The ESTP Enneagram Types and the main ESTP subtypes (ESTP Assertive and Turbulent) describe variants of the ESTP “Doer” personality type. In order to understand the ESTP Enneagram types and main subtypes, first consider that The Doer is one of the sixteen Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personalities. According to the MBTI, Doers are passionate, action-oriented people who are driven by their impulses. Doers exhibit a combination of four psychological traits—Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), and Perception (P)— and four cognitive functions—Extraverted Sensing (Se), Introverted Thinking (Ti), Extraverted Feeling (Fe), and Introverted iNtuition (Ni).View in gallery
The ESTP’s main subtypes refer to the MBTI’s Assertive and Turbulent categories. Assertive ESTPs (ESTP-As) generally demonstrate tenacity and confidence, while Turbulent ESTPs (ESTP-Ts) generally exhibit self-doubt and introspective tendencies. Doers may be categorized as one of the two main subtypes.
Meanwhile, the ESTP Enneagram types refer to personalities (also called enneatypes) that Doers may identify with under the Enneagram of Personality. The Enneagram is a separate personality typology with nine personalities divided into three categories—Body, Head, and Heart. The ESTP enneatypes retain their core functions and traits under the MBTI but exhibit differing or additional qualities specific to their enneatype.
Below is a list of the nine ESTP Enneagram types and their qualities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 1: ESTPs with Enneatype 1 are perfectionistic, hard-working individuals who may repress the Doer’s adventurousness for their morals and values.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 2: ESTPs with Enneatype 2 exhibit selflessness and a strong tertiary Extroverted Feeling (Fe) function. A Type 2 ESTP’s passion and determination are for the greater good.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 3: ESTPs with Enneatype 3 typify the Doer’s extraversion through their charm and sociability. Questionable ethics, impulsiveness, and overachieving tendencies also characterize the subtype.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 4: ESTPs with Enneatype 4 are introspective, demonstrating a creative streak not typically associated with the Doer personality. Type 4 ESTPs are also on the reserved side because they prefer to focus on themselves.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 5: ESTPs with Enneatype 5 traits are also more reserved than typical Doers because they’ve tempered their impulsiveness. Type 5 ESTPs also tend to evaluate risks better than other ESTP enneatypes.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 6: ESTPs with Enneatype 6 are uniquely risk-averse for a typically impulsive personality type. To add, Type 6 Doers tend to be pessimistic due to their innate skepticism.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 7: ESTPs with Enneatype 7 exemplify the core traits of the Doer personality through their innate impulsiveness, personability, and a strong passion for adventure.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 8: ESTPs with Enneatype 8 exemplify the Doer’s passion and determination through the enneatype’s natural ambition. Type 8 ESTPs’ extroversion may also manifest as a domineering or aggressive attitude.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 9: ESTPs with Enneatype 9 are non-confrontational, sometimes valuing their inner peace more than adventure or glory. Type 9 Doers may consequently feel repressed or stuck.
According to the MBTI’s assessment, ESTPs across society exhibit passion and a strong desire for new experiences. Analysis under the Enneagram offers insight into how individual ESTP may differ, particularly regarding the motivations and qualities the Enneagram captures. ESTPs can better understand their enneatype by taking the MBTI test first and then the Enneagram to see how well the results capture their unique personality.
What are the main types of ESTP?
The main types of ESTPs are ESTP-A (Assertive) and ESTP-T (Turbulent). The Assertive and Turbulent subtypes categorize how ESTPs may differ under the MBTI’s methodology. Both ESTP-As and ESTP-Ts retain the same core psychological traits and cognitive functions but demonstrate notable differences in how they perceive themselves and others. These subtle but important differences highlight the nuances of the ESTP personality type.
Both Assertive and Turbulent ESTPs demonstrate impulsivity and a general disdain for routine and structure. However, Assertive ESTPs generally have more self-confidence because they gravitate toward leadership roles and go after what they want. ESTP-As may also fail to regard consequences due to their high confidence. Conversely, Turbulent ESTPs have less self-confidence because they’re sensitive to others’ opinions and function better as team players. ESTP-Ts also measure risks better and reflect on their actions.
1. Turbulent (ESTP-T) Subtype
The Turbulent (ESTP-T) subtypes demonstrate all the primary ESTP traits but lack the confidence and bluntness of the Assertive subtype. ESTP-Ts instead demonstrate greater sensitivity, which is both a major strength and weakness. Their sensitivity enables Turbulent ESTPs to consider others’ opinions and emotions more effectively than ESTP-As. Doing so makes ESTP-Ts attentive romantic partners, considerate friends, and efficient team players, but their sensitivity also holds them back from pursuing their adventurous side. ESTP-Ts do not take risks as quickly or as easily as Assertive ESTPs either. That said, ESTP-Ts dislike settling down, so they may at times feel unsatisfied with taking the safe path.
2. Assertive (ESTP-A) Subtype
The Assertive (ESTP-A) subtype encapsulates the impulsive, spontaneous nature of the Doer personality. ESTP-As exhibit self-assurance but lack the sensitivity or risk-aversion of the ESTP-T subtype. As a result, ESTP-As are confident leaders in the workplace but may not be the most patient or empathetic bosses. ESTP-As and ESTP-Ts are similarly outgoing so they both tend to have a large social group. However, those with Assertive qualities are easy to like but difficult to connect with emotionally. ESTP-As consequently make for emotionally uninvolved romantic partners who, like their counterparts, refuse to settle down. To add, Assertive ESTPs do not gauge risk appropriately; they live exciting lifestyles but may fail to see, much less address the consequence of their actions.
What are the Enneagram types of ESTP?
Below is a list of the nine Enneagram types of ESTP.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 1: An unusual Body-centered enneatype that demonstrates traits of the Enneagram’s Perfectionist and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 2: A rare Heart-centered enneatype that exhibits traits of the Enneagram’s Giver and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 3: A common Heart-centered enneatype aligning the Enneagram’s Achiever and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 4: A rare Heart-centered enneatype exhibits characteristics of the Enneagram’s Individualist and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 5: An unusual Head-centered enneatype demonstrating traits of the Enneagram’s Investigator and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 6: A Head-centered enneatype aligning characteristics of the Enneagram’s Skeptic and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 7: A common Head-centered enneatype that exhibits traits of the Enneagram’s Enthusiast and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 8: A common Body-centered enneatype aligning the Enneagram’s Challenger and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 9: An unusual Body-centered enneatype that displays characteristics of the Enneagram’s Peacemaker and the MBTI’s ESTP personalities.
