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    What is your MBTI type? I'm a 6w5 and I'm still trying to determine my MBTI type (I'm think I'm pretty close...but then I'm a doubter after all...so it's hard to feel like I've nailed it!) :p I flirt between NFJ and NFP.

    I would have made a poll, but I don't know how, so please simply tell me what your ennea number is, what your MBTI type is, and why you believe that is the case for you. The more details/descriptions the better. Thanks! luna~

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    I claim to be an INFP 6w7 sp/so, but people say that that just doesn't work. I realize it is unlikely. I thought I might be able to get away with INFP though, because The Enneagram Institute informed me:

    Sixes correspond to Jung's introverted feeling type. Even though they belong to the Thinking Center, Sixes are also emotional because their feelings are affected by anxiety.
    I am not sure how scholarly credible the site is (I have been conscious of this lately what with all the "folk typology" noise) but as far as the internet goes, they seem pretty established. Even so, I probably am an ENFP, BUT my first instinct is to be introverted. I usually start off very shy, and once the danger scan has been done, the extroverted functions are then given the okay to emerge from their hidey-hole. Which reminds me of my first high school dance. I brought Crime and Punishment "just in case" and spent the first hour hiding in a corner, observing my sweaty, libidinous peers. After I recognized some people I knew well and grasped the situation I made a few jokes and eased my way in. I ended up going rather berserk dancing with many girls (and guys) and performing a humorous pole dance with many a pelvic undulation. I was a "slow to warm up" child as they say in childhood development books. To be fair, I suppose that was only a few years ago, so I shouldn't act too "back in the day" about the experience.

    I am not sure if that sounds very INFP, but my concept of ENFP is that they are ready for anything and are quick to adapt. This is not me. I become a very good improviser when allowed to warm-up, get comfortable, let go of my self-consciousness. My theatre teacher says I am very hot and cold, in keeping with this thermal theme, because I swing between the poles of shy/self-conscious and outrageously boisterous and improvisational. I am probably overthinking it, but I just don't know how to reoncile my enneagram with my Myers-Briggs. I suspect I have one of them typed wrong, but I just don't see myself as an INFP/4 or an ENFP/6w7.

    I feel like it's just an XNFP question. I am definitely an F, because my thinking is almost exclusively people-oriented, and I always feel so traitorous using Fe instead of Fi even though I am pretty good with the former. I doubt I am an S, because I am never present (I am actually enrolled in a course to help ground me in present, sensory experience), and I really doubt I have Ni, but maybe that's where I am going wrong. And I am so sure about my Enneagram type, that i find it hard to believe that's what I did wrong. I REALLY identify with 6w7 self pres. Perhaps this is my own lack of self-awareness, but I like to think I am reasonably honest and perceptive on the subject of myself.

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    i relate to that except backwards...i'm a 7w6 and i think my instinct is to be all out there...but i'm aware of how i'm being perceived so i'll retract or withdraw if it's too much...so i can appear shy or even aloof if i feel unaccepted for whatever reason
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    I am an IxFP. I would say I have a pretty well developed intution.. But I can shut it down and not trust it and only believe what I see sometimes even if bells are going off all around me. This tends to happen under stress.
    My Enneagram type is 6w5 or 4w5 both describe me quite well.
    It's hard to say right now.. because I was introduced to MBTI at a stage where I was experiencing my 1st real existential crisis. I have been somewhat in peices for a while and still not sure quite what is what.. I have listened to my inner critic for far too long and have let the odd person's opinion carry far too much sway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    I claim to be an INFP 6w7 sp/so, but people say that that just doesn't work. I realize it is unlikely. I thought I might be able to get away with INFP though, because The Enneagram Institute informed me:



    I am not sure how scholarly credible the site is (I have been conscious of this lately what with all the "folk typology" noise) but as far as the internet goes, they seem pretty established. Even so, I probably am an ENFP, BUT my first instinct is to be introverted. I usually start off very shy, and once the danger scan has been done, the extroverted functions are then given the okay to emerge from their hidey-hole. Which reminds me of my first high school dance. I brought Crime and Punishment "just in case" and spent the first hour hiding in a corner, observing my sweaty, libidinous peers. After I recognized some people I knew well and grasped the situation I made a few jokes and eased my way in. I ended up going rather berserk dancing with many girls (and guys) and performing a humorous pole dance with many a pelvic undulation. I was a "slow to warm up" child as they say in childhood development books. To be fair, I suppose that was only a few years ago, so I shouldn't act too "back in the day" about the experience.

