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ESFJ Enneagram Types 1-9, and ESFJ-A (Assertive) and ESFJ-T (Turbulent)

ESFJ Subtypes

The ESFJ Enneagram and its related subtypes are a combination of two separate typologies, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram of Personality. The MBTI defines sixteen different personalities based on four pairs of opposing dichotomies and categorizes them into two primary subtypes, Assertive and Turbulent. ESFJ-A (Assertive) and (ESFJ-T) are the main subtypes of the attentive, focused Provider (ESFJ) personality type. In place of formal analysis of behavioral psychology, below we examine the ESFJ personally under the Enneagram types. The Enneagram types are based on the nine different points of the Enneagram of Personality model and are separated into three centers based on shared beliefs—Heart, Body, and Head.

Combining the Provider personality and the Enneagram types results in the nine ESFJ Enneagram types listed below.

  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 1: The ESFJ Perfectionist subtype is meticulous and detail-oriented. ESFJ Perfectionists like things to be perfect and hold others to the same high standards. In communication, the Type 1 ESFJ Perfectionist can often be blunter and more aggressive than they realize.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 2: The ESFJ Giver subtype is gentle, caring, and keenly aware of emotions—both their own and those of others. The Provider with Enneagram Type 2 is a common combination due to the ESFJ’s naturally dominant function for extroverted emotion.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 3: The ESFJ Achiever is confident and always looking to move forward. The ESFJ type 3 sets goals and achieves them without fail. ESFJ Achievers are keen to impress and enjoy receiving the praise they feel their performance deserves.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 4: The ESFJ Individualist is inherently aware of their own uniqueness. In healthy Provider Type 4s, uniqueness manifests as creativity and a desire to stand out and embrace the thing that makes them different. Conversely, unhealthy Individualists are overly sensitive and profoundly lonely characters.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 5: The ESFJ Enneagram Investigator subtype is confident and intelligent in equal measure. ESFJ Investigators are curious about the world around them. ESFJ type 5s are also rational, organized, and focused on achieving their goals.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 6: The ESFJ Enneagram Loyalist subtype is empathetic and enjoys being an active and vocal member of the community. Loyalist Providers are loyal and dependable in every relationship. Type 6 ESFJs’ loyalty and commitment come from their need for support and validation of their efforts.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 7: The ESFJ Enneagram Enthusiasts are eternal optimists who want to have fun and prefer to live life in the fast lane. The ESFJ type 7 also uses humor to avoid dealing with stressful or emotionally painful situations.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 8: The ESFJ Challenger is a great leader, vocal, and always looking to do right for the group. Extroverted ESFJ Challengers stand up to those that oppose them, and when they see injustice, they retaliate swiftly and aggressively.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 9: The ESFJ Peacemaker is a calm and level-headed character. Type 9 Providers seek out harmony and hate to see anybody unhappy. Being natural mediators, the ESFJ type 8 keeps plans moving forward in a way that works for all involved.

1. ESFJ-A+ The Leader

The ESFJ-A+ Leader is an Assertive ESFJ personality subtype. The ESFJ-A+ Leader is a confident character with strong willpower who approaches everything they do with passion. Unlike some other ESFJ subtypes, the ESFJ Leader is not motivated by money. Instead, Leader ESFJs do things because they are passionate and believe in whatever end goal they are working towards.

ESFJ-A+ Leaders’ greatest strength is that they’re open and honest characters. Providers with the Leader subtype work hard, and if they fail or make a mistake, they stand tall, own up, and use it as a tool for learning. The ESFJ Leader believes that everything provides an opportunity to learn, and they are committed to discovering as much as possible.

The confidence of the ESFJ-A+ carries over to their external persona as well. Leader ESFJs will dress well and carry themselves with an undeniable air of confidence. The ESFJ Leader knows what they want and won’t wait for others to make the first move, be it in business or their personal life. For example, Leader ESFJs will initiate a conversation with a romantic partner and are self-assured enough to be unphased by the possibility of rejection.

2. ESFJ-T- The Follower

The ESFJ-T- Follower is a Turbulent ESFJ subtype. The Follower is a nervous character who often feels unsure of themselves and their status within the group because their dominant Extroverted Feeling (Fe) cognitive function causes them to crave external validation. As such, Follower ESFJs will freely alter their ideals to fit the group’s will.

Despite the Provider having a dominant extroversion function, the turbulent ESFJ Follower lacks the confidence to stand at the head of the table. Unlike the ESFJ-A+ Leader, the Follower subtype’s confidence is easily knocked and they will berate themselves for their failure if things go wrong, which is a major failing of the subtype.

The ESFJ Follower’s lack of confidence is evident in their general demeanor, which is more withdrawn and blends in with the crowd. Follower ESFJs are less likely to speak up in a meeting or ask their crush out on a date. The chance of failure is too great for Providers with the Follower subtypes so they would rather avoid it.

3. ESFJ-A- The Fighter

The ESFJ-A- Fighter is the second Assertive ESFJ subtype. The Fighter is the rebellious ESFJ because they are lone wolves who are more than happy to go against the grain of public opinion. Fighter ESFJs’ greatest strength is that they have their own goals in life and know exactly what they want to achieve. A major weakness of the subtype is the latent anger inside the ESFJ-A- Fighter as they do not always feel accepted by their community.

