The ISTP Enneagram adds several layers of analysis of behavioral psychology beyond the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The ISTP Enneagram system defines a range of personality subtypes by converging the MBTI with the Enneagram of Personality. The intersection of the MBTI’s subtypes with the nine Enneagram types (Enneatypes) provides a highly nuanced understanding of the complex ISTP personality type.View in gallery
According to the MBTI, the ISTP personality breaks down into two distinct categories, “Assertive” and “Turbulent”. Assertive ISTPs are bolder and more adept at handling life’s stresses. On the other hand, turbulent ISTPs are more fun-loving and value emotional connections with people. Both of these categories contain within them opposing aspects dubbed positive (+) and negative (-), which yield the four fundamental ISTP subtypes.
The MBTI’s four ISTP subtypes have the following basic characteristics and motivations.
- ISTP-A+ (The Leader): ISTP-A+ is a motivated and driven personality type. ISTP Leaders trust their intuition and readily own up to mistakes rather than looking for excuses.
- ISTP-T- (The Follower): ISTP-T- is a turbulent ISTJ personality type. ISTP Followers are perfectionists who fear failure as it would affect their worth to the group.
- ISTP-T+ (The Pleaser): ISTP-T+ is the second turbulent INTJ subtype. ISTP Pleasers find their worth in the value they bring to others, but may quickly lose track of their own happiness in the process.
- ISTP-A- (The Fighter): ISTP-A- is a serious yet highly self-critical character. The ISTP Fighter is a lone wolf who sets ambitious goals and punishes themselves when they don’t meet them.
The Enneagram system, on the other hand, assesses personality in three main groups: head, heart, and body. Each of these groups contains three Enneatypes, which share certain characteristics but diverge in other important aspects.
In total, there are nine Enneatypes, which possess the following traits and characteristics.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 1: Type 1 ISTPs are also known as the Perfectionist. ISTP Type 1 Perfectionists are body types who live life according to the rules. Following instructions and striving to be perfect in everything they do matters most to the ISTP Perfectionist subtype. ISTP Type 1 fears being seen as a negative character. However, this desire to be perfect makes them highly critical, with unequivocal and firm views on right and wrong.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 2: Type 2 ISTPs are known as the Giver. The ISTP Giver subtype is a heart personality type. Givers do everything in their power to help others, and strive to be seen as valuable members of their community. The giver subtype fears being disliked by those around them. However, this desire can sometimes mean they focus too much on others and forget to look after themselves.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 3: Type 3 ISTPs are also known as the Achiever. The ISTP Achiever subtype is a heart personality type. ISTP Achiever subtypes set high goals and have high expectations for themselves. However, their need to be seen by others as successful can lead them to become self-destructive. The Type 3 Achiever will lose sight of what makes them happy to keep up an appearance for external approval.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 4: Type 4 ISTPs are also known as the Individualist and are the third heart personality type. The ISTP Individualist subtype is a unique character that is sensitive and empathetic. ISTP Type 4s want to create deep emotional connections with people. The ISTP Individualist subtype fears losing their identity or being disregarded by their peers.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 5: Type 5 ISTPs are also known as the Investigator or Scientists. Type 5s are head types with a deep-rooted love for learning. They are highly analytical characters. However, this can also make them private and more socially isolated and awkward than other types.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 6: Type 6 ISTPs are also known as the Loyalist and are a head personality type. Loyalists are a calm and dependable personality type, placing great value on the depth of their friendships. They are always prepared for the worst, making them good in crises.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 7: Type 7 ISTPs are also known as Enthusiasts and are the third head personality type. The Enthusiast ISTP subtype is a fun and outgoing personality type. They hate to be confined or held back. With energy for days, the enthusiast subtype can often hide behind their zest for life, using it to avoid dealing with emotions or problems.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 8: Type 8 ISTPs are also known as the Challenger and are a body personality type. The Challenger ISTP subtype is the natural leader. They are bold and always know what they want. Their need for control stems from a desire to protect those around them. However, unhealthy type 8s can be controlling and confrontational.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 9: Type 9 ISTPs are also known as the Peacemaker and are the final body personality type. ISTP Enneagram type 9s are calm and easy-going characters. They hate conflict and crave a peaceful and stable life. However, unhealthy Peacemakers have no outlet for their bottled-up emotions and can become explosive.
1. ISTP-A+ Subtype (The Leader)
The ISTP-A+ Leader subtype is a bold and dominant character. Although the ISTP personality type remains Introversion dominant, the Leader subtype is the more forward and commanding subsection. Leaders take more pride in their appearance and dress in a way that demonstrates their higher confidence levels.
ISTP-A+ subtypes are motivated and passionate characters who are unafraid to come forward and take command. Their drive and initiative apply to the business world as much as it does to The Leader’s home and romantic life. ISTP-A+ will have the confidence to make the first move regarding dating or offering their point of view in a business meeting.