1. ESTP Enneagram Type 1
The ESTP Enneagram Type 1 is a subtype combining the action-oriented Doer and perfectionist Enneagram Type One. Doers with Enneatype 1 are an unusual personality subtype because Type 1’s archetypical perfectionism doesn’t typically align with the Doer’s impulsive brashness. Furthermore, Enneatype 1 is a Head enneatype, so they’re naturally more restrained. As a result, we infer that ESTP Enneagram Type 1 demonstrates ESTP-T (Turbulent) qualities.
The rare ESTPs who identify as Type 1s exhibit two main strengths. Firstly, Type 1 ESTPs are hard-working thanks to their enneatype’s perfectionism and core personality’s resourcefulness. Secondly, Type 1 Doers are highly ethical. While Doers are often very impulsive, Enneatype 1 motivates Type 1 ESTP to take the right road and avoid risks. ESTPs with Enneatype 1 also demonstrate two primary weaknesses. Firstly, Type 1 Doers are perfectionists, which may lead them to overthink or overwork. Secondly, Type 1 Doers may feel repressed because their core values call for ethical thinking and high standards. Type 1 Doers may battle their dominant Extroverted Sensing (Se) function to quiet their impulsive nature.
Socially, the ESTP Enneagram Type 1 personality is moral and hard-working due to Enneatype 1’s influences. Although upstanding characters, others may find that Type 1 ESTPs run themselves ragged to meet their high standards. Thus, we infer that Type 1 ESTPs are better at restraining themselves (which is typical Turbulent Doer types). Famous ESTPs like the prim and proper Judi Dench especially exemplify the hard-working, ethical Type 1 ESTP. However, by denying their Se-driven impulses, Type 1 ESTPs may feel caged or repress their adventurous desires. Type 1 ESTPs consequently contrast with the more impulsive, free-thinking ESTP Enneatype 7 or Enneatype 8 personalities.
2. ESTP Enneagram Type 2
The ESTP Enneagram Type 2 is an Enneagram-based subtype of the Doer personality. Enneagram Type Two is also a Heart-centered enneatype, so Type 2 ESTPs are uniquely caring. Type 2s also emulate Turbulent ESTPs’ natural sensitivity because they want to be liked and care for others. Therefore, Type 2 Doers are part of the main Turbulent subtype.
Doers with Enneatype 2 exhibit two main strengths. Firstly, Type 2 Doers demonstrate increased emotional awareness. Secondly, Type 2 ESTPs are always willing to help. Both strengths relate to the Heart-centered personality and Turbulent categorization. ESTPs with Enneatype 2 additionally feature two core weaknesses. Firstly, Type 2 Doers are unnecessarily selfless, which is a major weakness of the Enneagram 2 personality. Secondly, Type 2 Doers may be overly sensitive because they correspond to the ESTP-T’s lack of confidence. People with Enneatype 2 personalities also tend to be sensitive because they fear being unloved.
Socially, Type 2 Doers are always willing to lend a hand. Innate determination and a strengthened tertiary Extroverted Feeling (Fe) function distinguish Type 2 Doers as the most considerate ESTP enneatype. We expect a Type 2 Doer’s many projects to be for the benefit of others. That said, Type 2 Doers are very sensitive. Whereas ambitious subtypes like Type 8 Doers focus on themselves, Type 2 Doers focus more on what people think of them. For this reason, more Doers identify with Enneatype 8 than with Enneatype 2. The rare Type 2 ESTP celebrity, such as actor Santiago Cabrera, present a warm, caring, and outgoing image.
3. ESTP Enneagram Type 3
The ESTP Enneagram Type 3 is another Heart-centered subtype of the Doer personality. Enneagram Type Three is generally on the emotional side due to the Heart category. However, Type 3 Doers are ESTP-As because they demonstrate strong self-determination. Natural overachieving tendencies also complement the Assertive Doer’s industrious albeit overly-confident characteristics.
ESTPs with Enneatype 3 have two distinctive strengths. Firstly, Type 3 ESTPs are charming social butterflies because of their Assertive qualities. ESTP-As are easy to like, which aligns with Enneatype 3’s outgoingness. Secondly, Type 3 ESTP have keen senses, exemplifying the Doer’s dominant Se function. A strong desire to achieve also motivates Type 3 ESTPs to pay close attention to their surroundings. The ESTP Enneagram Type 3 additionally displays two notable weaknesses. Firstly, Doers with Enneatype 3 are very impulsive, which is a common ESTP-A failing. Type 3 Doers’ impulsivity means they often fail to gauge risks or address consequences. Secondly, Type 3 ESTPs sometimes exhibit questionable ethics due to their impulsiveness and overachieving tendencies.
All Doers are generally outgoing and determined, but those with the Enneatype 3 subtype exemplify these characteristics. Type 3 Doers get along well with others, but they’ll do just about anything to achieve their goals. As a result, others may think Type 3 Doers are disingenuous. Morally upstanding ESTPs like Type 1 Doers are far more ethical but repressed and self-restrictive. On the other hand, some will find that Type 3 ESTPs are among the most charming people you’ll ever meet. Well-liked ESTPs like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson particularly typify the innate likeability of the Type 3 Doer.
4. ESTP Enneagram Type 4
The ESTP Enneagram Type 4 is the individualistic subtype of the Doer personality. The subtype combines the core ESTP traits and the Heart-centered, Enneagram Type Four personality. Unlike Type 3 ESTPs, Doers with Enneatype 4 traits exhibit more Turbulent qualities because they’re more emotionally aware and introspective. We thus categorize ESTP Enneagram Type 4s as ESTP-Ts.
Two main strengths characterize Doers with Enneatype 4 qualities. Firstly, Type 4 ESTPs are expressive because they want to be authentic individuals and create their own unique identities. Expressiveness also relates to the ESTP-T’s superior communication skills. Secondly, Type 4 Doers demonstrate creative talent, channeling their strong senses and natural intellect into art. Two notable weaknesses additionally define Type 4 ESTPs. Firstly, Type 4 Doers are reserved. While not necessarily a negative trait, Enneagram Type 4’s introspectiveness may cause typically vibrant ESTPs to withdraw too often. Secondly, Type 4 ESTPs may struggle to deal with emotions due to their Turbulent attributes and innate introspectiveness.
ESTPs with Enneatype 4 are more socially reserved than other ESTP Enneagram subtypes. Loved ones and coworkers may also find that Type 4 Doers will channel their impulsivity and passion for adventure into art and self-discovery. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that some famous Type 4 ESTPs work in film, such as American actor Scott Caan. Caan and other Type 4 ESTPs stand out due to their reservation and introspectiveness, contrasting with more vivacious Type 7 Doers.