While assertive, Providers with the Fighter subtype can often be hard on themselves and so to stand out, ESFJ-A- Fighters will set largely unattainable goals. Unfortunately, this results in the ESFJ Fighter losing their morale and becoming hyper-focused on what they have not achieved rather than what they have.

ESFJ-A- Fighters are independent and unlikely to get involved in office politics and make a move to ask a romantic interest out for a drink. Due to their dominant Extroverted Feeling function, ESFJ Fighters want to be loved and accepted, but the fear of rejection holds them back.

4. ESFJ-T+ The Pleaser

The ESFJ-T+ Pleaser is the second Turbulent ESFJ subtype. Turbulent Pleasers are more docile than Providers with the Fighter and Leader subtypes. To the external eye, an ESFJ Pleaser is always happy and has a zest for life, which is a key strength. However, beneath their strength lies an anxious character who is highly sensitive to criticism as they strive to ensure everybody is happy.

Healthy ESFJ-T+ Pleasers are easy to get along with because they’re happy to adjust and fill any role needed within the group. That said, ESFJ Pleasers are not as forward or outspoken as their assertive counterparts and, as such, are more likely to play a background role.

When it comes to dating and family life, the ESFJ-T+ Pleaser is a dedicated and loving partner. As a Turbulent subtype, ESFJ Pleasers are unlikely to initiate contact because of the fear of rejection. Nevertheless, ESFJ-T+ Pleasers will stop at nothing to ensure their partner is happy and their relationship blossoms.

What are the ESFJ Enneagram Types?

The ESFJ Enneagram types relate to the nine different Enneagram types if we overlay and analyze the results of an ESFJ MBTI test. There is no direct correlation between the MBTI and Enneagram personality types as they are competing typologies. However, their opposing ideas on personality development allow for overlap and detailed character descriptions.

Listed below are the nine enneagram points.

  • ESFJ Enneagram type 1 (Perfectionist)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 2 (Helper)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 3 (Achiever)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 4 (Individualist)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 5 (Investigator)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 6 (Loyalist)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 7 (Enthusiast)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 8 (Challenger)
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 9 (Peacemaker)

1. ESFJ Enneagram type 1

The ESFJ Enneagram type 1 is known as the Perfectionist under the Enneagram’s typology. Type 1 Providers are a Body personality type, which means they trust their intuition to guide them. ESFJ Perfectionists want everything to be precise and tend to hold others accountable to their high standards for behavior and morality.

There are three primary strengths of the ESFJ Enneagram type 1. Firstly, the ESFJ Perfectionist is ethical. Type 1 Providers have a strong moral compass and hold themselves accountable to it. Secondly, Providers with the Perfectionist subtype are dependable. If the ESFJ type 1 says they will do something, they will follow through—accepting nothing but maximum effort. And finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 1 subtype is organized because they’re is a logical character who is structured in all walks of life.

Three key weaknesses help define the ESFJ Enneagram type 1 subtype. Firstly, the Perfectionist ESFJ subtype is highly critical because they hold themselves to a high standard and expect the same from others. Secondly, the ESFJ Enneagram type 1 is direct. Type 1 ESFJs prioritize logic and, when speaking their mind, do so with a black-and-white directness that others find difficult to process. And finally, the ESFJ Perfectionist subtype strives for perfection in everything. While this is not always a negative character trait, the need for perfectionism becomes all-consuming among the unhealthy Enneagram type 1 ESFJs.

2. ESFJ Enneagram type 2

The ESFJ Enneagram type 2 is called the Giver or the Helper. The type 2 ESFJ is the first of three Heart personalities and thus displays higher emotional intelligence than many other ESFJ Enneagram subtypes. The ESFJ Giver is an extraordinarily sociable and affable character. The ESFJ Type 2 is also the most common ESFJ Enneagram subtype as it aligns most closely with the overarching Provider personality traits.

Three primary strengths help identify an ESFJ type 2 personality. Firstly, the ESFJ Helper subtype is sociable, typifying the Provider’s outgoing and extroverted personality type. Secondly, the ESFJ Giver subtype is caring. The Giver subtype loves to help and finds fulfillment in knowing others are happy. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 2 is empathetic. Providers with the Giver subtype are in touch with their emotions and those of others. This emotional intelligence helps Type 2 Providers be of service to those around them.

Equally, three common weaknesses identify the ESFJ Helper subtype. Firstly, the Giver ESFJ subtype is unnecessarily selfless. Providers with the Helper Enneagram subtype focus so much on meeting the needs of others that they forget to look after themselves. Secondly, the Helper ESFJ subtype can sometimes be bossy. The innate need to be helpful and do good deeds for others can sometimes make the ESFJ bossy, as they believe they know better than those they are helping. Finally, Providers with Enneagram type 2 need external validation for their efforts. Helper ESFJs need to be told they have been helpful and made to feel appreciated. Otherwise, they become anxious and can slip into unhealthy traits.

3. ESFJ Enneagram type 3

The ESFJ Enneagram type 3 is known as the Achiever personality. The ESFJ Achiever subtype is a Heart personality type. The go-getter of the ESFJ Enneagram subtypes, once a Type 3 Provider sets their sights on a target, nothing will stop them from reaching it.