The core strength of the ISTP Leader is the passion they bring to everything they do. They always give 100% to any particular task or undertaking and are motivated by the self-satisfaction of a job well done rather than focusing on money or fame. Additionally, the ISTP Leader’s passion and drive mean they are willing to stand up and take the blame when they fail. However, the ISTP leader’s primary weakness is their unwavering dedication. ISTP Leaders focus on their goals and can become blinkered to the disadvantages of following a particular route.
2. ISTP-T- Subtype (The Follower)
The ISTP-T- Follower subtype is an introverted character who places value on the perception others have of them. Follower ISTPs are worried about their public persona and are likely to shy away from taking charge, assuming a background role. ISTP Followers will avoid drawing unnecessary attention to themselves and will look to dress in a way that allows them to blend into the crowd.
ISTP-T- Followers are less likely to make a move on a love interest or to assert themselves into a situation in the workplace proactively. Followers want to do a good job and show their value. However, they want to do so without over-exerting themselves, reducing the chance of failure and devaluing their worth to the group.
The core strength of the ISTP Follower is their flexibility and willingness to work with others to get a job done. Being part of a team allows the Follower to show their worth without taking the risk of failing on their own. Conversely, the primary weakness of the ISTP-T- Follower is their self-critical nature. The fear of failing and of being seen as someone who doesn’t pull their weight makes them become so preoccupied with work that they forget to enjoy life.
3. ISTP-T+ Subtype (The Pleaser)
The ISTP-T+ Pleaser is a positive and happy ISTP personality subtype. The Pleaser is an easygoing character who is more of a lone wolf than their counterparts. They enjoy being part of a group but are equally happy to explore new horizons on their own. Pleasers are confident in their identity yet have an underlying need for social acceptance.
An ISTP-T+ Pleaser is open to making the first move on a romantic interest. However, an underlying fear or rejection can hold them back. Pleasers want to appear happy and positive at all times, even during periods of trouble or stress. Pleasers are willing to adapt themselves to any role to fit in with the needs of the group, making them good team players when called upon.
The main strength of the ISTP-T+ Pleaser is its easy going nature. Pleasers are happy to adapt themselves to fit the needs of the group, as this helps them maintain the pretense of being happy and helpful characters in all situations. However, a primary weakness of the Pleaser ISTP subtype is the need for external validation. As a result, ISTP Pleasers can become anxious and unsettled when they feel underappreciated.
The Pleaser’s characteristics most closely align with the ISTP’s dominant internal thinking function. For this reason, ISTPs commonly resonate with ISTP-T+.
4. ISTP-A- Subtype (The Fighter)
The ISTP-A- Fighter subtype is serious and focused characters. Fighters are uninterested in external approval and do what they need to do for themselves. The ISTP Fighter subtype is confident and often carries the brooding loner moniker, giving them a mysterious appeal.
The bad boys of the ISTP personality types are always ready to make the first move in a relationship. However, they know what they want and are just as likely to end when they feel things have run their course. The ISTP fighter is not looking for external validation or praise in the business world. Instead, they focus on what they are passionate about.
The core strength of the ISTP-A- subtype is its independent nature. Unphased by external opinions, they do what they enjoy and follow their passions in life. However, a fundamental weakness of the ISTP Fighter subtype is that they can isolate themselves. With a strong focus on what they enjoy, ISTP-T- Fighters can disregard the feelings and emotions of others as they focus entirely on their passions. This can see them labeled as selfish or cold.
What are the ISTP Enneagram Types?
Below are the nine different ISTP Enneagram types.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 1: A body personality type also called the Perfectionist.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 2: A heart personality type also known as the Helper or Giver.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 3: A heart personality type also known as the Achiever.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 4: A heart personality type also called the Individualist.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 5: A head personality type also known as the Investigator or Scientist.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 6: A head personality type also called the Loyalist.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 7: A head personality type also called the Enthusiast.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 8: A body personality type also called the Challenger.
- ISTP Enneagram Type 9: A body personality type also known as the Peacemaker.
1. The ISTP Enneagram Type 1
The ISTP Enneagram type 1 is also known as the Perfectionist subtype. Type 1s are a body personality, which means a strong sense of intuition drives them. In addition, type 1 Enneagrams tend to have a fiercely independent streak.
Perfectionist ISTP enneagram subtypes are law-abiding citizens who always work hard and strive to be the best. They are serious and matter-of-fact and prefer to talk in facts, skipping the preamble and getting right down to business. The ISTP Perfectionist subtype is somewhat rigid and enjoys working and living according to plans and schedules. They do not enjoy acts of spontaneity or randomness.
The ISTP Enneagram Type 1 has three primary strengths. Firstly, ISTP Type 1s are ethical. The desire to be perfect sees the ISTP Type 1 place value not just on logical thought but also on the moral and ethical implications of their decisions. Secondly, Perfectionist ISTP subtypes are reliable. If they say they will do something, they will ensure it gets done and will not tolerate failure. Finally, ISTP Perfectionist subtypes are dedicated. They do their best to do the right thing for themselves and others, often to the point of burnout or self-sacrifice.
