INFP 6w5 (The Complete Guide)

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When INFPs are compared with the enneagram, type 4 and type 9 are probably what people think of. However, INFP type 5 and type 6 also exist. Here, we take a look at the INFP 6w5 and what you can expect from this personality type.

What is an INFP 6w5 Like?

INFP 6w5 are loyal people. They tend to be analytical too. This type craves security and is often wary of the unknown.  These people are completely different from the stereotypical traits of the INFP.

Thus, they may mistype themselves as INTJs or some other rational type. As we shall see, the presence of type 6 and type 5 greatly alters the personality of the INFPs.

What is the Core Desire of the INFP 6w5?

The core desire of the INFP 6w5 is to be secure. They aim to find security by keeping to themselves and what they already know.

Thus, getting to trust new people, taking on new skills, or simply putting themselves out there consistently might be a bit difficult for them.

What is the Core Fear of the INFP 6w5?

The core fear of the INFP 6w5 is being insecure. The things that cause them insecurity are a bit peculiar to this type.

Being abandoned by people they care about or conflicts are things that leave them insecure. Thus, INFP 6w5 might try to solve this problem by never giving people and good opportunities a chance.

How the 6w5 Changes the Natural Tendencies of the INFP

1.      More Rational

INFPs are painted as feelers with a lot of warmth and sensitivity. This is different with the INFP 6w5. They approach matters rationally and tend to weigh logic and emotions when making a decision.

This does not mean that they are not feelers. They just don’t allow you to see that part of them. They tend to protect their vulnerability at all costs.

2.      More Realistic

INFP 6w5s are much more realistic than their other INFPs. This can be put down to their type 6. This type is notorious for being realistic or near pessimistic.

Thus, the once idealistic INFP is now forced to consider all the options and loopholes that could go wrong. This helps them to make the right decision.

Their disciplined nature also helps in relationships. While INFPs will naturally approach relationships with idealistic views, INFP 6w5 might approach it from a realistic perspective.

That can make a world of difference.

3.      They Love Learning New Things

INFPs are intuitive by nature. However, it doesn’t get better than the INFP 6w5. This type is very curious and passionate about many things.

They love learning new things and can spend a significant portion of their time just researching. Researching here doesn’t mean academic work. It can be as simple as a Google search.

As long as they get answers, things usually go well.

4.      Less Sensitive

INFPs are notorious for being sensitive. This is especially true with the INFP 4w5. However, you don’t see a lot of that with the INFP 6w5. Because they are more rational, they understand the importance of feedback.

This is especially true when feedback is given calmly. Their favorable reaction to constructive feedback sees them excel in their chosen path.

5.      Less Complacent

INFPs can be huge procrastinators. While this is still very much evident with the INFP 6w5, it’s much lesser.

Type 6 are very reliable people. Type 5 is also concerned about self-sufficiency and wants to be independent. These two types make the INFP more reliable and interested in being self-sufficient.

Thus, INFP 6w5 can put in the work needed to get a task done. However, if their wing is especially strong, their sense of duty will be lesser.

New Weaknesses of the INFP 6w5

1.      Distrustful

Type 6’s major flaws come to the party here. INFP 6w5s are very distrustful people. Thus, you might never really gain their full trust.

They will also be suspicious of others and doubt people’s integrity. This can cause a strain in their relationships with others and their loved ones.

INFP 6w5s need to develop a more trusting attitude.

2.      Insecurities and Fear

INFP 6w5s will have deep insecurity issues. This might spill over to their confidence and self-esteem. They might also have trust issues.

They will be susceptible to fear and paranoia. These problems often lead to a struggle with their mental health. Issues such as depression and anxiety are usually liked with INFPs.

If you are facing any of these problems, you should see a therapist.

3.      Aloof

INFP 6w5s might have a goofy and caring side. The problem is that nobody gets to see it. INFP 6w5s often look aloof or indifferent. This is not intentional. It’s just their default look.

This might make them seem intimidating or unfriendly to others. On the contrary, they are people-oriented and want to be close to others. They just have so many issues that they are dealing with.

4.      Adverse to Conflict and Rejection

They do not like conflict or rejection. Period. This personality type wants to avoid these two situations. So, they back down from opportunities and relationships that might have yielded rich results.

While it’s okay to play it safe sometimes, taking the risk might be worth it in the end.

INFP 6w5 in the Workplace

INFPs look for creativity, flexibility, and passion when selecting their career. While these qualities are important to this type, they look for something more.

INFP 6w5s value career security. They want to know that they won’t just find themselves out of a job. They also want to know their job can take care of their needs.

INFP 6w5 might even sacrifice passion and flexibility if the career offers security and self-sufficiency. However, if the job has both, even better!

To get the best out of the INFP 6w5, make sure you place them in a workplace that is secure, stable, and promotes creativity.

Best Careers for INFP 6w5

  • Compliance Officer
  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Counselor
  • Principal
  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Professor

Worst Careers for INFP 6w5

  • Stock Broker
  • Cryptocurrency Trader
  • Financial Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Bartender

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  1. Wow! You have shed light on me.
    During all this time knowing MBTI, I’ve always been insecure of my type. INFJ, ISFJ, INFP … With the last one, I really refused, because I hate the stereotype of the crying baby, the messy vegan hippie addicted to anime, who doesn’t tolerate structure and runs away from responsibilities.
    Your analysis helped me to understand the difference my enneagram makes and I can relate to many things you wrote, especially this part: “On the contrary, they are people-oriented and want to be close to others. They just have so many issues that they are dealing with” OMG It’s like you described me!

    • Glad I could help!

      I’m really happy it helped you!

      If you’d like to see a particular topic being discussed on the website, do let me know. 🙂

  2. I’m like stuck in a cycle, seeing lot of accuracy for me into INFP 6w5 and INTP 9 as well. Need to check INFP 9 and INTP 6w5 too by the way. Sometimes I look for outside viewpoints about what might be my type and got many answers but then I wish people agree between themselves and also take in account my objections and new informations so it becomes a constructive view, but it does not happen and I stay lost into ambiguity.
    Or I’ve created like some kind of test to get an outside objective result, and I get a result but then I’m not really satisfied because I need an internal validation that doesn’t come. And so on and so on…
    Ahh ! It could make me crazy ! I guess this Infinite circle might be one more clue towards 6w5 though.

    • Hello,

      Yes, I see what you mean. In the enneagram chart, there’s a correlation between type 6 and type 9. There’s also a correlation between 8 and 5 which could be your wings. So, there could explain your problems. To learn more about the relationship between type 6 and type 9, you can check out this article on correlations between the MBTI and enneagram. Look out for the tables in that article.

      As for INFP and INTP, perhaps a look at the cognitive functions will help you solve your problems. INFP uses Fi and Te while INTP uses Fe and Ti. Ti means critical internal thinking takes place before they express themselves. Perhaps a bit of research on that will help.

  3. This perfectly describes me, happy to have read this article, just wanted to confirm that I am a 6w5, pretty much seals the deal for me.

  4. Tá explicado pq sou um infp só que diferente dos demais, eu tenho sim alguns traços do indo padrão mas a maior parte é do 6w5

  5. ah yes, as an INFP male and a 6w5 wing, it’s accurate, I was very aware of negative thinking. Trying my best to conceal it. I’m a straight man doing like a commander myself and yes, I’m very afraid that I might lose one of the closest girl I ever loved. I was also interested in Musical instruments, and related to computer hardware.

    • Hello Morgana,

      Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for signing up as a subscriber! Well, concealing your feelings might not always be the best path.


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