Three primary strengths define the ESFJ Enneagram type 3. Firstly, Type 3 Providers are driven. The ESFJ Achiever subtype is always looking to push forward, no matter how challenging the climb may be. Secondly, ESFJ Enneagram type 3s are problem solvers. To meet their lofty goals, the Achiever subtype is adept at finding a way to solve the problems that life throws their way. Finally, the Type 3 ESFJ subtype is organized. To meet their goals, the ESFJ Achiever subtype must approach things in an orderly fashion, with everything structured in a way to propel them towards their goal.

Conversely, three core weaknesses set Type 3 ESFJs apart from the other Enneagram Provider types. Firstly, ESFJ Achiever subtypes are sore losers. Achieving their goals means being the best so if somebody trumps a Type 3 Provider, they struggle to concede. Secondly, the Achiever ESFJ subtype is afraid of rejection. The Achiever subtype places their self-worth in the measure of their accomplishments because they fear failure and believe people will reject them as a result. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 3 subtype can be tunnel-visioned. In their attempts to hit their goals, the Achiever subtype can lose track of everything else going on around them. Type 3 Providers may lose friendships and relationships as a result of their single-mindedness.

4. ESFJ Enneagram type 4

The ESFJ Enneagram type 4 is known as the Individualist. Type 4 Providers are the final Heart personality type, which means they are in tune with themselves and the emotional needs of others. Creative and bold, a healthy Individualist subtype is unapologetically themselves.

Three primary strengths allow easy identification of the Individualist ESFJ subtype. Firstly, the ESFJ Type 4 is naturally creative. The Individualist Provider is aware of everything that makes them unique, and if healthy, they embrace their creativity and allow it to shine. Secondly, the ESFJ Individualist subtype is empathetic. Type 4 Providers have a high degree of emotional intelligence and, as such, feel emotionally connected to those around them. Finally, the ESFJ type 4 subtype is social. With a natural preference for extroversion, the ESFJ type 4 is a social creature who is unafraid to spend time with others while still standing out from the crowd.

Three driving weaknesses similarly identify the ESFJ Enneagram type 4. Firstly, the Type 4 ESFJ can be lonely. If unhealthy, the Individualist is overwhelmed by the power of their character and retreats into themselves, choosing to hide rather than stand out. Secondly, Providers with the Individualist subtype have a jealous streak. Seeing others together can make the Type 4 ESFJ jealous because they believe they are unwanted due to some flaw in their character. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 4 is often moody. As they grow more self-conscious, the unhealthy ESFJ Individualist subtype grows moody and can lash out at those who try connecting with them.

5. ESFJ Enneagram type 5

The ESFJ Enneagram type 5 is referred to as the Investigator, or sometimes, the Scientist. The Investigator subtype is the first Head personality type, which means Providers with this subtype prioritize logic and rational thought over emotional responses. The ESFJ type 5 is highly practical and enjoys dealing with facts rather than abstract ideas.

Three primary strengths pertain to the Type 5 ESFJ. Firstly, the ESFJ Scientist subtype is logical. Type 5 Providers deal with cold hard facts and apply logical reasoning in all situations, regardless of the emotions around them. Secondly, ESFJ Investigators are friendly. Despite being rational individuals, their dominant extroverted tendencies keep the ESFJ Scientist friendly and keen to be around others. Finally, the Enneagram type 5 ESFJ is intelligent. With a curious mind and thirst for learning, the ESFJ Investigator is an intellectual personality type.

Three primary weaknesses further define the ESFJ type 5 Investigator. Firstly, unhealthy Type 5 Providers can be cold. Displaying a penchant for facts over emotion, a poorly adjusted ESFJ Scientist can come across as insensitive or emotionless. Secondly, the ESFJ Scientist subtype can be secretive. With knowledge comes power, and unhealthy ESFJ Investigator subtypes see knowledge as something to be kept to themselves. As a result, Type 5 Providers can become highly secretive and push away those closest to them. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 5 subtype can be reclusive. An unhealthy ESFJ Enneagram type 5 is detached from their emotions and pushes away those that try to get close to them—resulting in a growing loneliness that they do little to halt.

6. ESFJ Enneagram type 6

The ESFJ Enneagram type 6 goes by the moniker of the Loyalist. The Type 6 Loyalist subtype is the second Head personality type and prioritizes rationality over emotional responses. That said, Providers with the Loyalist subtype retain their core traits by being caring, hardworking, and always willing to go the extra mile to be of use.

Three driving strengths identify the ESFJ Loyalist subtype. Firstly, the Loyalist ESFJ subtype is dedicated. The Type 6 ESFJ will never give up because they strive to be a pillar of the community and a staunch supporter of their friends and family. Secondly, the ESFJ Loyalist is empathetic. Playing a vital role in their community is essential to Providers with the Loyalist Enneagram personality. To do that, Type 6 Providers build deep emotional connections with those around them. Finally, the ESFJ Loyalist subtype is trustworthy. You can count on the ESFJ Loyalist subtype to always come through in a pinch because they strive to be a valuable member of the community, and as such, their word is their bond.

Similarly, three driving weaknesses help identify the ESFJ Loyalist subtype. Firstly, the ESFJ Enneagram type 6 personality can be anxious because they tend to feel like they’re not enough, especially if they lack support from others. Secondly, the Loyalist subtype needs external validation. Low self-esteem is common in the Loyalist ESFJ subtype, and as such, they need external support and admiration. Finally, the ESFJ Loyalist subtype can be pessimistic. Unhealthy Type 6 Providers tend to prepare for disaster to ensure they remain useful. However, this can manifest as pessimism and Type 6 ESFJs fixating on the negative possibilities.

