ESFJs And The Enneagram
Enneagram Type Distribution
Type 2 ESFJs
Type 2 with a 1 wing: 19%
Type 2 with a 3 wing: 81%
An overwhelming majority of ESFJs selected 2 as their Enneagram type. As this type is strongly correlate with the ESFJ’s dominant function extroverted feeling, this pairing certainly fits.
Type 2 ESFJs tend to be incredibly social, active members of their communities. They believe that they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others, and will often go far out of their way to lend practical help to loved ones in need. They are likely to require more validation from others than their type 6 counterparts, as their main motivation in life is to feel loved and appreciated by others.
Type 2 ESFJs are constantly moving away from feelings of worthlessness and toward feelings of love, connection and appreciation. They most closely resemble their intuitive cousin the ENFJ.
Type 6 ESFJs
Type 6 with a 5 wing: 67%
Type 6 with a 7 wing: 33%
A small (but nonetheless notable) proportion of ESFJs selected 6 as their Enneagram type. As this type is strongly correlated with the ESFJ’s auxiliary function introverted sensing, this pairing certainly makes sense.
Type 6 ESFJs are similar to their type 2 counterparts in that they are active and diligent members of their communities. They take their personal relationships seriously and are direly loyal to the people they love. For the type 6 ESFJ, however, these relationships are predominantly motivated by their need for support and guidance, as opposed to their need for love and validation. The type 6 ESFJ does not fear that they are unlovable but that they are incapable of providing for themselves. As a result, they entrench themselves deeply in their communities and form meaningful ties with the people and institutions that surround them.
Type 6 ESFJs are constantly moving away from feelings of helplessness and toward feelings of support and external guidance. They are most similar to their introverted-sensing dominant counterparts, ISFJs.
For further commentary on the cognitive functions as they relate to the instinctual variants of the Enneagram, click here.