I recently took an Enneagram personality test, and my results were Type 5: Investigator. Based on a few articles I read, many INTJs also get the Enneagram Type 5. However, some INTJs do get different results.
In this article, I’ll briefly cover the Enneagram personality model, and I’ll also post a video below. At the end of the video, I show my Enneagram results from the The Enneagram Institute website.
Enneagram Personality Test
The Enneagram is a personality type model that uses nine different types, as opposed to the Myers-Briggs sixteen types. Each of the nine numbers correspond to your dominant personality type, but you can also have what they term “wings,” which are two other adjacent types on the Enneagram chart. Your wing(s) will influence your dominant behavior.
The numbers 1-9 don’t mean anything, they just help distinguish types. In other words, an Enneagram 4 is no better than an Enneagram 5 type, and vice versa. They just possess different characteristics.
INTJ Enneagram Type
INTJs may get different scores on the Enneagram test, but many do seem to get an Enneagram Type 5: Investigator. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean you’re not an INTJ. I’ve read that some Enneagrams are type four, and so on.
Many Enneagram type descriptions will break down each type based on mental health status. For example, if you’re health as a type 5, you’ll be a “visionary.” If you’re unhealthy, you’ll become isolated and nihilistic. (I have an article on INTJ Isolation).
Some call the Enneagram model a pseudoscience. However, many people also consider the Myers-Briggs typology to be a pseudoscience. I’m not crazy about the Enneagram system, especially the recommendation methods to achieve higher functioning, but the article on my type was interesting.
After reading several articles on the Enneagram Type 5: Investigator, I’d say that I have to agree with the majority of the descriptions. However, in my opinion, the Myers-Briggs system is more well-rounded and has more practical information. No personality assessment is perfect, but I do enjoy reading observations of certain types, which I do find relatively accurate.
Here’s a description of the Enneagram Type 5 from The Enneagram Institute:
“Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
In the Thinking Center, Fives have fear about the outer world and about their capacity to cope with it. Thus, they cope with their fear by withdrawing from the world. Fives become secretive, isolated loners who use their minds to penetrate into the nature of the world. Fives hope that eventually, as they understand reality on their own terms, they will be able to rejoin the world and participate in it, but they never feel they know enough to participate with total confidence. Instead, they involve themselves with increasingly complex inner worlds.”
You can take a free “sampler” test on The Enneagram Institute’s website (free registration required). As I mentioned above, you can see my results in the video if you want to compare.
INTJ Enneagram Type 5: Conclusion
In conclusion, many INTJs get the Enneagram Type 5 results, which makes sense considering the fact that we are the most independent and secretive of all types. However, your results may vary. I did think the type descriptions on most websites were mostly accurate.