7. ESFJ Enneagram type 7

The ESFJ Enneagram type 7 is called the Enthusiast. Type 7 ESFJs are the final Head personality type; they exhibit an adventurous character. Providers with the Enthusiast subtype also enjoy trying new things and appreciate the simple things in life.

Three primary strengths help in identifying the ESFJ Enneagram type 7. Firstly, Providers with the Type 7 Enneagram are adventurous. A Provider with the Enthusiast subtype has a zest for life that can be infectious. Secondly, the ESFJ Enthusiast subtype is outspoken. Type 7 ESFJs are not afraid to make some noise and speak their mind due to a combination of the Provider’s innate extroversion and the Enneagram subtype’s enthusiastic spirit. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 7 is optimistic. Providers with an Enneagram Type 7 exude positivity and go out of their way to enjoy every moment.

Additionally, three core weaknesses help identify the ESFJ Enthusiast subtype. Firstly, Type 7 Providers hide behind humor because they don’t deal with stressful situations well and use their sense of humor as a defense mechanism. Secondly, Providers with the Enthusiast subtype tend to overextend themselves. Life in the fast lane can be tiring, but the ESFJ Enthusiast subtype refuses to acknowledge if they need a break and subsequently push themselves unnecessarily. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 7 struggles to settle down because they’re consumed with a wanderer’s spirit and endless fascination with the world.

8. ESFJ Enneagram type 8

The ESFJ Enneagram type 8 is known as the Challenger. Challenger subtypes are Body-type personalities who trust their gut instinct and act quickly and decisively when called upon. As a result, ESFJ type 8 is a natural-born leader.

Three defining characteristics belong to the ESFJ Enneagram type 8. Firstly, the ESFJ Challenger is confident. Healthy Type 8 ESFJs are never afraid to get involved or to help do their part for their community. Secondly, the Challenger ESFJ subtype is pragmatic. Flights of fancy or moments of spontaneity are not typically part of the ESFJ Challenger’s mindset. Instead, Type 8 Providers tend to be more serious and methodical than other ESFJ Enneagram types. Finally, the ESFJ Enneagram type 8 is a supportive character. Being natural leaders, Type 8 Providers lead by nurturing those around them and helping everybody improve.

Tree character-defining weaknesses additionally define the ESFJ Challenger. Firstly, the ESFJ Enneagram type 8 can be short-sighted. The Challenger subtype is all about action and taking charge, but sometimes, Type 8 ESFJs do not consider the long-term implications of their actions because they’re preoccupied with short-term gains. Secondly, an unhealthy ESFJ type 8 can be aggressive. Standing up for justice and what is right comes naturally to Providers, but this can escalate to a confrontational attitude among those with a Challenger subtype. Finally, an unhealthy ESFJ Challenger can act controlling due to their naturally dominant personality and innate desire to provide for others.

9. ESFJ Enneagram type 9

The ESFJ Enneagram type 9 is known as the Peacemaker under the Enneagram’s typology. Type 9 ESFJs are a Body personality type who exhibit a gentle persona because they strive to maintain the status quo.

Three dominant strengths explicitly define those with an ESFJ Type 9 personality. Firstly, the ESFJ Peacemaker subtype is a good mediator. Keeping the peace means being able to listen to both sides and help bridge the gap between the two which comes naturally to Providers with the Peacemaker subtype. Secondly, Type 8 ESFJS are great communicators because they appreciate the nuances of conversation and how to use words to defuse an escalating situation. Finally, the ESFJ Peacemaker subtype is more reserved than other ESFJ Enneagram types. Type 9 ESFJs understand that acting rashly doesn’t resolve anything, and as such, they are remarkably reserved characters who appear relaxed and easygoing. However, their reservation does not discount the Type 9 ESFJ’s enjoyment of people, as they remain naturally extroverted.

Three main weaknesses further define the ESFJ Peacemaker personality. Firstly, the ESFJ type 9 is indecisive. The ESFJ Peacemaker thrives if it comes to defusing tensions but may crumble under pressure if they have to make major decisions for themselves. Secondly, the ESFJ Enneagram type 9 can bottle up their emotions. Helping others resolve their differences and maintaining the status quo is hard work, causing Type 9 Providers to bottle up their own emotions. Finally, the Peacemaker subtype can be angry. When their emotions get the better of them, the type 9 ESFJ can explode and become uncharacteristically aggressive.

What is the ESFJ-A (Assertive)?

The ESFJ-A (Assertive) is one of the two top-level subtypes of the Provider personality under the MBTI’s typology. The ESTJ-A is the more explosive and impulsive branch of the ESFJ personality. Assertive Providers are more likely to act without thinking and come to regret the result. Despite their flaws, the Assertive ESFJ is more optimistic than its counterpart, the Turbulent ESFJ.

Assertive ESFJ types are driven by failure and find motivation in their mistakes and regrets. While empathy is part of the ESFJ nature, the Assertive branch is keen to quickly push through negative emotions or setbacks. ESFJ-As rather process their feelings and move on rather than dwelling on the endless list of what-ifs. The efficiency of the ESFJ-As’ emotional recovery is evident in other avenues of their life. Socially, ESFJ-As are practical, focused, and have incredible self-discipline.

