ENFPs are the free spirits in the MBTI. When compared with the enneagram, some identify as the ENFP 9w8.
In this article, we’ll look at who the ENFP 9w8 is and what you can expect from them.
Who is the ENFP 9w8?
ENFP 9w8 are easy-going people. They retain the positivity of the ENFP with some minor tweaks. They value interactions with others and are usually peace-makers. This makes them look and behave like the INFP.
What is the Core Desire of the ENFP 9w8?
The core desire of the ENFP 9w8 is to be at peace. To achieve this, they try to be as accepting as possible.
What is the Core Fear of the ENFP 9w8?
The core fear of the ENFP 9w8 is to have their peace disrupted. They also don’t like being in hostile environments.
How the 9w8 Changes the Natural Tendencies of the ENFP
1. Less Energetic
The typical ENFP has a lot of energy to expend. That’s why they’re called the campaigners. However, ENFP 9w8 will be different.
While they have more energy than introverts, their energy is not on the same level as other ENFPs. Thus, this personality type might take more breaks from work or mental sparring.
This also affects their social batteries.
2. More Disciplined
Self-discipline is not something that comes easily to ENFPs. Because ENFP 9w8s lead with type 9, this also applies to them.
However, the presence of their wing elevates their self-discipline to a better place. So while they won’t be a monster at work, they can get things done if they need to.
Their ability to stay grounded is amplified by the creativity they already possess.
3. More Diplomatic
ENFP 9w8s are diplomatic as a rule. Because they are predominantly type 9, they can see all sides or perspectives.
This makes it easier for them to talk to and understand others. ENFPs are also very friendly and cheerful. So, people never feel uneasy with this personality type.
It’s simply smooth sailing.
4. Less Independent
ENFPs are one of the types that value their independence. This is also present in the ENFP 9w8s with a twist.
While they want to be independent, they are also looking to accommodate others. So, this personality type sacrifices some of their independence to make peace.
This is especially obvious when dealing with family or friends.
5. Weaker Fi
This follows the last point. With the need to accommodate others comes a weaker Fi. When combined with Ne, the Fi function allows ENFPs to state and stick to their values.
However, the presence of type 9 changes things. ENFP 9w8s will succumb to pressure from people closest to them to avoid conflict.
So, they might do things that do not align with their internal moral compass. While true, the effect can be less significant if their wing is strong. This is because type 8 embraces conflict.
This might not also hold when it comes to deeply entrenched beliefs.
New Weaknesses of the ENFP 9w8
Type 9 is very indecisive. This is also present in the ENFP 9w8s. This personality type struggles with making decisions for one reason; making a decision means taking a definitive stance.
This also means going against another stance. ENFP 9w8s want to ensure everyone is on the same page before making a decision. Sometimes, this is just not possible.
Their indecisiveness does not extend to deeply held beliefs or values. When they are called into question, their response is immediate.
2. Moderate People-Pleasers
Because they strive to accommodate others, it’s natural for them to struggle with creating healthy boundaries. This makes them mild or moderate people-pleasers.
However, their people-pleasing problems are limited because of their wing and Fi. When pushed to the wall, ENFP 9w8s will stand up for themselves.
3. Anger Issues
Type 9 and type 8 are both in the anger triad. Type 9 seeks to repress the anger until it accumulates, while type 8 confronts the anger.
So, the ENFP 9w8 will first repress their anger to avoid conflict. This can go on for a while. However, when repeatedly pushed, they can become very volatile.
When this happens, this personality type is unrecognizable.
4. The Struggle with Assertiveness/Passiveness
ENFPs are usually assertive. However, type 9 is passive in every sense of the word. This makes them a walking contradiction in this sense. Moreso, it leads to an internal struggle.
So, in some situations, the ENFP can be overly assertive and outspoken. In other circumstances, they can be extremely passive.
People close to them never know what to expect from them.
5. First Approach to Problems
For the ENFP 9w8s, the first thought is the easier way out when faced with problems. The easy way out could be numbing themselves, going to bed, or walking away.
This is borne from their need to avoid conflict. This tendency can lead to abandoned relationships and missed opportunities.
ENFP 9w8 in the Workplace
ENFPs want a career that challenges them and matches their values. They want to be innovative and prefer a flexible working environment.
ENFP 9w8s are the same. This personality type also wants a harmonious work environment. ENFP 9w8s can survive with both remote and 9-5 work arrangements.
Ensure their role is creative to get the best out of the ENFP 9w8. If the workplace is harmonious, even better.
Best Careers for the ENFP 9w8
- HR Specialist
- Graphic Designer
- Social worker
Worst Careers for the ENFP 9w8
- Police officer
Famous/Fictional/Anime Characters that are ENFP 9w8
- Momiji Sohma (Fruit basket)
- Post Malone
- Kae Serinuma (Watashi ga motete Dousanda)
- Iduna (Frozen)
- Geum Jan-di (Boys over flowers)
- Ben Barnes
- Haru Yoshioka (Neko no Ongaeshi)
- Chris Pine
- Hazel (Infinity Ride)
- Tyler Bowen (Everything sucks!)
- Tyler Posey
- Bubbles (Angry Birds)