5. ESTP Enneagram Type 5
The ESTP Enneagram Type 5 is a subtype combining ESTP traits with the rationality of the Enneagram Type Five. People with Enneatype 5 personalities are Head-centered, meaning they prefer intellectual thought over emotional or instinctual thinking. Doers also value logic due to their Thinking (T) function. However, Doers are dominated by the impulsive Se function, so they don’t typically align with reserved, analytical Enneatype 5. Those that do are likely ESTP-Ts because they have a strong connection to the Doer’s auxiliary Introverted Thinking (Ti) function and analyze risks better.
Type 5 ESTPs demonstrate two core strengths. Firstly, Doers with Enneatype 5 are more rational than other ESTP subtypes. Although ESTPs are logical, both Enneatype 5 and Turbulent Doers measure risks better. Secondly, Type 5 Doers have a tempered mindset because the Enneatype 5 qualities rationalize the Doer’s innate impulsivity. The subtype also exhibits two notable weaknesses. The first weakness is that Type 5 Doers are uniquely sensitive. Enneatype 5s are not emotional creatures but constant rationalizing may cause the generally impulsive Doer to overthink not only their actions—but the actions of others. The second weakness is that Type 5 ESTPs are reserved, much like ESTPs with Enneatype 4. A combination of sensitivity and reservation may also make Type 5 ESTPs less confident than other Doer subtypes.
Type 5 Doers stand out from other ESTP subtypes because they’re more socially reserved. Furthermore, due to their enneatype, Type 5 Doers display a stronger propensity for investigative thought. Those with an ESTP Enneatype 5 personality think before they leap but maintain their adventurous side. In contrast, Type 8 and Type 7 ESTPs exemplify the Doer’s impulsivity and forwardness. We see a combination of ESTP and Enneatype 5 traits in celebrities like Alfred Hitchcock who demonstrated a highly analytical approach to film and storytelling.
6. ESTP Enneagram Type 6
The ESTP Enneagram Type 6 describes Doers with traits of the Enneagram Type Six personality. Those that do belong to the Head category. Type 6 ESTPs are an unusual combination due to their more risk-averse nature. Since only ESTP-Ts tend to consider risks, we infer that Type 6 ESTPs also belong to the Turbulent category.
Two primary strengths characterize ESTPs with Enneatype 6 traits. Firstly, Type 6 Doers are cautious because they tend to analyze situations closely. In doing so, Type 6 Doers display a stronger propensity for their auxiliary Ti function, much like the ESTP Enneatype 5 subtype. Secondly, Type 6 ESTPs are trustworthy. Although Doers are not inherently untrustworthy, they are guilty of commitment issues. Enneagram 6’s desire for safety and security enables Type 6 ESTPs to be better trusted with serious obligations. Furthermore, Type 6 ESTPs also have two main weaknesses. Firstly, Type 6 Doers are often pessimistic due to their enneatype’s innate skepticism. Secondly, Doers with Enneatype 6 lack confidence because they tend to overanalyze people’s opinions of them.
Type 6 ESTPs stand out from other Doer subtypes through their more cautious, risk-averse thinking. Type 6 ESTPs retain their core traits, so although they may act impulsively at times, they are trustworthy with responsibilities. Socially, Type 6 ESTPs are similar to Doers with Enneatype 5 traits. That said, Enneatype 6 is a skeptic at heart, so Type 6 ESTPs may be too analytical or cautious for their own good. Famous ESTPs like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle displayed a healthy penchant for analysis and skeptical thinking, as captured by Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes.
7. ESTP Enneagram Type 7
The ESTP Enneagram Type 7 is an enthusiastic ESTP subtype. Enneagram Type Seven is also a Head-centered personality. However, unlike Enneatype 6 or 5, Enneatype 7’s Head-centered personality greatly corresponds to the main ESTP personality because it typifies many of the Doer’s best (and worst) qualities. As a result, we categorize Type 7 ESTPs under the main ESTP-A (Assertive) subtype.
Type 7 ESTPs have two notable strengths. Firstly, Does with Enneatype 7 are very personable, which is largely thanks to their vivacious extraversion. Secondly, Type 7 Doers have a daring attitude because they exemplify Enneatype 7’s enthusiasm and ESTP’s passion for adventure. Two weaknesses further define Type 7 ESTPs. Firstly, Doers with this subtype are highly impulsive—often exhibiting risky behavior and an action-oriented mindset. Secondly, Type 7 Doers may seem insensitive. By focusing only on their next big adventure or project, Type 7 Doers often neglect their or others’ emotional needs.
Most Doers identify with the Enneatype 7 personality because it represents many of their fundamental traits. Doers with the subtype are easy to like, strive to live an exciting lifestyle, and tend to juggle many projects. Famous Type 7 ESTps like Jason Mamoa are particularly multifaceted. Mamoa is an activist, surfer, hobby musician, actor, and more.
Among the ESTP Enneatypes, Type 7 ESTPs are the best at going after what they want. Type 7 ESTPs are very similar to Type 3 Doers, who are impulsive overachievers, and contrast with Type 2 Doers, who may be too selfless to go after their dreams.
8. ESTP Enneagram Type 8
The ESTP Enneagram Type 8 is an Enneagram-based, Body-centered subtype of the Doer personality. Enneagram Type Eight greatly complements core ESTP traits due to a similar sense of ambition. We also categorize Type 8 Doers under the main Assertive subtype because of their vivacious, challenging, hard-headed personalities.
Type 8 Doers exhibit two core character strengths. Firstly, Type 8 ESTPs demonstrate strong leadership skills thanks to their innate ambition, confidence, and passion. Leadership skills also correlate with Assertive ESTP qualities. Secondly, Type 8 ESTPs are industrious, often opting for action over words. People with an ESTP Enneagram 8 personality additionally exhibit two main weaknesses. Firstly, Type 8 Doers are very blunt, typifying a key Assertive ESTP weakness. Secondly, others may find that Type 8 ESTPs are very domineering due to their Assertive and Enneatype 8 qualities. To add, Type 8 ESTPs are largely against showing any vulnerability, which often manifests as a domineering or even an aggressive attitude.
Socially, Type 8 ESTPs exhibit natural leadership. A take-charge attitude enables Type 8 ESTPs to try new things, act spontaneously, and chase their ambitions—regardless of the feathers they will ruffle. In this sense, the ESTP Enneagram Type 8 is very similar to Doers with Enneatype 3. However, Type 3 ESTPS want to be liked. Type 8 ESTPs don’t need to be liked because they care more about fulfilling their ambitions. A great example of Enneatype 8 behavior is famous ESTP leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt or Alexander the Great.
9. ESTP Enneagram Type 9
The ESTP Enneagram Type 9 is a subtype defining ESTPs with Enneagram Type Nine characteristics. Enneatype 9 is a Head-centered personality, so intellectual processes come first. The subtype is also an unusual combination because Type 9s value harmony whereas ESTPs generally crave spontaneity. Therefore, we categorize ESTps with Enneatype 9 as Turbulent Doers because they’re innately less risk-verse.