However, the ISTP Enneagram Type 1 also has three core weaknesses. Firstly, the ISTP Perfectionist subtype is highly critical. They expect perfection in everything they do, and they berate themselves when this is not achieved. Secondly, the Perfectionist subtype sees things in a very black-and-white manner. There is right and wrong, with no ground in between. This strict view of the world can negatively impact their various relationships. Finally, an unhealthy ISTP Perfectionist subtype can be explosive. If things are going awry or their schedule is disrupted, the Perfectionist subtype reacts aggressively and explosively.
Although ISTP tends to be male, Enneagram Type 1’s characteristics are equally prominent in both sexes. Perfectionist ISTPs live and die by their meticulous nature, aligning this Enneatype closely with Assertive ISTP subtypes.
2. The ISTP Enneagram Type 2
The ISTP Enneagram Type 2 subtype is also known as the Giver personality type. Givers are a heart type on the Enneagram, meaning they have strong emotional intelligence and trust this to help guide them.
The Giver ISTP subtype is a calm and patient personality type. The Giver subtype is nurturing, caring, and ready to help anybody. ISTP Givers are fantastic team players and always happy to get their hands dirty. Nothing is too much for a Giver subtype to do in the name of helping others. The ISTP Giver subtype finds its validation in the value they bring to others.
The ISTP Enneagram Type 2 subtype has three primary strengths. Firstly, healthy ISTP Giver subtypes are selfless. Their willingness to help is unconditional, and no matter the reason, Givers will jump to the rescue if someone asks them for aid. Secondly, the Giver ISTP subtype is altruistic. Their willingness to help and guide otters has nothing to do with themselves but everything to do with helping that person grow or understand their self-worth. Finally, the ISTP Enneagram type 2 is empathetic. The connections they form with people are built on an emotional foundation. Therefore, the ISTP Giver subtype forges genuine connections with people rather than anything superficial.
However, the ISTP Enneagram Giver subtype also has three primary weaknesses. Firstly, unhealthy ISTP Type 2s can become clingy. The need for external validation manifests as an unhealthy attachment to an individual. Secondly, the ISTP Giver subtype cannot deal with criticism. They take criticism, even when given constructively, as an attack and can be feisty in their response. Finally, the Giver ISTP subtype can suffer from burnout. Being too dedicated to helping others means the Giver subtype can neglect self-care and subsequently exhaust themselves.
The ISTP Giver’s empathetic nature more closely aligns with feminine gender roles. Thus ISTP Type 2 is more likely to be found among women than other ISTP Enneatypes. Although ISTPs are highly critical themselves, ISTP Givers are highly sensitive to receiving criticism in turn. Due to this challenging aspect of their natures, ISTP Enneagram Type 2 falls in line with Turbulent subtyping.
3. The ISTP Enneagram Type 3
The ISTP Enneagram type 3 is also known by the moniker of the Achiever. Achievers are heart personality types and therefore have strong emotional intelligence and are more attuned to the emotions and feelings of others.
The Achiever subtype ISTP is always busy and ensures their days are scheduled and occupied. They set high targets and do everything they can to meet them. Despite being natural introverts, they accept and understand the requirement for social niceties. Achievers strive to make a good first impression every time. Type three ISTPs are one of the rare Enneagram ISTP types, as the dominant traits lend themselves more naturally to those with a preference for extroversion.
The ISTP Enneagram type 3 subtype has three primary strengths. Firstly, the achiever subtype is highly productive. They find their self-worth in the length of their accomplishments, which drives them to set high goals and hold themselves accountable to high standards. Secondly, the Achiever subtype is organized. Schedules and structure make the Achiever’s hectic schedule possible. Without a rigid system in place, Achievers struggle to function. Finally, the ISTP Achiever subtype is confident. They know they have the skills to get the job done, whatever it is, which helps spur them on to achieve even more. This confidence is infectious, and others draw inspiration from the accomplishments.
However, the Enneagram ISTP type 3 also has three core weaknesses to its personality. Firstly, the Achiever ISTP subtype can be overly competitive. Achievers set high goals and want to be the best at everything. An unhealthy Type 3 ISTP can turn everything into a competition as their will to win overpowers them. Secondly, the Achiever subtype can suffer from intense mood swings. When things are going right, Achievers are confident and ready for anything, but this ISTP subtype can lash out at a moment’s notice when things do not go their way. Finally, Achiever subtypes can be untrustworthy. Reaching their goals is their goal. The route they must take to get there can be irrelevant. As such, the ISTP Type 3 can be ruthless and willing to stab people in the back to get ahead.
Michael Jordan is the quintessential ISTP Type 3 due to his drive to succeed on the basketball court while marketing himself as a friendly brand. Achiever ISTP’s Machiavellian tendencies tend to most closely align with masculine traits and the ISTP-A- subtype.
