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ISFP 9w8 Personality Type (A Complete Guide)

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This article will take a look at the ISFP 9w8 personality type and describe its major traits in detail. The article will also take a look at the personality components that make it up namely the 9w8 enneagram and the ISFP personality type from the MBTI inventory.

ISFP 9w8s – How Are They Like?

The ISFP 9w8 is more passive and hence, despite the influence of the wing 8, it will not be much aggressive. They like to maintain peace and will make much effort to intiatiate, sustain and spread it. This personality type is also passive in nature in the sense that they prefer to be accepting of people and how they feel or behave rather than challenge what they think is not sensible.

The ISFP 9w8 personality type has the following traits:

  • Occasional Acting Out
  • Aware of Surroundings
  • Maintains Peace
  • Assertive – When Required
  • Play Nice

We will look at these traits in detail but first, we will look at the personality components that make this enneagram type up!

What Is The Enneagram Type 9w8?

The enneagram type 9w8 associates with the type 9 mostly but also shares traits from the type 8 enneagram. Compared to other type 9 enneagrams, these types are more outspoken and like to take more risks! 

These individuals like to remain out of harm’s way but they have this innate urge to be assertive hence they have conflicting traits due to the fact that they share traits from two different enneagrams. So they tend to avoid conflict but if pushed a lot they will speak up and won’t back down at all! So be careful when you deal with them. They may seem harmless and easy to take advantage of but they will fight back if you exceed the boundaries they have set up!

These individuals like to simplify issues they are facing. If something is very stressful they will like to avoid it completely but in other cases they will try to minimize the magnitude of problems they experience. This may be very soothing in the initial term but as things go along, the problem will start becoming bigger and bigger and eventually the enneagram will have to face the music. They can’t run away from problems forever.

All in all, this enneagram is creative and optimistic. They are supportive and engage well with people because they are sociable. They are comfortable talking to people and enjoy the experience because they get to learn new things, can figure out what is going on around them and what things, if any, they need to be aware of.

Now that we have a general idea of this enneagram, we will take a deeper look at its personality by looking at its fears and desires!

Basic Fear of the Advisor

This enneagram is afraid of being separated from others or falling into the bad books of people! They want to be on the good side of people and not get on their nerves. This is why they avoid conflict or disagreement with others so they can be likeable and not the one who tends to ruin things – even if it means hiding the sour truth!

However, this unique combination of enneagrams does have some internal tension or conflict within itself! The wing 8 enneagram is one that is confrontational and will go after what they believe in and want. Hence they won’t step back so easily. They will actually fight to defend what it is they consider right and hence be assertive! Due to this conflict between the enneagrams that make up the 9w8 enneagram type, the individuals who fall under this category may experience confusion and internal conflict.

The Desire – 9w8 Enneagrams

The one thing this enneagram desires is peace – internally and externally. They want to feel content and happy within and they also want to be at peace with those around them. They do not want to face any sort of conflict that will become a source of stress for them and force them to choose one thing over the other.

The ISFP Type

This personality type is very organized, highly conscientious and likes to look at the details or small things. Furthermore, they are loyal and security oriented. Although some ISFPs may differ when it comes to their behaviour, a substantial number of them exhibit these traits. One of the ways they try to feel secure is by controlling every aspect of their life and they tend to do this by remaining organized

ISFPs are introverts in that they find peace and satisfaction in their thoughts and solitude. They prefer to spend most of their time alone, engaging in their thoughts, reflections and ideas in order to come up with productive ideas or understand their surroundings. They focus on their thoughts and hence can turn out to be individuals who are creative, logical or even innovative depending on the other elements of their personality.

People who use sensing as a dominant function understand the world using their five senses; they like to live in the now and observe or practically experience their surroundings. They are not as focused as others on what possibilities their mind has to offer; rather they would simply take in information and process it to recognize what is already here but just extract it and make it useful.

ISFPs place much weightage on their emotions when it comes to understanding others and their surroundings and how it impacts them. Due to this function, they are more likely to consider values and core beliefs rather than fact and logic or the truth while making decisions. 

People with this function appreciate the spontaneity in life rather than following an everyday mundane routine. They are quite flexible but can be disorganized too and don’t really believe in planning, especially long term plans. They just go with the flow. They are not very stubborn in the sense that they like to have options, do not demand immediate results and hence are more likely to identify opportunities along the way.

INFP 9w8s – How Are They Like?

In this section, we will look at the following traits in detail:

  • Occasional Acting Out
  • Aware of Surroundings
  • Maintains Peace
  • Assertive – When Required
  • Play Nice

Let us take a look at them one by one!

Occasional Acting Out

Not only because of the influence of the wing 8 but also because they are dominant in their feeling function, the ISFP 9w8 personality type is prone to the occasional acting outs especially when they have been holding their feelings inside for too long and the other person is constantly crossing their limits.

Hence, do not be surprised if they burst out in anger or throw a tantrum; it will happen less but will happen so expect it. They do have that frustration all pent up in them because they suppress it to keep peace.

INFPs may tend to have depression.

Aware of Surroundings

They are naturally aware of what is going on in their surroundings because their focus is on that. They want to create an environment or society where they can live peacefully with other people. They dislike conflict and will keep an eye out on what is going around them. Hence, they currently scan the environment to make sure everyone is doing okay.

Maintains Peace

At any cost, this personality will maintain peace and they do this at the cost of desiring to be reckless at times or too expressive of their own opinions and strong beliefs – mostly because of the influence of the type 8 wing.

Assertive – When Required

Do not be surprised when this type speaks up. They are very independent even if they do not show it. They will speak out their mind when they are pushed to the limits.

Whether it comes to defending someone else or their own views, this personality type is not hesitant. The only reason they stay quiet is because they want a frictionless relation with others and want to compromise to ensure peace. However, if their boundaries are crossed, the type 8 enneagram will kick in!

Play Nice

Compared to the type 8 enneagram, there is nothing to fear from this unique personality type because they are easygoing individuals who do not take things too seriously in the first go; they will accept you and give you the benefit of the doubt.


This article took a look at the ISFP 9w8 personality type by detailing its major traits and also introducing the personality components that make it up.


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