ESTPs with Enneatype 9 have two notable strengths. Firstly, Type 9 Doers are hospitable extroverts, giving off an area of easygoingness and warmth. Secondly, Type 9 ESTPs are calm, much like those with Type 5 traits. Type 9 ESTPs crave passion and adventure like any other Doer, but they find peace with their life because of their enneatype’s desire for harmony. Doers with the Enneatype 9 subtype additionally have two main strengths. Firstly, Type 9 ESTPs avoid confrontations because they’re wary of consequences. Secondly, Doers with Enneatype 9 will become stationary as they conflate peace with settling down. Doing so inhibits the Doer’s innate sense of adventure.
In social situations, Type 9 ESTPs behave less bluntly than Type 8 ESTPs. Doers with Enneatype 9 traits get along with others because they want to keep the peace, which is typical of Turbulent subtypes. Furthermore, Type 9 ESTPs understand that their impulses have consequences. Therefore, we infer that the ESTP Enneatype 9 personality is willing to rectify their actions or change their ways. Famous ESTPs like Gerard Butler, who reformed his reckless lifestyle, exemplify this behavior.
What are the main Enneagram types of ESTP?
The main Enneagram type of ESTP is Enneatype 7 according to data from Typology Central. Close to 40% of users with an ESTP personality identify as Type 7s, followed by 27% as Type 8s and 17% as Type 3s.
The main ESTP enneatypes largely correspond with the Doer’s fundamental characteristics. However, under the Enneagram of Personality methodology, the main ESTP Enneagram types have distinct motivations and traits that set them apart from one another. You’ll need to take an ESTP Enneagram Type test to identify the subtle or dominant differences between you and other ESTP Enneatypes.
Below is a list of the most notable differences we’ve analyzed between the main ESTP Enneagram types.
- ESTP Type 7s are personable and daring, typifying many of the Doer’s core traits. Type 8 Doers exhibit strong impulsive tendencies, potentially more so than other ESTP Enneagram types because Enneatype 7 closely aligns with the Doer personality.
- ESTP Type 8s are industrious with strong leadership skills. Type 8 ESTPs are also the most domineering subtype due to their Assertive designation and ambitious mindset.
- ESTP Type 3s are true social butterflies but lack emotional awareness. Therefore, Type 3 ESTPs come off as more disingenuous than other Doer enneatypes.
What is the ESTP-A (Assertive)?
The ESTP-A (Assertive) is one of the two primary subtypes of the Doer personality. Assertive ESTPs demonstrate the same core psychological functions as their counterpart, the Turbulent ESTP, but exhibit a stronger self-image. ESTP-As are self-assured individuals whose confidence is only outmatched by their impulsivity. ESTP-As crave adventure but disregard consequences and risks, unlike Turbulent Doers.
Our analysis of the Enneagram allows us to identify Assertive or Turbulent qualities in the nine ESTP Enneagram types. We’ve inferred that ESTPs with Enneatype 3, Enneatype 7, and Enneatype 8 display Assertive features because they’re all motivated, reckless, and confident subtypes.
According to Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, Enneagram Type 8 and Type 7 particularly align with ESTP-A qualities for two reasons First, Riso and Hudson state that Type 8s are “take-charge people who want to test their wills against the environment”. Their description of Enneatype 8 mirrors the Assertive Doer’s blunt, action-oriented personality. Second, Riso and Hudson wrote that Type 7s are amongst the extroverted enneatypes, displaying an enthusiasm for sensory experiences. All Doers are extroverts with a dominant Sensing (S) function, but ESTP-As particularly crave stimulating experiences because of their strong adventurous side.
Other ESTP-A features include high sociability, insensitivity, impulsivity, and a hands-on mindset. All Doers prefer actions over words, but ESTP-As are particularly action-oriented due to their strong self-confidence. As a result, Assertive Doers in the workplace are great leaders but poor team players. ESTP-A employees juggle hurdles confidently, but their impulsiveness and self-assurance may cause them to take unnecessary risks. The Assertive ESTP’s impulsivity may thus also affect their finances, leading to reckless spending.
Romantically, ESTP-As are spontaneous partners. Barbara Barron and Paul D. Tieger’s book Just Your Type states that ESTPs focus on their partner’s physical needs over the emotional ones, disregarding heart-to-heart talks. Assertive Doers especially align with X’s observations because they highly value action over words. Furthermore, ESTP-As tend to prefer the thrill of a fling over the routine of a serious relationship.
What are the key characteristics of ESTP-A?
Below are the key characteristics of ESTP-A.
- Sociability: All Doers are extroverts, but ESTP-As are not encumbered by people’s opinions. Therefore, ESTP-As are adventurous social butterflies.
- Tenacity: ESTP-As exemplify the Doer’s action-oriented personality because they’re always willing to work hard, try new things, and go on adventures.
- Confidence: Whether in the workplace or at home, ESTP-As act confidently because they have a stronger self-image than Turbulent Doers.
- Impulsivity: Assertive ESTPs are sometimes overconfident, often acting without thinking. ESTP-As are less concerned with repercussions due to their impulsivity
- Bluntness: ESTP-As are easy to like, but their confidence and lack of emotional intelligence lead them to act bluntly and mishandle sensitive issues.
The two most prominent ESTP-A traits from the list above are confidence and impulsivity. According to Gifts Differing by Peter B. Myers and Isabel Briggs Myers, co-creator of the MBTI, ESTPs are typically logical of consequences due to their Thinking (T) function. However, Assertive ESTPs typify the Doer’s impulsivity, often acting on their worst instincts. Peter and Isabel Myers additionally state, “[ESTPs] tend to prefer action to conversation. The more directly a matter can be translated into action, the clearer and more effective they become.” Assertive Doers conversely exemplify Myers’ observation through their confidence. ESTP-As’ strong self-images enable them to act diligently whereas ESTP-Ts may be bogged down by insecurities.
Furthermore, the confident and impulsive traits stand out from Isabel’s Briggs Myers’—and thus the MBTI’s—original classification of the Doer type. The traits show how the Assertive categorization heightens or dampens certain core traits.
What is the ESTP-T (Turbulent)?
The ESTP-T (Turbulent) is one of the primary Doer subtypes under the MBTI’s typology. Turbulent ESTPs feature the same core traits as Assertive Doers but have different ways of perceiving themselves and others. Doers with the Turbulent categorization are notably more cautious for an otherwise instinctive, impulsive personality. Furthermore, Turbulent ESTPs are insecure but introspective and sensitive; they reflect on their actions more readily and appear more laid-back than their counterparts, ESTP-As.