4. The ISTP Enneagram Type 4
The ISTP Enneagram type 4 is also called the Individualist. Individualists are the final heart personality type. Heart-type 4s long for deep and meaningful connections with people; however, they are also troubled because they fear their uniqueness may drive people away.
The Individualist ISTP subtype is creative and accepts that they are different from everybody else. This can leave ISTP Type 4 torn between accepting who they are and trying to fit into the world around them. Healthy ISTP subtype 4s embrace their individuality through creative endeavors. In contrast, an unhealthy ISTP Individualist subtype will find themselves withdrawing from society because their uniqueness makes them too different from their peers.
The ISTP Enneagram type 4 has three premier strengths that help to identify their personality type. Firstly, this ISTP subtype is creative. Those with an ISTP Individualist subtype use their unique take on the world to create art – in all its forms – making their impression on the world. Secondly, ISTP Enneagram Type 4s are empathetic. The Individualist subtype has a deep understanding of human emotion. This understanding allows them to grow into healthy adults. Finally, the individualist subtype is understanding. Embracing the uniqueness of their identity also allows this ISTP subtype to be more understanding of the world around them. Therefore, they keep an open mind and refrain from judging a book by its cover.
However, the ISTP Individualist subtype also has three core weaknesses to its character. Firstly, the Individualist subtype can be moody. Due to the inner conflict of their own character, Individualists can overthink things, which results in a highly introspective and temperamental personality. Secondly, ISTP type 4s react negatively in stressful situations. They can get stuck in a negative thought cycle when things are not going right and sink into depression. Finally, an unhealthy ISTP Individualist subtype has an addictive personality. ISTP Type 4s are prone to seeking external stimuli from alcohol or hallucinogenic drugs.
Like many musicians, Keith Richards fits the Individualist ISTP traits. Although he comes across as the most reserved member of the Rolling stones, he has a rich inner creativity–and of course an infamous propensity for drug use. Richards and other Individualist ISTPs align closely with feminine and ISTP-T- traits.
5. The ISTP Enneagram Type 5
The ISTP Enneagram type 5 is also known as the Investigator. The Investigator subtype is the first head type on the Enneagram. Head personality types rely on logical reasoning over emotional or intuition-based responses.
The ISTP Investigator subtype is also referred to as the Scientist. This ISTP subtype has a thirst for knowledge and looks to learn about the world as much as possible. However, this quest for greater understanding can make the ISTP Investigator subtype a solitary character.
ISTP Enneagram type 5 has three core strengths that can be used to help determine a person’s underlying character subtype. Firstly, the Investigator subtype is insightful. The ISTP type 5 subtype observes and understands before they offer their thoughts, and as such, when they speak, it is well thought out and often provides a perspective that many others may miss. Secondly, the ISTP Scientist subtype is a great problem solver. The thirst for knowledge innate in this ISTP subtype makes them very intelligent. They are constantly looking to learn more about what is happening around them. The Scientist subtype digs deep into a problem, aiming to understand it from all sides before attempting to offer a solution. Finally, the ISTP Investigator subtype is calm under pressure and not prone to acting rashly. Due to the propensity for rational thought, the ISTP type 5 subtype remains calm and avoids the common pitfalls associated with knee-jerk responses.
However, the type 5 ISTP Enneagram subtype has three core weaknesses that are also inherently associated with their personality. Firstly, the ISTP Scientist subtype is emotionally closed. The ISTP subtype prioritizes rational thought and logic over emotions, making them appear cold and closed off. As a result, unhealthy type 5 ISTPs can struggle to form meaningful relationships. Secondly, ISTP Scientist subtypes can be highly solitary, and they can become reclusive in unhealthy examples of the subtype. Cutting themselves off from their family and friends in their quest for knowledge. Finally, the Investigator subtype can become argumentative, especially when their thoughts and views are challenged. Their stubborn refusal to look beyond the logical can see heated debates become a regular occurrence, costing them friendships along the way.
A famous example of the ISTP Enneagram type 5 is Indiana Jones. Indie is daring and inventive in the pursuit of precious knowledge and artifacts. However, at his core he is a mild-mannered introvert who just wants to nerd out over museum pieces. Still, a leader is a Leader, so Indiana Jones and other ISTP Type 5s fit the bill of ISTP-A+.
6. The ISTP Enneagram Type 6
The ISTP Enneagram type 6 is called the Loyalist but is also known as the Skeptic. Loyalist Type 6s are a head personality type and are practical to the extreme. Loyalists are always prepared for every eventuality and always plan ahead.
The ISTP Loyalist subtype is a great friend, loyal and dependable. This ISTP enneagram subtype is the prepared member of the group—a character who is ready for anything at all times. The Loyalist subtype is organized and appreciates structure. Although Head personalities struggle with emotions, the ISTP Skeptic subtype has a small, close-knit circle of friends.