The Assertive ESFJ is likely to carry themselves confidently and have a large social circle. ESFJ-As will often be at the forefront of social activities, and if somebody takes their eye, the ESFJ-A is confident enough to make the first move. The ESFJ-A is also more open to frivolous spending, once again living their life with an attitude of no regrets. Overall, Assertive ESFJs have a fun and outgoing approach to life and quickly form solid connections with people.

What are the key characteristics of ESFJ-A?

Below are the five key characteristics of the ESFJ-A personality type.

  • Orderliness
  • Sociability
  • Drive
  • Self-discipline
  • Optimism

The MBTI defines the ESFJ as having dominant psychological functions for Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. These dominant traits do not change with the ESFJ-A subtype. Instead, the characteristics listed above can be observed within the overarching dominant functions.

Our observation has also allowed us to identify the most prominent ESFJ-A characteristics of optimism and drive. The Assertive ESFJ’s optimism because it enables them to act swiftly and confidently. ESFJ-As never regret their actions, even when the results leave much to be desired. Likewise, the Assertive Provider’s innate drive stands out because their self-belief helps keep them motivated even in the face of failure.

What is the ESFJ-T (Turbulent)?

The ESFJ-T (Turbulent) is the other top-level subtype of the Provider personality as defined by the MBTI. Turbulent Providers are more in tune with their emotions and thus more likely to hold onto their feelings than their counterpart, ESFJ-A. Furthermore, unlike the Assertive ESFJ, Turbulent ESFJs are more likely to regret their decisions and lose time mulling over what they should have done differently.

The ESFJ-T subtype commonly features a low self-image and a deep need to be with people. Despite being just as disciplined and organized as the ESFJ-A, the Turbulent Provider subtype does not have a positive self-image. Furthermore, the ESFJ-T desires interpersonal connections that flirt with neediness rather than independence. As a result, ESFJ-Ts may hang onto relationships that have run their course.

While the ESFJ-T needs companionship, they are less likely to initiate contact, as they often carry wounds from previous relationships over from one to the next. If hurt, the ESFJ-T is the least likely of the top-level ESFJ subtypes to offer forgiveness. It takes a lot for someone to push the Turbulent Provider subtype to the point of no forgiveness, however. The ESFJ-T is generally outgoing and friendly, building deeper connections with people on emotional levels. Being more emotional and thoughtful, the ESFJ-T is more careful with its finances than Assertive ESFJs and less prone to bouts of frivolous spending. As a result, Turbulent Providers have fewer regrets in the long run because they carefully consider outcomes.

What are the key characteristics of ESFJ-T?

Below are the five key characteristics of the ESFJ-T.

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Neediness
  • Adaptability
  • Loyalty
  • Organization

The two most prominent traits from the list above are the ESTJ-T’s emotional intelligence and adaptability. The ESFJ-T’s emotional intelligence is prominent because ESFJ-Ts form deep connections with people and take much longer to process emotional setbacks. Turbulent Providers are also the more adaptable ESFJ subtype because they place greater value on their importance within their social group. ESFJ-Ts change their behavioral patterns based on who they are with and what is required at the moment.

Our analysis of the ESFJ Enneagram types shows that Providers retain their key, MBTI-defined Turbulent or Assertive characteristics under the nine points of the Enneagram. In addition to our analysis, Three Keys to Self-Understanding by Pat Wyman and The Three Dots by Ian Cogdell demonstrate overlapping uses of the Enneagram and MBTI in more detail.

How are ESFJ Enneagram types analyzed with ESFJ Enneagrams?

The ESFJ Enneagram types are analyzed with ESFJ Enneagrams by overlaying the results of both the MBTI and Enneagram tests.

The Enneagram is a personality typology that classifies nine personality types into three personality centers—Heart, Head, and Body. By understanding the overarching MBTI personality definition, the Assertive and Turbulent subtypes, and the Enneagram personality centers, it is possible to infer the likeliest ESFJ Enneagram types. Our analysis and data from the Typology Center suggest the most common Enneagram types for the ESFJ personality are the ESFJ Type 2 and the ESFJ type 3. Enneagram Type 2 and Type 3 are Heart Enneagram types, which align with the ESFJ’s dominant cognitive function for Extroverted Feeling (Fe).

How does MBTI interpret ESFJ Enneagram types with the help of Enneagram?

The MBTI interprets the ESFJ Enneagram types with the help of the Enneagram by aligning the common Provider traits and characteristics with the different Enneagram types. There are nine different Enneagram types. Therefore, there are nine additional Provider subtypes beyond the top-level Assertive and Turbulent subtypes, which belong to the MBTI’s system. The MBTI’s personality typology describes sixteen different personalities, each comprising four dominant functions taken from pairs of eight opposing dichotomies. Due to these dominant functions, our analysis suggests the ESFJ personality, as well as its Assertive and Turbulent subtypes, correspond more closely to certain Enneagram types over others.

Other experts have also analyzed the complementary uses of the MBTI and Enneagram systems. For example, using the MBTI and Enneagram types to define an individual’s personality is discussed in Eugene Kaluzniacky’s book Managing Psychological Factors in Information Systems Work and the research of L. Alboaie and Mircea Vaida in their paper Alternative methodologies for automated grouping in education and research.

Comparison of ESFJ-T and ESFJ-A

The table below is a comparison of the ESFJ-T and ESFJ-A subtypes.