Another inferred difference between Assertive and Turbulent Doers is their associated Enneagram types. ESTP Enneagram Types 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 9 exhibit Turbulent ESTP qualities as they’re more sensitive, reflective, or otherwise misaligned with typical Doer abrasiveness.
Socially, ESTP-Ts act slightly more withdrawn than ESTP-As. Although they’re by no means timid, Turbulent Doers worry about how people perceive them so they’re less outgoing. By being susceptible to people’s opinions, ESTP-Ts are also less impulsive than Assertive Doors. Eny Lestari Widarni and Alejandra García-Ochoa Mora in How to Understand and Develop Humans make note of how Doers don’t have concrete life plans and struggle with setting priorities. ESTP-As typify the Doer’s recklessness, but ESTP-Ts display these traits to a lesser degree because they think before they act.
We see Turbulent Doers’ lessened impulsivity in their romantic lives, workplace mannerisms, and financial habits as well. By caring about what people think, ESTP-Ts are more considerate of their partner’s and coworkers’ needs. ESTP-Ts consequently communicate better than ESTP-As (though their spontaneous streak remains). However, Turbulent Doers are quick to stress due to their increased sensitivity if communication fails in the workplace. Turbulent Doers may also mishandle money, but they generally handle their finances better than Assertive Doers since they measure risk better.
What are the key characteristics of ESTP-T?
Below are the key characteristics of ESTP-T.
- Increased sensitivity: Turbulent Doers’ lack of confidence causes them to be more sensitive than Assertive Doers. Consequently, ESTP-Ts are self-reflective but quick to stress over conflict, particularly in the workplace.
- Strong communication skills: Although ESTPs are generally outgoing and blunt, Turbulent Doers have stronger communication skills due to their sensitivity. People will have an easier time connecting with an ESTP-T than an ESTP-A as a result.
- Self-doubting: ESTP-Ts tend to focus on others rather than themselves so they lack confidence and doubt their decisions.
- Self-restraint: Second-guessing themselves means ESTP-Ts take fewer risks. ESTP-Ts are also slightly more withdrawn than their counterparts, though remain extroverts at their core.
- Introspection: ESTP-Ts’ more cautious nature allows them to reflect on their actions and measure risks.
The two most prominent ESTP-T characteristics from the list above are increased sensitivity and strong communication skills. Both traits are evident in how Turbulent Doers function in the workplace.
Naomi L. Quenk in her book Was That Really Me? outlines how interpersonal conflict and uncooperativeness are stressors for ESTPs at work. While Quenk doesn’t touch on the Assertive and Turbulent categories, we may infer that ESTP-As and ESTP-Ts would handle these stressors differently. Whereas ESTP-As would be blunt but confident, ESTP-Ts would be more sensitive to the ongoing issues and try their best to communicate. However, Turbulent Doers may become overwhelmed easily as they’re susceptible to stress.
ESTP-Ts with Enneatype 9 would especially try to keep the peace. However, as Elisabeth Bennett in Enneagram Life states, Type 9s take on Enneatype 6 qualities while stressed. Increased anxiety, suspicious thinking, and preparing for the worst are some ways Bennett states Type 9s cope with stress. We may expect better behavior from ESTPs with Enneatype 7 or 8 because these subtypes better align with the Doer’s action-oriented confidence.
How are ESTP Enneagram types analyzed with ESTP Enneagrams?
The ESTP Enneagram types are analyzed with ISTP Enneagrams by overlapping the MBTI and the Enneagram of Personality methodologies. The MBTI and Enneagram of Personality are separate systems, so individuals will test differently under them. However, by converging the two, we analyze how ESTPs may identify with the beliefs, fears, motivations, and traits of certain enneatypes. Like the MBTI, the Enneagram categorizes personality into types. Unlike the MBTI, however, the Enneagram addresses the fluidity of personality. Since all Doers are unique, analyzing through the Enneagram gives us insight into the nuances of ESTPs not necessarily captured by the MBTI.
As Karen Webb states in her book Principles of the Enneagram, “Our personality type is identifiable and shared with others, but the way we manifest it […] is our own.” Webb goes on to detail how the Enneagram defines how our personalities change during times of stress or security, but our base type is how we fundamentally perceive life.
We’ve analyzed the ESTP Enneagram types according to core Doer traits, as well as the main Assertive and Turbulent subtypes. We’ve found that Enneatype 3, 7, and 8 are the primary personality combinations of ESTPs under the Endergram. We’ve also discerned that Doers with Enneatype 3, 7, and 8 traits demonstrate Assertive qualities. Meanwhile, Doors with Enneatype 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 9 traits display Turbulent qualities.
How does MBTI interpret ESTP Enneagram type with the help of Enneagram?
The MBTI doesn’t officially interpret ESTP Enneagram types with the help of the Enneagram because it’s a separate personality methodology. The MBTI approaches personality according to four psychological dichotomies, based on the works of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Whereas the Enneagram examines nine, the MBTI categorizes sixteen personality types. Although MTI defines personality more rigidly, the Enneagram is more widely applicable. As a result, we use the Enneagram to interpret how MBTI personalities like ESTP may identify with certain enneatypes.
The MBTI and Enneagram are both very popular, so other experts have found common uses for them as well. For example, a study by Mircea Vaida applied the Enneagram and MBTI to study grouping strategies for students. Another study by Vaida and co-authors Diana Poja and L. Alboaie applied the methodologies for e-learning grouping purposes.
Comparison of ESTP-T and ESTP-A
Below is a table comparison of ESTP-T and ESTP-A.
|ESTP Enneagram type||ESTP-A||ESTP-T|
|Stress Management||ESTP-As manage stress by taking action and avoiding emotionally intense situations. ESTP-As are also less prone to stress due to their confidence.||ESTP-Ts manage stress by lingering on the issue and trying to communicate. However, ESTP-Ts are more susceptible to stress, so they’re easily overwhelmed.|
|Business Life||In business life, Assertive Doers have a take-charge attitude. Assertive Doers make for great leaders but poor team players as a result.||In business life, Turbulent Doers are action-oriented and easy to get along with. ESTP-Ts also make for good team players but reluctant leaders due to their self-doubt.|
|Social Life||Socially, ESTP-As are confident social butterflies. Although easy to like, ESTP-A may be insensitive or blunt due to their Thinking (T) function.||Socially, ESTP-Ts are sensitive and lack confidence. However, ESTP-Ts are easier to connect with than Assertive Doers because they’re less blunt.|
|Relationships||Assertive ESTPs in relationships focus on physical needs over emotional ones. ESTP-As avoid heart-to-heart talks, routine, and settling down.||Turbulent ESTPs in relationships are more sensitive to emotional needs and communicate well. Like ESTP-As, ESTP-Ts dislike routine and settling down.|
|Behaviors||Assertive ESTPs behave confidently but impulsively. ESTP-As love adventure but fail to address risk or consequences.||Turbulent ESTPs behave in an introspective albeit self-doubting manner. ESTP-Ts also crave adventure but measure risks.|
|Strengths||Main ESTP-A strengths include high sociability, confidence, and tenacity.||Main ESTP-T strengths include self-restraint and strong communication skills.|
|Weaknesses||Main ESTP-T weaknesses include impulsivity, bluntness, and insensitivity.||Main ESTP-T weaknesses include a lack of confidence, sensitivity, and susceptibility to stress.|
One of the key differences between Assertive and Turbulent types is how they deal with stress. As the table above demonstrates, ESTP-As and ESTP-Ts cope with stress in two distinctly different ways. First, ESTP-As manage stress with confidence, choosing to take action and move on from a situation rather than linger. That said, Assertive Doers struggle to consider consequences so moving on may not be the best approach. Second, ESTP-Ts manage stress by thinking about the issue and attempting to communicate. Susceptibility to stress, however, renders Turbulent Doers more easily overwhelmed by stressors like interpersonal conflicts.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for relationships?