The ISTP Enneagram type 6 subtype has three primary strengths that help identify its specific subtype. Firstly, the Sceptic ISTP subtype is a good communicator. Logical thinking trumps emotional responses, and all communication is well thought out and practical. Secondly, the Loyalist ISTP subtype is a great team player. They will always try their hardest and do everything they can to complete a task and understand it from every perspective. Finally, the ISTP type 6 subtype is honest. A type 6 ISTP will not tell you a tale or lie to you for convenience. While it can sometimes be hard to hear, the Loyalist ISTP will always tell you the truth.
However, the ISTP Enneagram Sceptic subtype also has three key weaknesses. Firstly, the Sceptic subtype is pessimistic. While logical thinkers, Loyalists approach things by planning for the worst possible scenario. Secondly, the ISTP Loyalist subtype is anxious. Always on their guard and expecting the worst outcome from things makes ISTP type 6s nervous characters. Skeptic subtypes also become anxious when placed in stressful situations or during a time of personal turmoil. Finally, the type 6 ISTP can form unhealthy codependency habits with another person. Clinginess can overpower their sense as they look outward for emotional stability.
Vladimir Putin is a classic ISTP Enneagram Type 6. Putin’s pragmatic yet paranoid vision of the world drives his geopolitical ambitions and actions. His anxious and unilateral style of governing aligns closely to the ISTP-A- subtype.
7. The ISTP Enneagram Type 7
The ISTP Enneagram type 7 is also known as the Enthusiast. The Enthusiast subtype is the last of the head personality types on the Enneagram. This ISTP subtype has energy for days and is always ready to go.
The Enthusiast ISTP subtype is an active and adventurous soul who is always looking for new things to do and experiences to have. The world is a playground, and this ISTP enneagram type wants to experience as much as possible.
The ISTP Enneagram type 7 subtype has three primary strengths that identify its character. Firstly, the Enthusiast subtype is full of energy. Like a child on Christmas morning, the ISTP type 7 has boundless energy and loves life. Secondly, the ISTP Enthusiast subtype is optimistic. The ISTP Enneagram 7 subtype always looks on the bright side of life. They see the good in every situation and embody an optimistic mindset. Finally, the Enneagram Type 7 ISTP subtype is altruistic. Not only do they seek out experiences to make their own life enjoyable, but the Enthusiast subtype is just as eager to help others find fulfillment in their lives.
However, the Enthusiast ISTP subtype also has three core weaknesses that define its personality type. Firstly, the Enthusiast subtype uses fun as a coping mechanism for emotional pain. Head-type personalities are the most emotionally awkward and often find ways to avoid dealing with emotional life events. Secondly, the ISTP enthusiast subtype can burn out. This ISTP subtype struggles to recognize its limits, pushing itself until they drop. Finally, the ISTP Enthusiast subtype can struggle to find their true identity or calling. This Enneatype aligns closely with turbulent ISTP traits, flitting from one hobby or job to another, moving on as soon as the initial luster has worn off. This can lead to an empty life and a feeling of chronic unfulfillment.
Virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini is the archetypal Enthusiast ISTP. Paganini toured prolifically and lived to thrill a crowd. However, he also experienced profound burnout while pursuing his fame, turning to alcohol, gambling, and womanizing. Type 5 Niccolo Paganini fits the Pleaser ISTP-T+ subtype.
8. The ISTP Enneagram Type 8
The ISTP Enneagram type 8 also goes by the moniker of the Challenger. The Challenger ISTP subtype is an Enneagram body personality type and relies on gut intuition when it comes to much of their decision-making.
The ISTP Challenger subtype is confident, assertive, and needs to be in control of every situation. Challenger subtypes are goal-oriented in all walks of life. They are always on the move and are defiant in the face of adversity.
The ISTP Enneagram type 8 subtype has three primary strengths that help identify their personality subtype. Firstly, they are strong leaders. The Challenger subtype is not only bold and confident, but they stand up and support those that are in need. The ISTP Challenger subtype is frequently known as a champion for their local community. Secondly, Challengers are committed. Once this ISTP subtype sets their mind to a task, they will see it through and ensure that everything is in place for long-term success before they move on to something else. Finally, the Challenger ISTP subtype is generous. With the overarching personality type being introversion dominant, the ISTP maintains a smaller social circle. Still, the ISTP Challenger subtype is generous to the friends they allow to get close to them. This generosity includes their time, advice, and any required assistance.
However, the ISTP type 8 Enneagram subtype has three driving character weaknesses. Firstly, the Challenger subtype can be controlling. Challenger ISTPs have a need for command and to feel as if they are in control of everything. When the Enneagram type 8 is considered unhealthy, this manifests as being overbearing and controlling in ways extending beyond leadership. Secondly, the ISTP Enneagram type 8 can be explosive when their views of leadership are opposed. The Challenger ISTP subtype is a natural leader, and when challenged, they can quickly become confrontational and even aggressive. Finally, unhealthy ISTP Type 8s can become detached from their emotions and those of others in their quest for power and control. This makes the Challenger subtype seem cold and stiff and can isolate them from those they hold close.