Stress Management Quickly processes painful emotions or stresses and looks to move on. Holds onto emotional stress, taking time to process it.
Business Life Confident, organized, and more inclined to take charge. Hardworking and affable, but lacks the self-belief to be a truly effective leader.
Social Life Has a large social circle and enjoys being with their friends. However, is less insecure when spending time alone. Enjoys being with people and has a broad social circle. Struggles more to be alone.
Relationships Will make the first move and is not afraid to walk away when things fail. Needs to be with people and will cling to relationships even when they have ended.
Behaviors Social and outgoing. ESFJ-As are optimists who never regret their actions. Social and affable but more cautious. More likely to consider the ramifications of their action.
Strengths Self-disciplined and optimistic. Friendly, loving, and empathetic.
Weaknesses Can be reckless and may be too bold for some. Lacking self-confidence and can be smothering.

The primary difference between the ESFJ-A and ESFJ-T subtypes lies in how they deal with emotionally stressful situations. The ESFJ-A is bolder and more likely to quickly process and move on from stressful events, leaving them in the past as ESFJ-As stride forward. That said, Assertive Providers’ stress management skills can sometimes come across as them being unwilling to accept or truly process what has happened. Conversely, the ESFJ-T is more likely to hold onto negative and stressful emotions. The Turbulent ESFJ will rehash and relive events repeatedly as they try to make sense of what happened.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for relationships?

The ESFJ Enneagram that’s better for relationships is ESFJ Enneagram type 2 because the Helper subtype is emotional and attuned to the needs of others. Another emotionally savvy subtype is the ESFJ Enneagram type 4. However, Type 4 Providers are an uncommon personality type combination, whereas Type 2 ESTJs are the most common.

The naturally social nature of Providers generally makes them great friends and adept at managing relationships. From romance to platonic friendships, the ESFJ Helper is particularly gentle, caring, and always looking to ensure people are happy. However, Type 2 ESFJs can be too self-sacrificing in their relationships—turning into their own worst enemy as a result.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for family life?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that’s better for family life is the ESFJ Enneagram type 6. People with the ESFJ Loyalist personality derive their value in what they bring to their community. A family unit is a small community, and as such, there is nothing that a Type 6 ESFJ wouldn’t do for their family’s good. Additionally, Type 6 ESFJs fear being unloved and losing emotional support. The Type 6’s base fear drives ESFJs to make the most out of their relationships, including those they share with their family.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for sensitive people?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that’s better for sensitive people is the ESFJ Enneagram Type 9. While Peacemaker is a scarce ESFJ Enneagram personality type combination, Type 9 Providers’ mellow nature is excellent for those with a sensitive disposition. In addition, Type 9 ESFJs are great communicators and natural mediators who thrive in a harmonious environment. Type 9 ESFJs are aware of the nuance of conversation and do their best to keep the peace and defuse any situations, which would include delicately handling sensitive people so as not to risk causing any upset.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is more confident?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that is the most confident would be the ESFJ Type 1 Perfectionist. The Type 1 Provider’s natural confidence derives from their innate desire to get everything right. Furthermore, as vocal champions for the people around them and campaigners against injustice, Type 1 ESFJs need to be confident in order to have the courage to stand for their convictions.

The ESFJ Type 8 Challenger is a similarly confident personality subtype because Type 8s trust their instincts and are never afraid to involve themselves with an issue or task. However, there are very few identified ESFJ Type 8 personalities, whereas Type 1 Providers are more common.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for a career?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that is better for a career is the ESFJ Type 6 because they’re dedicated characters who work well within a team. Employers can count on the Loyalist ESFJ to finish a task in time due to their trustworthy nature. Additionally, the Type 6’s fear of being disregarded by their peers motivates ESFJ Loyalists to work hard. Type 6 Providers may lack the natural leadership abilities to climb to the top echelons of business, but they will always have successful careers.

The ESFJ Enneagram type 8 is also naturally suited to a lofty career, as their natural need to be in control makes them adept leaders. However, the Type 8 ESFJ is a scarce personality type combination, and as such, their exposure in the workplace is limited.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for teamwork?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that’s better for teamwork is the ESFJ Type 6 Loyalist. Providers with the Loyalist subtype desire to be part of the community, so their team role and usefulness determine their self-worth. If placed into a team situation, the ESFJ Enneagram type 6 will thrive because they’ll gain a small and dedicated community within which they can become a pivotal component.

The ESFJ Type 2 Giver is also a helpful team player. However, the Helper’s natural inclination to sacrifice can flirt with subservience, weakening the team, as everybody needs to pull in the same direction.

Which ESFJ Enneagram type is better for artists?

The ESFJ Enneagram type that’s better for artists may be the ESFJ Enneagram type 1. The ESFJ personality is largely rational and practical due to its Sensing (S) and Judging (J) functions. Therefore, ESFJs are not typically geared toward artistic expression. Nevertheless, Type 1 Providers display the perseverance to make good art but may be waylaid by their innate perfectionism.

How do the ESFJ Enneagram types handle stress?

Each of the ESFJ Enneagram types handles stress differently. The list below breaks down the stress reactions for each of the nine ESFJ Enneagram types.