    From what I've read on this site and in general, no one can tell you what your type is...only you can know that If you're a 6w7 and you feel more INFP...who's to say it's not possible? Have you studied up on extroverted vs. introverted? I thought I was introverted until I met Orange Appled! She set me straight :-) I have a lot of seemingly introverted tendencies...but when I compare my behavior with hers (and hubby who is a definite introvert), I see that I'm a shy, withdrawing, and quiet extrovert! It probably has a lot to do with low self esteem and my 5 wing! And major life changing experiences. But at my core...I believe I am an extrovert...just a more introverted one


    I am not sure if that sounds very INFP, but my concept of ENFP is that they are ready for anything and are quick to adapt. This is not me. I become a very good improviser when allowed to warm-up, get comfortable, let go of my self-consciousness. My theatre teacher says I am very hot and cold, in keeping with this thermal theme, because I swing between the poles of shy/self-conscious and outrageously boisterous and improvisational. I am probably overthinking it, but I just don't know how to reoncile my enneagram with my Myers-Briggs. I suspect I have one of them typed wrong, but I just don't see myself as an INFP/4 or an ENFP/6w7.

    This makes me wonder if perhaps NFP is in fact not my type? I am not ready for anything! There's so much to learn here...it's hard to get a grip on all the info. I feel like I still don't understand the difference between NFJ and NFP well enough to type myself! As far as the enneagram goes, I'd love to know why you have considered 4w5 and 6w7. I know the enneagram better than MBTI...so if I can help at all, please let me know!

    I feel like it's just an XNFP question. I am definitely an F, because my thinking is almost exclusively people-oriented, and I always feel so traitorous using Fe instead of Fi even though I am pretty good with the former. I doubt I am an S, because I am never present (I am actually enrolled in a course to help ground me in present, sensory experience), and I really doubt I have Ni, but maybe that's where I am going wrong. And I am so sure about my Enneagram type, that i find it hard to believe that's what I did wrong. I REALLY identify with 6w7 self pres. Perhaps this is my own lack of self-awareness, but I like to think I am reasonably honest and perceptive on the subject of myself.
    So interesting! I am also reasonably honest and perceptive...at least I have been told as much Can I ask what else makes you think you're a 6w7? (Please ignore me if you don't feel like sharing!)

    Thanks for responding! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady X View Post
    i relate to that except backwards...i'm a 7w6 and i think my instinct is to be all out there...but i'm aware of how i'm being perceived so i'll retract or withdraw if it's too much...so i can appear shy or even aloof if i feel unaccepted for whatever reason
    It makes me sad that you have to change yourself for others. I love your energy!! It may not be who I am or at a level I am comfortable with for myself, but I think your positive energy is so raw and fun! You are obviously very creative and upbeat! I think that's a great way to be and to see the world! :-) (Hope you don't mind my 2 cents!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Exit View Post
    I am an IxFP. I would say I have a pretty well developed intution.. But I can shut it down and not trust it and only believe what I see sometimes even if bells are going off all around me. This tends to happen under stress.
    My Enneagram type is 6w5 or 4w5 both describe me quite well.
    It's hard to say right now.. because I was introduced to MBTI at a stage where I was experiencing my 1st real existential crisis. I have been somewhat in peices for a while and still not sure quite what is what.. I have listened to my inner critic for far too long and have let the odd person's opinion carry far too much sway.
    I'm sorry to hear about your crisis how did you handle it, if I may ask? Have you considered that this may give you some insight into your type?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunalove View Post
    It makes me sad that you have to change yourself for others. I love your energy!! It may not be who I am or at a level I am comfortable with for myself, but I think your positive energy is so raw and fun! You are obviously very creative and upbeat! I think that's a great way to be and to see the world! :-) (Hope you don't mind my 2 cents!)
    aww that's sweet of you to say but...it's fine. it's not often i find myself in that sort of company...but i can be quite weird and silly and some people are just more conservative...it's fine really.
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    I'm right on the border of 5/6, though I identify as 6w5, and I'm INTP, with the P>J slight enough that INTX might be accurate. I don't know a lot about enneagram, but my understanding is that 6 can translate to just about any MBTI type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burymecloser View Post
    I'm right on the border of 5/6, though I identify as 6w5, and I'm INTP, with the P>J slight enough that INTX might be accurate. I don't know a lot about enneagram, but my understanding is that 6 can translate to just about any MBTI type.
    Thanks I have read that as well...that we can be any type? I was just curious to hear from others and get a sense of why they might feel they identify with an MBTI type. I was hoping it might give me a sense of how 6' relate to the different MBTI types :-)

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