The cerebral, domineering ISTP Challenger aligns closely with masculinity as well as ISTP-A subtypes.
9. The ISTP Enneagram Type 9
The ISTP Enneagram type 9 is also known as the Peacemaker. It is the final body personality type and also the last Enneagram type. Like other body types, the ISTP Peacemaker subtype relies on intuition and listens to its gut when making decisions.
The ISTP Peacemaker subtype is calm and mild-mannered. Peacemaker subtypes are likable characters who avoid drama and attempt to diffuse any tense situation. The ISTP Peacemaker subtype has a calming aura around them, which puts people at ease in their presence.
The ISTP Enneagram type 9 Peacemaker has three identifiable strengths. Firstly, the Peacemaker subtype is calm and collected. Peacemaker ISTP subtypes have a near-zen-like quality about them. Bringing a tranquil attitude to any situation, they naturally facilitate a positive energy flow through any group. Secondly, the ISTP Peacemaker subtype is an excellent communicator. Eloquent and mild-mannered, the Peacemaker subtype remains calm and communicates cooly and quickly. The natural eloquence of the type 9 ISTP is an ideal diffusing mechanism for tense or stressful situations. Finally, the Type 9 ISTP Peacemaker subtype is humble. Power or accolades are not motivating factors for the Peacemaker subtype. Simple things bring great pleasure to the Peacemaker ISTP subtype, who will yield or shy away from being the direct leader of the group but are always willing to put in the extra work to keep group harmony and avoid rocking the boat.
However, the ISTP Enneagram type 9 Peacemaker also has three personality-defining weaknesses. Firstly, unhealthy examples of the ISTP Peacemaker subtype can be emotionally explosive. Playing the calm mediator comes naturally to this ISTP subtype; however, without finding a release for their emotions and stresses, the Peacemaker subtype can become emotionally unstable and reactionary. Secondly, the ISTP Enneagram type 9 Peacemaker subtype can become excellent procrastinators. The ISTP Peacemaker subtype will start to put off important tasks, slipping into laid-back cruise control that sees them achieve nothing. Finally, the ISTP Peacemaker subtype is prone to burnout. Taking on everybody’s problems and helping diffuse escalating situations takes its toll, and if exposed to too much, the Peacemaker subtype can become emotionally overloaded and burn out.
ISTP Enneagram Type 9 has many traits in common with the ISTP-T+ subtype. Both Peacemakers and Pleasers have a natural inclination towards diplomacy–at times to a fault. The ISTP Peacemaker’s humility and composure resonate with feminine characteristics. However the cool-headed, personable rapper Snoop Dogg is a prominent ISTP Type 9 who shows this typing is not exclusive to women.
How to understand which ISTP Enneagram type you are?
The following three steps will help you understand which ISTP Enneagram type you are.
- Take the MBTI Test: Confirming you have an ISTP personality on the MBTI is the first step to take, as this will help you better understand your personality placement on the Enneagram.
- Take the Enneagram Test: The Enneagram test allows you to understand the different Enneagram types and find the one that best matches your overarching ISTP personality type.
- Contrast and Compare: Take the time to study the different enneagram types, overlaying the results of your MBTI test too. This affords you a granular view of your personality against each of the nine Enneagram types. You can then deduce which ISTP Enneagram type best matches your personality subtype.
How are ISTP Enneagram types classified?
The nine ISTP Enneagram types are classified based on the heart-body-head triangle, which forms the three centers of the Enneagram.
The Enneagram model was founded on the Fourth Way concept of George Gurdjieff. Identifying the nine Enneagram personality points is attributed to Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo. The Enneagram types are classified based on the dominant traits that arise from an individual’s exposure to life’s trauma.
The ISTP Enneagram types are classified by applying the results of the MBTI test over the enneagram type definitions.
How are ISTP Enneagram types found?
The ISTP Enneagram types are not a recognized personality grouping in clinical psychology. Instead, they result from overlapping two opposing typologies constructed upon different sources of personality development.
The ISTP personality type is one of the sixteen personalities identified on the MBTI. The test was created by the mother-daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers. Their test was derived from the work of psychologist Carl Jung. The Enneagram concept was born in 1915 to philosopher George Gurdjieff with the nine personality points being incorporated by Oscar Ichazo in the 1960s.
What is the ISTP Enneagram test?
There is no specific ISTP Enneagram test. Anybody looking to analyze their personality to this degree should take the MBTI test and the Enneagram test independently, overlay the results and compare them to find the closest match between them.
How does MBTI interpret ISTP Enneagram types with the help of Enneagram?
The MBTI does not directly interpret the ISTP Enneagram types. The MBTI and Enneagram and two opposing models that use different lines of thought on the personality construct to form their ideology.
The MBTI and the Enneagram can be overlapped and comparisons drawn between the different Enneagram types to the core motivations of the sixteen MBTI personalities, but this is not a recognized scientific process. The MBTI bases its assessment on personality as being innate in each person at birth. The Enneagram assumes that personality arises from exposure to life’s traumas. These opposing ideologies offer enough separation that they can be combined under certain conditions. However, the MBTI and Enneagram remain separate entities that will compete against each other for use in many situations.