Two ESTP Enneagram types are better for relationships. First, Doers with Enneatype 1 are great romantic partners because they’re the most reliable of the impulsive ESTP subtypes. Enneatype 1’s work ethic ensures that Type 1 ESTPs meet their obligations, which extends to their romantic commitments. Second, Doers with Enneatype 2 are loving and affectionate partners because they tend to put others’ needs first. Type 2 ESTPs may be too selfless at times, but they won’t neglect their needs if they’re healthy.
The ESTP Enneagram type that’s the least suited for relationships is the Enneatype 7 ESTPs. Type 7 ESTPs typify the Doer’s best and worst qualities, which include innate impulsivity and the inability to settle down. Type 7 ESTP also aligns with Assertive Doer qualities, so we infer that they also tend to focus on physical over emotional needs which negatively affects relationships of any nature.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for family life?
ESTP Enneagram Type 2 is better for family life because they have a strengthened tertiary Extroverted Feeling (Fe) function. The Fe impacts ESTPs’ social skills and how attentive they are to other people’s needs. The Fe function does not rank highly in the ESTP’s cognitive stack, but Type 2 ESTPs display a strengthened Fe function due to having a caring and considerate enneatype. Type 2 ESTPs will go and above beyond for their family. Their adventurous side will also establish Type 2 ESTPs as fun and exciting family members, as opposed to dedicated or committed. Conversely, Type 3 ESTPs are poor family members because they’ll sometimes put their achievements over family obligations. Loved ones will also take issue with the ESTP Enneatype 2’s impulsivity if they act impulsively.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for sensitive people?
The ESTP Enneagram Type 9 is better for sensitive people because they’re hospitable and non-confrontational. ESTPs are largely insensitive due to their dominant Thinking (T) function, but Type 9 ESTPs align with the Turbulent subtype. ESTPs with Turbulent qualities are generally more sensitive. To add, Enneatype 9 values harmony and therefore often acts as a peacemaker. Type 9 ESTPs are not especially empathetic, but they will act as mediators and consider the emotions of sensitive people, particularly in the workplace. On the other hand, the ESTP Enneagram Type 8 would not address sensitive people well. Type 8 Doers are natural leaders, but their assertiveness also manifests as dominance and aggression which will be upsetting to sensitive types.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is more confident?
The most confident ESTP Enneagram Types are ESTP Enneatype 3, Enneatype 7, and Enneatype 8. All three align with the Assertive ESTP subtype and therefore exhibit a strong self-image. All three also typify many of the Doer personality’s core traits, including impulsivity, passion, and tenacity. These traits highlight the ESTP enneatypes’ shared self-assurance which enables them to go on adventures and try new things.
The least confident ESTP Enneagram Type is ESTP Enneagram Type 6. The subtype displays Turbulent ESTP qualities, including a lack of confidence. To add, Doers with Enneatype 6 traits particularly stand out because they tend to focus on others’ thoughts and actions. An innate skepticism also manifests as pessimism in Type 6 Doers, which will affect their self-esteem.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for a career?
None of the ESTP Enneagram Types are better for a career because any of them excel in their professional field if they stay focused. ESTPs are innately impulsive and tend to jump from project to project, so they must choose a field that will hold their attention. ESTPs with Enneatype 8 and Enneatype 1 traits will have an easier time sticking to a career because the former is ambitious while the latter is dependable. Both will meet their professional obligations. Additionally, Type 3 ESTPs are overachievers and thus likely to excel as professionals, but they will display questionable ethics in order to get ahead. Therefore, Type 3 ESTPs are great for careers, but will run into issues if they don’t work on their moral center.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for teamwork?
The ESTP Enneagram Type 9 is better for teamwork because they’re Turbulent types who value peace and harmony. Type 9 Doers will not prioritize their ambitions to get ahead like Type 3s or keep coworkers at a distance like Type 5s. ESTPs with Type 9 traits will instead focus on what’s best for collective harmony. Conversely, ESTP Enneagram type 8 is the worst for teamwork because they’re very domineering and want to be the leader. Type 8 ESTPs can learn how to get along with others, but their primary goal is to be in charge, so they’re ill-suited for team-based roles.
Which ESTP Enneagram Type is better for artists?
The ESTP Enneagram Type 4 is better for artists because they have a creative side. ESTP hobbies include art, so any of the Doer enneatype may dabble in the creative arts. However, Type 4 Doers are particularly drawn to art because they’re introspective and have a strong desire to express themselves. Type 4 ESTPs will use their keen senses to transform their self-reflections into art. Meanwhile, Type 7 ESTPs may be the least-suited art, but only on the merit that they’re quick to abandon projects. Type 7 ESTPs will continue making art as long as they have an interest or medium that continuously attracts their attention.
Which is the most common ESTP Enneagram Type?
The most common ESTP Enneagram Type is Enneagram Type 7 according to data from TypologyCenter. Nearly 40% of observed ESTP users identify with the Enneatype 7 personality. These results make sense as the Enneatype 7 personality corresponds to many of the Doer’s core traits and values. The Type 7 personality particularly mirrors the adventurous, extroverted side of Doers—highlighting how ESTPs desire to try new things and live a full and exciting life.
The least common ESTP Enneagram type appears to be ESTP Enneatype 1, Enneatype 5, and Enneatype 9. None of the users observed in the TypologyCenter assessment identified with these enneatypes. However, the Enneagram methodology measures personal motivations and fears, so there are likely circumstances where ESTPs may identify with the perfectionism of Type 1s, the investigative thinking of Type 5s, or the peacemaking nature of Type 9s.
How are ESTP Enneagram types classified?