  • ESFJ Enneagram type 1: ESFJ type 1s respond to stress healthily by engaging in an activity that gets their mind away from the problem. Type 1 Providers typically engage in physical activities such as walking, running, or playing a sport. Being a perfectionist is hard work, but one way the ESFJ Type 1 could reduce their stress exposure is to their workload.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 2: ESFJ type 2s handle stress by procrastinating. Type 2 Providers also sometimes cope with stress positively by discussing their problems with their friends. Due to the helpful nature of Type 2 ESFJs, one of the best ways for them to mitigate stress is to take a step away and do something for themselves rather than for others.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 3: ESFJ type 3s handle stress by taking a proactive step and becoming more active. Type 3s will regularly gain motivation and inspiration while stressed as tackling situations head-on helps soothe them. The best way for Achiever ESFJ subtypes to reduce stress levels is to learn that it’s okay to say no, especially if they need to.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 4: ESFJ type 4s are a rare ESFJ Enneagram type and one of the most emotional. To cope with stressful emotions, Type 4 Providers withdraw from the world and allow themselves time to process what has happened fully. A primary way the ESFJ Individualist can reduce their stress exposure is to stop looking at the big picture and focus on smaller, more manageable goals.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 5: ESFJ type 5s respond to stress by focusing on hobby projects or by sleeping. Retreating into their personal space helps the ESFJ Investigator process what has happened. Type 5 Providers also use the time away to focus on working through the problems causing them such stress. One great way for Type 5 ESFJs can manage stress is by focusing on themselves and prioritizing self-care.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 6: ESFJ type 6s respond to stress by isolating themselves, diverging from their normally extroverted ways. The ESFJ Loyalist cuts down on social distractions and focuses on working through the problem, listening to music, or sleeping. One surefire way for the ESFJ Loyalists to reduce their stress exposure is to open up and talk to a friend. By giving voice to their stresses, the Loyalist ESFJ subtype can realize they don’t have to do everything alone, and a bit of external input can go a long way.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 7: ESFJ type 7s handle stress by avoiding the problem. The ESFJ Enthusiast subtype uses hobbies and social interactions as an excuse to not deal with emotional stress. An excellent way for the ESFJ Enthusiast to decrease their stress levels is to avoid mental stimulation as a distraction tool and try something physical. Physical activities like walking or sports free the subconscious. That way, Type 7 Providers can process their emotions and address stressors healthily.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 8: ESFJ type 8s proactively handles stress. The ESFJ Challenger subtype is the least emotional of all the ESFJ Enneagram types and, as such, tends to view stress as motivational fuel. To better manage their stress responses, the ESFJ type 8 must learn to take a step back and say that they are not okay. ESFJ Challengers often believe they need to be impervious, but sometimes, it’s okay not to be okay and take a break.
  • ESFJ Enneagram type 9: ESFJ type 9s handle stress by retreating. The overwhelming surge of emotions can drive the ESFJ Peacemaker subtype into retreat. Tears flow freely if the ESFJ type 9 is stressed, but they also have the wherewithal to lean on and confide in their friends and family. The best way for Type 9 Providers to minimize their stress levels is to focus on small sustainable goals and ensure they take time to focus on themselves.

How are ESFJ Enneagram types classified?

The nine ESFJ Enneagram types are classified according to the three centers of the Enneagram. Each of the nine Enneagram types is connected to two other types via growth and stress lines, which account for positive and negative development throughout life.

ESFJ Enneagram types 2, 3, and 4 are classified as Heart personalities, which means they are in tune with their emotions and have higher levels of empathy. The ESFJ Enneagram types 5, 6, and 7 are classified as Body personalities and have strong intuition. As a result, these ESFJ Enneagram types trust their gut and are known for their rationality. The ESFJ Enneagram types 8, 9, and 1 are classified as Head personality types, being largely regarded as highly logical characters. These ESFJ subtypes are the least in tune with their emotions and may appear cold or aloof, especially while dealing with emotionally stressful situations.

The Enneagram’s classification is based on the research conducted by George Gurdjieff in 1915. Later, in the 1960s, the classification of the nine personality types was made by Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo and expanded into the modern model by Claudio Naranjo.

How are ESFJ Enneagram types found?

The ESFJ Enneagram types were found by overlapping the contrasting personality typologies of the MBTI and the Enneagram. The MBTI was created by Katharine Myers and Isabel Briggs, a mother-and-daughter team built upon the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Meanwhile, the Enneagram is credited to Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo, who linked the nine personalities to the Enneagram structure during the 1960s.

The initial MBTI questionnaire helped identify a soldier’s reactions to stress. Conversely, the Enneagram was used to create an understandable model of the human psyche. The core difference between the two typologies was that the Enneagram was created for self-discovery and understanding, whereas the MBTI initially measured stress.

Do ESFJ Enneagram types change according to gender?

The ESFJ Enneagram types do not change according to gender. The base definition of the different ESFJ Enneagram types remains the same for male and female ESFJs. Some subtypes may have more masculine or feminine traits, but that does not mean the subtype itself changes based on an individual’s gender.

Can someone change their character from an ESFJ subtype to another?

It may be possible for someone to change their character from one ESFJ subtype to another. A study by Nathan W. Hudson and R. Chris Farley suggests that a person could, under the correct conditions, make volitional changes to their personality. Additionally, the Enneagram model allows for personality growth as an individual is exposed to life traumas. Personality development under the Enneagram occurs through growth and stress lines, for which every Enneagram type has one of each in addition to two wings, which are neighboring Enneagram types. Wings, growth lines, and stress lines account for personality development and the emergence of traits linked to other types. However, the Enneagram’s typology suggests personality development does not change the overarching ESFJ Enneagram type.