ISTP Enneagram type quiz example
There is no dedicated ISTP Enneagram quiz that exists. Instead, the INTP Enneagram is a combination of two separate personality typologies.
The MBTI and Enneagram both approach the concept of personality from different angles. Overlapping the two sets of results gives a complete analysis of an individual’s character. The MBTI looks at personality as a constant from birth, while the Enneagram sees the personality form as a result of life trauma.
How can ISTP Enneagram types develop themselves?
ISTP Enneagram types can develop themselves by identifying the strengths and weaknesses associated with their Enneagram type and actively ensuring they work on improving themselves where necessary. All ISTP Enneagram types are governed by dominant traits for introversion, sensing, thinking, and perceiving. Therefore, character development for the ISTP Enneagram would see development possible within the constraints of their dominant cognitive functions.
Each Enneagram type has two corresponding lines connected to them. These lines are growth and stress lines. The positive ‘growth’ line shows the direction in which any Enneagram type will move as they grow. This growth and development does not change the underlying Enneagram type but instead indicates the positive traits that the type can exhibit. Every ISTP Enneagram type has healthy and unhealthy characteristics. By actively focusing on improving their weaknesses while maintaining their strengths, each Enneagram type can ensure they develop into healthy examples of their personality.
For example, the ISTP Enneagram type 5 has a growth line towards the type 8 Challenger subtype. The ISTP Type 5 Enneagram subtype loves to learn but can often isolate themselves in their quest for knowledge. The positive development of the Investigator subtype will see them become more confident and exhibit the sort of leadership qualities associated with the growth line Enneagram type.
Who are the famous experts for ISTP Enneagram types?
Below are the famous experts for the ISTP Enneagram Types. These experts do not include the creators of the MBTI or the Enneagram but instead focus on those who have become expert voices within the field as it exists.
- Victor Gulenko (1958): Gulenko was born in Kyiv and is a Ukrainian researcher, author, and founder of the School of Humanitarian Socionics in his home city. Gulenko is the author of Introduction to Socionics and Socioanalysis for Leaders, as well as other books.
- Valentina Meged (1951): Merged is a Kyiv-born psychologist, author, and researcher of socionics. Valentine Meged is married to fellow socionist Anatoliy Ovcharov. Together, they have authored several works on personality types like ISTP subtypes under the socionist typology.
- Anatoliy Ovcharov (1952): Ovcharov is a Russian sociologist, author, and researcher of socionics. Ovcharov was born in Kyiv and has authored and co-authored several books with his wife, Valentine Meged, on personality types, including ISTP subtypes.
What are the other personality Enneagram types close to ISTP Enneagram types?
There has been no direct research into the best personality type matches for ISTP Enneagram types. However, all nine types of the ISTP Enneagram have a distinct set of traits and a subset of strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, the possible connections could be deduced by analyzing these and comparing them to other MBTI Enneagram personality overlays. However, there would be no scientific backing for their association.
For the overarching ISTP personality type, it is accepted that the ESTP is one of the kindred spirits and therefore forms strong bonds with the ISTP. Deductive reasoning would then assume that any ESTP Enneagram subtypes would be well suited to the corresponding ISTP subtype.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is better for relationships?
The ISTP Enneagram Type 4 is better for relationships. The ISTP Type 4 is the most romantic of all the Enneagram types. The Individualist subtype seeks out deep and meaningful relationships, but on an emotional connection. ISTP type 4s are heart-based personalities and, as such, are more in tune with their emotions and have a deeper appreciation for their various relationships.
The ISTP Type 2 Helper subtype is possibly a more giving partner than the type 4. However, the selflessness of the Helper subtype can come to the detriment of their romantic relationships. Similarly, the Type 3 goes to great lengths to make an effort in their relationships but can become too concerned with their outward projection of success that they forget what is really important.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is better for a career?
The ISTP Enneagram type 6 is the better personality for a career. However, this depends on whether looking at it from the perspective of who performs better or who climbs the highest in their career.
The ISTP type 6 Loyalist subtype is the best employee and contributes the most to the workplace. Dedicating their time to getting things done, whether for themselves or as part of a larger team. However, the ISTP type 3 Achiever is the more likely Enneagram type to climb the corporate ladder and make better bosses or leaders.
The ISTP Loyalist subtype is a head personality type, meaning they are more prone to rational thought than emotion-driven responses, giving them a more determined edge in the workplace.
Which ISTP Enneagram type are better artists?
The ISTP Enneagram type 4 is the better artist. The Individualist ISTP subtype is highly creative and unafraid to be its authentic self. Self-expression and an ability to understand the emotions of others mean the Individualist subtype can create art that speaks to people of many levels. A propensity for thinking also allows them to view their art and its meaning from a different perspective, keeping their work fresh and inventive.