We classify ESTP Enneagram types according to the MBTI and Enneagram of Personality methodologies. The MBTI classifies personality through a self-administered test, designed to measure your propensity for one of two opposing psychological functions across four dichotomies. The dichotomies are extraversion (E) versus Introversion (I), Sensing (S) versus iNtuition (N), Thinking (T) versus Feeling (F), and Judging (J) versus Perceiving (). According to the MBTI test, the ESTP personality is dominant in the extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving functions.
The Enneagram of Personality is separate from the MBTI. Rather than measuring double-edged psychological functions, the Enneagram classifies fundamental beliefs and values. The Enneagram also utilizes a nine-pointed, interconnected model to visualize how the personalities connect and how traits manifest during times of stress or security.
According to our classification, ESTPs typically identify with Enneatype 3, 7, or 8, but they may identify with other enneatypes depending on fundamental beliefs not captured by the MBTI.
How are ESTP Enneagram types found?
The ESTP Enneagram types were found by converging the MBTI and Enneagram of Personality methodologies. No single individual is responsible for this convergence because the MBTI and Enneagram are separate, albeit highly popular personality typologies. As there is no official convergence of the MBTI and Enneagram, our analysis bridges and builds upon the original ideas of the MBTI and Enneagram creators. The MBTI was created by the mother-daughter duo, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. They based the MBTI on the personality theories of Carl Jung. Meanwhile, the Enneagram has more obscure origins, but the current model and typology are based on the works of Oscar Ichzao and Claudio Naranjo.
Do ESTP Enneagram types change according to gender?
No evidence indicates that ESTP Enneagram types change according to gender because there hasn’t been substantial research into the subject. The ESTP personality is more common in men than in women, however. Around 14% of men identify with the ESTP personality, while just under 3% of women test as ESTPs. We infer that most of the ESTP enneatypes are men based on these approximations.
Can someone change their character from an ESTP Enneagram type to another?
Two studies suggest someone can change their character from one ESTP Enneagram type to another. First, R. Chris Fraley and Nathan Hudson’s study found personality trait changes following weeks of voluntary self-improvement. And second, a University of California study examining the policy relevance of personality suggests intervention facilitates personality changes.
That said, neither study applied the MBTI or the Enneagram. Common theories on the MBTI and Enneagram also suggest that personality type is fixed. Nevertheless, the results of the aforementioned studies indicate that some degree of personality change is possible.ESTPs are able to change their enneatype if done at the right time or with enough effort.
Can someone be from multiple ESTP Enneagram types?
No, someone cannot be from multiple ESTP Enneagram types because you’re only assigned one enneatype. Although research exists that suggests fluidity in personality type, nevertheless having multiple types does not align with either the MBTI or Enneagram methodologies.
The Enneagram accounts for the fluidity of personality, but this is not the same thing as having multiple types. The Enneagram model interconnects its nine enneatypes to portray how people may take on the traits of neighboring or connected personalities. While these traits may manifest in any number of ways, the Enneagram asserts that your core enneatype stays the same because it captures your fundamental beliefs and values.
Who are the famous people with ESTP Enneagram types?
Below is a list of famous people and their ESTP Enneagram types.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 1: Actors Judi Dench and Stephen Amell are ESTP celebrities with Enneatype 1 traits. Dench particularly exemplifies the outgoing, upstanding, and perfectionist Type 1 Doer. Meanwhile, Stephen Amell presents Enneatype 1 traits less strongly but remains an upstanding figure in the eyes of his fans.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 2: Doers with Enneatype 2 traits are an unusual combination, so actor Santiago Cabrera is a rare example. In addition to typical ESTP outgoingness and passion, Cabrera exhibits the warm, laid-back side of Type 2s by keeping a low profile.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 3: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Thomas Edison are two ESTP celebrities who demonstrate Enneatype 3 characteristics in distinctly different ways. Johnson typifies the charming, social butterfly Type 3 Doer personality. Meanwhile, Edison exemplified how Type 3 ESTPs will do anything to get ahead, allegedly going as far as stealing ideas from other inventors.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 4: American actor Scott Caan is a rare example of a Type 4 Doer. Caan exhibits an innate sense of creativity and the natural likability of Doers, both of which he channels into his acting career.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 5: Alfred Hitchcock was an ESTP celebrity who exhibited Enneatype 5 traits through his analytical filmmaking skills. Hitchcock also had a fierce behind-the-scenes persona yet was fairly reserved, which is typical of Type 5 ESTPs.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 6: Famed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle served as a rare example of the ESTP Enneagram Type 6 personality. Doyle was highly motivated and passionate, as is typical Doers. The writer also exhibited the analytical and skeptical tendencies of Enneatype 6 through his clever mysteries.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 7: Singer Niall Horan and actor Jason Momoa are two examples of Doers with Enneatype 7. Both typify the personable, daring nature of Type 7 Doers through their colorful careers and plethora of hobbies.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 8: Historical leaders such as U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and Macedonian king Alexander the Great exemplify the Type 8 ESTP personality. Both were highly ambitious, domineering figures that left their mark on history.
- ESTP Enneagram Type 9: Celebrities like Gerard Butler and Matt LeBlanc demonstrate both ESTP and Enneatype 9 characteristics. Both display the calm, harmony-focused mindset of Type 9s—all while maintaining a fairly positive, personable persona typical of ESTPs.
How to understand which ESTP subtype you are?
To understand which ESTP subtype you are, follow the list of instructions below.
- Take the MBTI test: The MBTI test will validate your ESTP type or assign you a more accurate assessment. Some MBTI tests will also detail your cognitive functions and assign your Assertive or Turbulent subtype.
- Take the Enneagram test: The Enneagram test will help you pinpoint your fundamental beliefs and assign your enneatype as an ESTP. Most ESTPs identify as either Enneatype 3, 7, or 8, but you may have different results that better fit your motivations, fears, and values.
- Assess your ESTP Enneagram type: Review your results to better understand your ESTP enneatype and determine whether they’re an accurate representation of your personality. Retake one or both of the tests if the results are a poor fit. If so, remember to answer the questions as honestly as possible or you’ll be assigned an inaccurate personality type.
ESTP Enneagram type quiz example
The ESTP Enneagram type quiz example below demonstrates how Doers may potentially find their enneatype through a series of true-false propositions.
- I have a daring attitude: The enthusiastic Enneatype 7 personality typifies the ESTP’s desire for adventure and preference for action over words. You may also closely identify with Enneatype 7 characteristics if you strongly identify with the daring part of your ESTP personality.
- Logic tempers my powerful impulses: Thanks to a strong auxiliary Ti function, Type 5 ESTPs use logic to overcome or mitigate their innate impulsivity. A positive reply here is suggestive of ESTP Enneatype 5 qualities if you think before you leap into a new adventure.