Can someone be from multiple ESFJ Enneagram types?

No, someone cannot be from multiple ESFJ Enneagram types. However, the Enneagram’s philosophy allows for the evolution of a person’s character. Additional traits can appear, making it seem like an individual has multiple dominant Enneagram types due to the Enneagram’s growth and stress lines. Each Enneagram type has one growth and one stress line, each connecting to a different Enneagram type. Depending on whether the character development is healthy or unhealthy, traits of either the associated growth or stress type will appear.

Similarly, the Enneagram allows for wing associations. An Enneagram type may pick up traits associated with its wing type. Therefore, it may appear as if an individual has multiple dominant Enneagram types, but it is not possible under the Enneagram’s typology.

Who are the famous people from ESFJ Enneagram types?

Below are two famous people from each of the nine ESFJ subtypes.

  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 1: Two famous people with the ESFJ Perfectionist subtype are Skyler White from Breaking Bad and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. These Provider Perfectionists strive to do the right thing and enjoy being precise. Both also have a stubborn and moody side that comes out when stressed.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 2: Ariana Grande and Millie Bobby Brown are two celebrities with the ESFJ Helper subtype. Both female Helpers are examples of social ESFJ type 2s. They are hardworking and care about their appearance in the eyes of others. They are also gentle and caring souls who build emotional connections with their fans.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 3: Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney are two famous people with the ESFJ Achiever subtype. Both are outgoing characters who share a dislike of being controlled. Swift and McCartney are natural performers who enjoy being in the spotlight and constantly strive to achieve their goals.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 4: Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen are two famous people with the ESFJ Individualist subtype. Lopez and Teigen are bold, creative, and unapologetically themselves. Both tend to overreact like other ESFJF Individualists, having gained the Diva moniker during their respective careers.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 5: Two celebrities with the ESFJ Scientist subtype are Dan Espinoza from Lucifer and Ruby Hill from Good Girls. Both characters are confident and self-assured. They also occasionally have a cold sense of rationality, which means they follow logic rather than emotion.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 6: Two famous people with the ESFJ Loyalist subtype are Woody from Toy Story and American actor Chris Evans. Both are trustworthy and loyal companions, always looking out for those around them. They enjoy the support of those around them but are equally proficient at going it alone.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 7: Tv show host Jimmy Fallon and Gomez Addams from the Addams Family are two famous people with the ESFJ Enthusiast subtype. Fallon and Adams are both energetic characters with an unwavering zest for life. They are also highly expressive people who display a strong sense of optimism.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 8: Two famous figures with the ESFJ Challenger subtype are Hiromi Higa from Sk8 the Infinity and Dom Toretto from the Fast & Furious franchise. Both characters are examples of unhealthy ESFJ Enneagram type 8s as they crave power and control, and lash out if challenged.
  • ESFJ Enneagram Type 9: Two famous figures with the ESFJ Peacemaker subtype are Ned Flanders from The Simpsons and American actress Grace Kelly. Flanders and Kelly are similar because they’re ardent peacekeepers who want harmony in all areas of their life. Extroversion dominant type 9s like Kelly or Flanders are lively and chatty characters, if profoundly indecisive.

How to understand which ESFJ Enneagram type you are?

To understand which ESFJ Enneagram type you are, follow the three steps below.

  1. Take the MBTI test: Taking the MBTI test will confirm you indeed have a Provider personality type. The MBTI test will also identify whether you are an ESFJ-A or ESFJ-T subtype.
  2. Take the Enneagram test: Taking the Enneagram of Personality test will identify your current Enneagram type, including the associated wings, growth, and stress lines.
  3. Overlay the results: By overlaying the MBTI and Enneagram test results, it is possible to better understand your exact ESFJ Enneagram type.

ESFJ Enneagram type Quiz Example

There is no known ESFJ Enneagram type quiz example. The concept of the ESFJ Enneagram is the result of an amalgamation of two opposing personality typologies. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test will identify an individual as being an ESFJ. Meanwhile, the Enneagram test will determine an individual’s dominant type. The results of the two tests can be overlaid to give an in-depth analysis of an individual’s character, but the tests remain competitors.

How can ESFJ Enneagram types develop themselves?

The ESFJ Enneagram types can develop themselves by focusing on being healthy examples of their personality type. Each ESFJ Enneagram type has three variants: healthy, normal, and unhealthy. By focusing on becoming well-rounded individuals, Providers can ensure they develop the best they can. Additionally, each ESFJ Enneagram type has a growth line. This line is a connection to another Enneagram type. By focusing on positive growth, the ESFJ Enneagram subtypes can take on the positive traits of their connected growth types.

The Enneagram allows for personality development over time due to exposure to life trauma. This allows for the natural development of the ESFJ Enneagram types.

What are the other personality Enneagram types close to ESFJ Enneagram types?

It is unknown which other personality Enneagram types are close to ESFJ Enneagram types. There is no official guide for relationships across MBTI Enneagram personality combinations because the concept of an ESFJ Enneagram uses two competing typologies and is a more recent construct. That said, according to the MBTI, the ISFJ is considered a kindred personality to the ESFJ. The shared traits and the opposing preferences for introversion and extroversion make these two a great match. Therefore, we can infer that the ISFJ Enneagram types will match well with their opposing ESFJ Enneagram types.