The Investigator ISTP subtype also has a highly creative nature. However, this is directed more toward exploration and knowledge gain rather than artistic expression. To the Investigator subtype, creativity and artistry lie in the different dimensions from which they can view or approach a problem to develop ideal solutions.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is better for family life?
The ISTP Peacemaker subtype is the better Enneagram for family life. A healthy peacemaker is a friendly and easygoing character. Enneagram type 9s can read a situation and are adept at diffusing any moments of family drama. ISTP Enneagram type 9s are quiet and accommodating types who are happy to be part of a team and function well within a group. This is a vital skill of any successful family dynamic. The ISTP Peacemaker subtype is the ideal lynchpin of a family through which everything revolves.
The type 2 ISTP Helper subtype is also a valuable family member. However, the willingness to help fulfills a different role within the family dynamic. The Helper subtype is more subservient and adapts itself to keep the peace, while the Peacemaker is more vocal and offers solutions to diffuse different situations.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is better for sensitive people?
The ISTP Enneagram type 2 is better for sensitive people. The Helper subtype is calm and gentle. Natural givers, ISTP Helper subtypes connect with people on a deep emotional level and always go out of their way to ensure they are cared for. Sensitive people will feel at ease in the company of the ISTP Type 2 helper.
The ISTP Enneagram type 9 Peacemaker is also a gentle and nurturing personality. However, they are not as self-sacrificing as the type 2. A healthy Helper subtype is more approachable and less likely to make a sensitive person feel uncomfortable.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is more confident?
The ISTP Enneagram type 8 Challenger subtype is the most confident. The Challenger subtype is a bold and motivated leader. Taking charge comes naturally to the ISTP Enneagram type 8, who have tremendous self-confidence.
The ISTP Enneagram type 3 Achiever is also a confident Enneagram type; however, they lack the desire to be in command or control everything to the same micro-level as the Challenger.
Confidence is also a relative term, as the ISTP Enneagram types are all Introversion dominant. As such, they all have a natural propensity to be quiet and avoid draining social encounters. However, within the specific personality subset of the ISTP Enneagram, the type 8 Challenger is the most confident.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is better for teamwork?
The ISTP Enneagram type 6 Loyalist is the best Enneagram type for teamwork. The Loyalist subtype is dedicated to a fault and always willing to go the extra mile for the team. Loyalists always prepare for every eventuality, and so when it comes to being part of a team, they quickly become the one people go to when stuck in need of assistance.
Another great ISTP Enneagram type for teamwork is the Type 3 Achiever. The Achiever subtype is competitive and always strives to reach its goals. Working as part of a team means they will do anything for the team to succeed. However, teamwork does not come as naturally to the Achiever subtype as it does to the ISTP Enneagram type 6.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is more resilient to stress?
The ISTP Enneagram type 8 is the most resilient to stress. However, no single ISTP Enneagram type is immune to stress. Under the right conditions, each of the nine ISTP Enneagram types is susceptible to stress.
Every ISTP Enneagram type is Introversion dominant, meaning their stress response is consistently higher than any of the extroverted personality types. However, within the ISTP framework, the Challenger subtype is the least likely to feel stressed and the most likely to react to stress positively.
Which ISTP Enneagram type is the most common?
The most common ISTP Enneagram is the ISTP Type 5. Many correlations can be drawn when comparing the MBTI ISTP and the Enneagram Type 5s. Both personality types thirst for learning and yearn to understand the world around them. ISTP Type 5s have dominant introverted thinking, and as a result, both the MBTI and Enneagram personalities have a propensity for deep thought and planning before action.
Do ISTP Enneagram types change according to gender?
No, ISTP Enneagram types do not change according to gender. Certain ISTP Enneagram types may be more prevalent in individuals of a particular gender. However, the base definition of the ISTP Enneagram types does not change. Statistically, 6.3% of males have an ISTP Enneagram type, as opposed to just 4.8% of females. Therefore, there is a higher chance that any given ISTP Enneagram type is male.
Can someone change their character from an ISTP Enneagram Type to another?
No, someone cannot change their character from an ISTP Enneagram type to another. However, each of the nine ISTP Enneagram types has growth lines that connect to other types. These growth lines indicate room for healthy personality development.
Unlike the MBTI, which paints the ISTP personality as an absolute, the ISTP Enneagram allows for character or personality development through exposure to life stresses and trauma. As a result, the ISTP Enneagram accounts for unhealthy, regular, and healthy development arcs and can give the impression that someone’s ISTP Enneagram type has changed.
Can someone be from multiple ISTP Enneagram Types?
No, a person cannot be from multiple ISTP Enneagram Types. However, the Enneagram personality model has growth and stress lines and wings. These make it seem like a person has multiple applicable ISTP Enneagram types. However, there is only ever one core dominant ISTP type or sub-types. Growth lines indicate the traits a healthy ISTP Enneagram type could build upon, while likewise, wings are traits connected with adjacent ISTP Enneagram types.