ESFJs are one of the kindest people in the MBTIverse. So, it makes sense that some of them identify as ESFJ 9w8.
This article discusses the ESFJ 9w8 and what you can expect from them.
So, if you’re ready, let’s go!
Who is the ESFJ 9w8?
ESFJ 9w8s are calm people with a slice of grit. They are gentle and often seek peaceful ways to solve any problems they face. Because of their wing, they have a back made of steel. This allows them to express themselves gently but hold on to healthy boundaries.
Type 9 is not the most common enneagram type for ESFJs. That title goes to type 2. Thus, the presence of this enneagram type changes some typical traits of the ESFJ, as we shall soon see.
ESFJ 9w8s are more likely to be turbulent than assertive.
What is the Core Desire of the ESFJ 9w8?
The core desire of the ESFJ 9w8 is to live in harmony. To do this, they try to avoid conflict or tense situations whenever they can.
What is the Core Fear of the ESFJ 9w8?
The core fear of the ESFJ 9w8 is to have their peace disrupted constantly. Thus, ESFJ 9w8 set up defense mechanisms to deal with peace disruptions.
For example, they might choose to agree outwardly with what the other person is saying. They might also choose to apologize even when they are right.
How the 9w8 Changes the Natural Tendencies of the ESFJ
1. Enhancement of Fe
ESFJ’s main function is extroverted feeling. This means they are always aware of people’s emotions and feelings. This is the function of group harmony, after all.
This is even more noticeable with ESFJ 9w8s. Just like ESFJ type 2s, they are more aware, but for a different reason. They want to avoid conflicts with others.
Knowing what makes others tick ensures they always say and do the right things.
2. Less Extroverted
ESFJs are super extroverts. ESFJ 9w8s are also extroverts. However, they are lower on the extroversion spectrum. ESFJ 9w8s will often keep to themselves to avoid clashes.
Now, don’t get it wrong. ESFJ 9w8s still go big on human interactions. However, it’s just not on the same level as typical ESFJs.
3. A Bit Less Self-Sacrificing
ESFJs are often called caregivers because of their self-sacrificing spirit. ESFJ 9w8s are different. They do not care enough about being self-sacrificing. While their actions might mirror that of typical ESFJs, it’s often done to avoid conflicts.
In other words, ESFJ 9w8s often have strong opinions that are suppressed to avoid confrontations. They don’t necessarily suppress their thoughts and actions because they care about others.
4. Just Moderate People-Pleasing
ESFJs are often chronic people-pleasers. They usually have a genuine need to please and help others. This is different with ESFJ 9w8s.
As mentioned earlier, the key is avoiding conflict. Thus, they will often do just enough people-pleasing to make this happen.
Push them enough, and type 8 takes over. They become more assertive and more unyielding.
5. Even More Tactful
As mentioned earlier, ESFJ’s Fe becomes super-enhanced. This makes the ESFJ 9w8s more tactful. They are more polite and know exactly what every situation needs.
Because of their wing, there might be situations where they lose this tactfulness. When this happens, it often surprises people.
6. Less Rigid with Routine
Routine is the hallmark of every judge, and ESFJ is just that. However, this is less evident with ESFJ 9w8s. They are more flexible. They can make compromises for people and certain situations.
As always, they do this to avoid conflict and maintain peace.
New Weaknesses of the ESFJ 9w8
1. More Indecisive
ESFJ 9w8s will battle with indecision throughout their lives. Here’s why. Between the need to please others and maintain peace, choices become harder. In other words, ESFJ 9w8s will struggle to pick a choice or make decisions in their bid to make everyone happy.
As you probably know, keeping everyone happy is almost an impossible feat. Thus, ESFJ 9w8s will often delay their decision until the last minute. This can be irritating and annoying.
2. Anger Issues
Types 9 and 8 are both in the anger triad. Type 9 tends to suppress their anger, while type 8 tends to confront their anger.
This means that ESFJ 9w8s will often suppress their anger until it boils over. During this suppression, they might become passive-aggressive and build resentment. Once they can’t take it anymore, things get really interesting.
3. Less Disciplined
ESFJs usually follow a routine. However, ESFJ 9w8s are more flexible. This can come with its drawbacks. One of them is less discipline.
ESFJ 9w8s will often struggle to be as consistent as typical ESFJs. However, make no mistake. ESFJ 9w8s are still very consistent and reliable.
4. Conflict Averse
ESFJ 9w8s are on a quest to avoid conflict. This has its drawbacks. Sometimes, you actually need conflict to progress. Because they desperately try to avoid it, things become too volatile when it does happen.
It can have an impact on their personal relationship and career opportunities.
ESFJ 9w8 in Love/Compatibility
Are you married or dating an ESFJ 9w8? Here are some things you should know about the ESFJ 9w8.
1. Allow Them to Express Themselves
ESFJ 9w8s often do not express their true values or thoughts on a matter. If you’re dating an ESFJ 9w8, encourage them to do so. For this to happen, you must create an environment where they feel it’s accepted.
Doing that will ensure you always see the true ESFJ 9w8. This is a privilege as most people never get to meet them.
ESFJ’s natural partner in the MBTI is the INFP or ISFP. Their dual partner in Socionics is the INTP. Type 9 gets along with all Enneagram types.
Thus, this personality type has a lot of options. While this is true, personality type is not the most important factor in a relationship. Any two mature people can make a relationship work.
3. Love Languages
This refers to how a person prefers to give and receive love. ESFJ 9w8s will often prefer quality time and words of affirmation.
In other words, they want to spend time with their loved ones. They also don’t mind being reassured that they are worth it.
It makes all the difference in the world.
4. Encourage Peaceful Conflict
As mentioned earlier, ESFJ 9w8s try to avoid conflict because of the disruption of peace it brings. If you’re dating an ESFJ 9w8, ensure they see conflict differently.
Conflicts can take place in a respectful and even playful manner. People do not need to get angry or traumatized after every disagreement.
Also, bear in mind that it will take time for them to trust you. So, take it one step at a time.
5. Respect Their Space
Finally, try to respect their space. You might never know they need space because of their people-pleasing nature.
So, you have to take the initiative. Do this, and they’ll love you even more.
ESFJ 9w8 in the Workplace
ESFJs have great interpersonal skills. Because of this, they do really well working and managing people. They also prefer a job that allows them to see tangible and practical results.
ESFJ 9w8s are similar. They do well when there’s some form of human interaction. ESFJ 9w8s might also value remote work slightly more than the traditional work environment because of the control it gives them.
Ensure their role utilizes their strengths to get the best out of the ESFJ 9w8.
Best Careers for the ESFJ 9w8
- HR Manager
Worst Careers for the ESFJ 9w8
- Investment Banker
- Forex Trader
Famous People/Fictional/Anime Characters that Might Be ESFJ 9w8
- Triz Pariz
- Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
- Hiiro Amagi (Ensemble Stars!)
- Einar (Vinland Saga)
- Chisato Arashi (Love Live! Superstar!)
- David Sheff (Beautiful Boy)
- Nandor the Relentless (What We Do in the Shadows)
- Danielle De Barbarac (Ever After: A Cinderella Story)
- Gregory Goyle (Harry Potter)
- Addy Prentiss (One of Us is Lying)