- People say I’m very charming: Doers with Enneatype 3 traits are easy to like because they’re charming social butterflies. You may be an ESTP with an Enneatype 3 personality if you exemplify your personality type’s high extraversion.
- I overanalyze risks: Type 6 ESTPs are uniquely skeptical and pessimistic for an otherwise highly impulsive, action-oriented personality type. Answering yes here indicates ESTP Enneagram Type 6 traits, especially if you crave adventure but skepticism or pessimism holds you back.
- I’m a natural leader: Type 8 Doers exhibit strong leadership skills due to their enneatype’s ambition and high self-confidence. An affirmative response here is indicative of an ESTP personality that aligns with Enneagram Type 8.
- I’m extremely impulsive: Most ESTPs have limited self-control because they tend to rely on their instincts and dislike structure or settling down. Enneagram Type 7 aligns with these traits because Type 7s are very outgoing and enthusiastic. You may have an ESTP Enneagram Type 7 personality if you’re especially impulsive.
- I work hard and have high standards: Doers with Enneatype 1 channel their passion into working hard and meeting seemingly impossible standards. Consequently, these types of ESTPs may feel repressed. You may have an ESTP Enneagram Type 1 personality if you relate strongly to this statement.
- I tend to self-reflect: People with both ESTP and Enneatype 4 qualities are fairly introspective because they want to be authentic, unique individuals. Your reply signifies an ESTP Enneagram Type 4 personality if you also happen to enjoy more time alone than most ESTPs.
- I love to help others: Doers with Enneatype 2 characteristics demonstrate a deeply selfless side. An affirmative reply indicates you have Type 2 ESTP traits, especially if you prefer to help others and steer your goals for the greater good.
- I avoid confrontations to keep the peace: Doers are direct people, but they avoid emotional conflicts whenever possible. Type 9 Doers are particularly avoidant because they prioritize internal and external harmony. A positive answer to this question suggests you may have an ESTP Enneagram Type 9 personality.
How can ESTP Enneagram types develop themselves?
The ESTP Enneagram types can develop themselves by identifying their specific weaknesses and actively working on them. All of the ESTP enneatypes share the core weaknesses associated with the Doer personality but express them differently. Furthermore, the ESTP enneatypes also demonstrate unique characteristics tied to or influenced by their enneatype.
ESTPs can either work on their fundamental weakness or target flaws specific to their enneatype. Below is a list of six methods Doers can use for developing either set of traits.
- Improve your self-control: All ESTPs have strong impulses due to a combination of their Sensing (S) and Perceiving (P) functions. Doers with Enneatype 3 or Enneatype 7 particularly exemplify the ESTP’s impulsivity. These types of Doers can develop themselves by thinking before they act—starting with addressing the consequences of their actions and how their limited self-control affects others.
- Spend less time overthinking: Compared to Type 7 or Type 3 ESTPs, those with Enneatype 4 or 5 traits may overthink their actions due to their enneatypes’ similarly analytical qualities. To develop themselves, Type 5 and Type 4 Doers should turn their overthinking ways into a strength. For example, they embrace adventure without limiting themselves by planning appropriately and leveraging a healthy sense of caution.
- Work on conflict management: ESTPs are not empathetic people due to their strong Thinking (T) function. As a result, Type 8 and Type 9 ESTPs are not adept at conflict management because Type 8s are very domineering, while Type 9s avoid conflict. These two ESTP enneatypes can develop themselves and handle conflict better by mitigating their worst habits. For example, Type 8s shouldn’t let their hard-headedness get in the way, whereas Type 9s must realize that sometimes confrontations are necessary for peace.
- Reconnect with your adventurous side: Doers have a passion for adventure, but those with Enneagram Type 1 or Type 2 traits may repress their adventurousness for responsibilities. To refrain from feeling repressed, Type 1 and Type 2 ESTPs should set aside time for themselves and allow their passion to come first without guilt.
- Build your moral center: The ESTP personality isn’t inherently amoral, but those Enneatype 3 qualities may exhibit questionable ethics because they want to get ahead in the world. Type 3 Doers should hold onto their innate sense of drive. However, to develop themselves, Type 3 ESTPs should also build their moral center and evaluate the consequences of their overarching tendencies.
- Be more sensitive: As with conflict management, ESTP types are not very sensitive. Those with Enneatype 7 and Enneatype 8 characteristics exemplify the Doer’s insensitivity. To develop themselves and be more sensitive, Type 8 ESTPs use their leadership skills to encourage others to open up and learn more about their emotions. Meanwhile, Type 7 ESTPs may develop themselves by communicating with loved ones about how to better meet their friends and family’s emotional needs.
Who are the famous experts for the ESTP Enneagram type?
There are no famous experts for ESTP Enneagram types because there hasn’t been significant research into the topic. The ESTP and the Enneagram belong to two separate, competing personality typologies. With no official coverage, our analysis offers a window into the traits and values Doers may exhibit depending on their enneatype. Other third-party experts have also converged the MBTI and Enneagram systems. However, no accredited researcher has specifically analyzed ESTP Enneagram types.
What are the other personality Enneagram types close to ESTP Enneagram types?
The other personality Enneagram types that are likely close to ESTP Enneagram types include ESTJ, ISTP, and ENTP enneatypes. Doers have a lot in common with ESTJ, ISTP, and ENTP people due to their core traits and psychological functions. Since there hasn’t been extensive research into MBTI Enneagram types and their compatibility with other personalities, we infer that the ESTP enneatypes are similar to ESTJs, ISTPs, and ENTPs for the reasons listed below.
- ESTJ personalities: ESTJ types are close to Doers with Enneatype 1, 3, 8, and 9 characteristics for the following three reasons. Firstly, ESTJs are similarly ambitious and hardworking as Type 1 and Type 8 Doers due to their shared sense of responsibility. Secondly, ESTJs’ innate determination and keen senses are similar to that of Type 3 Doers. And finally, both ESTJs and Type 9 ESTPs value open communication, particularly for the sake of a harmonious workspace.
- ISTP personalities: ISTP types are close to ESTPs with Enneatype 7 and Enneatype 6 for two reasons. Firstly, ISTPs relate to Type 7 ESTPs’ spontaneity and passion for adventure due to their similar core values. And secondly, ISTPs and Type 6 ESTPs appreciate spending time alone. Type 6 Doers sometimes misidentify as ISTPs because they’re slightly more reserved than your average ESTP.
- ENTP personalities: ENTP types are close Doers with Enneatype 2, 4, and 5 for the following two reasons. Firstly, ENTPs are similarly analytical and introspective as Type 4 and Type 5 Doers due to their Intuition (N) function. Secondly, ENTPs relate to Type 2 Doers because they’re visionaries at heart, so they have big ideas about helping others.