Enneagram 8 is closest to the EXTJ type on the MBTI scale. This enneagram type thoroughly enjoys the harder aspects of life, and for this reason enjoy asserting dominance due to their self-confident attitude towards life and will always seek to put forward their points when it comes to conversations and discussions, especially in decision making.

Enneagram Type 9

ISFP is likely the closest match to enneagram 9. This type strongly enjoys an easy life. They try to avoid as much challenge as possible and are stimulated by the simplicities that life have to offer. In this way they can be approachable and agreeable characters when it comes to decisions and compromise.

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