INFP—The Healer

INFP, The Healer.

Most nondirective

3% of U.S. population

Traits: Idealistic, noble service to aid society; defender of the people/causes; easygoing; gentle; congenial (until their ideal/ethics/rights or those of others are breeched, then very assertive); reflective; gentle exterior masking an assertive interior; needs to please and avoid conflict; sensitive; deep capacity for caring; strong sense of integrity; concerned for others; self-critical; perfectionistic; calm; pleasant outside/passionate inside; profound sense of honor; deep commitment to the positive and the good; moral; ethical; loyal to and protector of family values and ideals; empathic; benevolent; authentic

Occupations: Psychologist/therapist, psychiatrist, social worker, teacher, nonprofit staff worker

Examples: Joan of Arc, Sir Galahad, Don Quixote, Isabel Briggs Myers, Carl Rogers (psychologist), Princess Diana, Counselor Troi (Star Trek)


ESFP—The Entertainer

ESFP, The Performer.

Most generous and whimsical

11% of U.S. population

Traits: Lives for the present; most in touch with the here and now; “live and let live”; focuses on the positive, denies the negative; ignores problems; needs action, people pleaser; “dizzy blonde”; avoids conflict; warm; supportive; easygoing; optimistic; popular with both adults and kids; enjoys life; “life is a party” attitude; loves luxury; exciting; unpredictable; impulsive; self-indulgent; sociable; playful; fun-loving; lively; witty; pleasure-loving

Occupations: Teacher (especially elementary school), actor, athlete, PR person, nurse, social worker, salesperson/ performing artists

Examples: Edith Bunker, Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner

Enneagram Type 6: The Realist

The Loyalist

Triad: Head

Purpose: Security, order

Quest: To be secure

Lessons: Independence, self-trust



Values: Safety, grounding

Talents: Responsibility, courage

Challenge: Doubt

Fear: Being abandoned

Childhood parental dynamics: Positive to father


Healthy: Loyal, likeable, caring, practical, helpful, responsible, friendly, committed to “tribe”/family, cooperative, reliable, trustworthy, hardworking, dependable, independent and interdependent

Average: Hypervigilant, worrier, edgy/testy, anxious, distrustful of others, seeks approval/assistance of an authority figure, suspicious, traditionalist, “team player”, dutiful, obedient

Unhealthy: Insecure, cowardly, worthless, incompetent, overreacts to everything, exaggerates problems, anxious, controlling, judgmental, defensive, rigid, feels persecuted and attacked by others, self-defeating, self-punishing, masochistic, belligerent, mean-spirited, rebellious/ aggressive


Roles: Security guard, stunt person, private detective, home inspector

Examples: Woody Allen, Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Joseph McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, Andy Rooney, Boy Scouts, Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz)

INTJ—The Mastermind

INTJ, The Mastermind.

Most independent

2% of U.S. population

Traits: Drive toward constant improvement of everything; “big picture” person who sees both the forest and the trees; learns by arguing; appears aloof and unfriendly to others; dreams and visions are form of relaxation; work is the laboratory in which blueprints become reality; builder of systems; natural brainstormer; good at generalizing, classifying, summarizing, proving, and demonstrating information; pragmatic; future-oriented; high achiever; loyal to organizations (employment); unemotional; strong need for privacy; skeptical; reality is malleable to ideas; easy decisionmaker; nonexpressive, but deeply emotional

Occupations: Teacher/professor, researcher, inventor, program analyst, architect, engineer

Examples: Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, Vulcans

ESTJ—The Supervisor

ESTJ, The Supervisor.

Most hard-charging and masculine

11% of U.S. population

Traits: Grounded; organized; controlled; appropriate; capable; gregarious; dependable; practical; reliable; need for/to control; outgoing; assertive; decisive; opinionated; take charge nature; responsible; dutiful; loyal; impatient with opposing views; neat; orderly; straight-forward with interactions; consistent; follows procedures; sets rules; “a place for everything and everything in its place”; “what you see is what you get”

Occupations: Manager, administrator, supervisor, military commander

Examples: Harry S. Truman, Lucy (Peanuts), Archie Bunker, Joan Rivers

Enneagram Type 5: The Thinker

The Investigator

Triad: Head

Purpose: Explanation of life, understanding of universe

Quest: To understand the world

Lessons: Activating intelligence, connection with others


Values: Knowledge, self-sufficiency

Talent: Understanding

Challenge: Greed for knowledge

Fear: Overwhelm

Childhood parental dynamics: Ambivalent to father and mother


Healthy: Perceptive, wise, insightful, visionary, open-minded, brilliant, genius, intelligent, expert, innovative, inventive, original thinker

Average: Analytical, objective, detached, observer, immersed in data and details, intellectualizer, reductionistic

Unhealthy: Reclusive, isolated, eccentric, suspicious, obsessed, paranoid, intellectually arrogant, stingy, distant


Roles: Scientist, philosopher, researcher, librarian, data manager

Examples: Ken Wilber, Emily Dickenson, Franz Kafka, Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Data (Star Trek TNG), “Watchers” (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; Highlander)

ISFJ—The Protector

ISFJ, The Protector.

Most loyal

9% of U.S. population

Traits: Dutiful, obedient, responsible, serves others, “doormat”, dependable, high sense of obligation, allegiance, and commitment; quiet, reserved; gentle; steady; caring; neat; tidy; serious; “work first—play later”, but “later” rarely happens; schedules fun/leisure time; complains about work, but loves/needs the work; respects authority; occasional streaks of stubbornness; extremely loyal; work/service to others is important b/c it builds character and brings growth, maturity, satisfaction, and fulfillment; frequently/usually overworked; often taken for granted; values respectability; very strong work ethic; thorough; frugal; humble; traditional

Occupations: Nurse, librarian, preschool teacher

Examples: Bess Truman, Nancy Reagan, Radar (M*A*S*H), Mother Theresa