INTJs And The Enneagram
Enneagram Type Distribution:
Type 5 INTJs
Type 5 with a 4 wing: 43%
Type 5 with a 6 wing: 57%
A significant proportion of INTJs identified 5 as their Enneagram type. Though this type is most strongly correlated with the introverted thinking function, the INTJ’s combination of introverted intuition and extroverted thinking mimics the introverted thinker’s desire for a comprehensive logical understanding of the world around him or her. Therefore, it fits that many INTJs fall under the type 5 category.
Type 5 INTJs rely heavily on their dominant function, introverted intuition – preferring to wait until they have a comprehensive understanding of a situation before taking action on it. These INTJs are, almost without exception, avid independent researchers. They take everything they read or hear about with a grain of salt – distrusting everything right down to the physical world that surrounds them until they have independently assessed it from every possible angle.
At their core, this type believes that their self-worth is dependent upon their competence and capability. They are constantly moving away from feelings of helplessness and incompetence, and toward feelings of understanding and capability.
The type 5 INTJ is most similar to the INTP, who shares their desire to logically examine the world from every available angle.
Type 1 INTJs
Type 1 with a 9 wing: 66%
Type 1 with a 2 wing: 34%
Type 1 INTJs are highly motivated by their tertiary introverted feeling – using the values and morals they have internalized to help them conceptualize personal and external ideals. Their introverted intuition allows them to constantly develop a vision of how both they and the world around them could function in an optimally virtuous way. They then use their auxiliary extroverted thinking to move closer to these ideals. Fittingly, the 1 type is correlated with the auxiliary Te/tertiary Fi axis.
The type 1 INTJ tends to hold themselves and others to exceptionally high standards, as they are constantly striving toward self-improvement. They are likely to be more perfectionistic than their type 5 counterparts, as they want to see their specific ideals realized, and they rely heavily on their extroverted thinking to make those ideals a reality.
At their core, this type believes that their self-worth is dependent upon their personal integrity. They are constantly moving away from feelings of corruption and toward feelings of moral virtuousness.
The type 1 INTJ is most similar to the ISTJ, who shares their desire to uphold themselves and their communities in an honorable fashion.
For further commentary on the cognitive functions as they relate to the instinctual variants of the Enneagram, click here.