Behavior is what we can track objectively about a person. What they do and how they behave. We can behave sometimes in ways that appear contradictory to our values and our personality. We can all see that a person appears to be outgoing but we may not as easily notice that a person is introverted. This is because outgoingness is something we do and a result of how we act, where introversion is a value and a need, and more related to what we want.
Outgoing or Careful
Outgoing people are sometimes confused as extroverted. Really, they are just people that worry less about mistakes. If you are outgoing you find it easy to go into new situations or to consider new thoughts. You can act or experiment and you will feel okay even if the mistake fails.
Analytical people are often mistaken for introverts. An analytical person can think carefully about something before they take action. They are more comfortable observing and thinking before they take a step forward.
Curious and Traditional
The curious personality types tend to behave in a way that is very open and change-oriented. They like to ask questions and to see things from different angles. They like to start up new projects and to try out new things. They enjoy doing things differently than usual.
The traditional type likes having a norm or tradition to things. They like to work on and improve on something and to practice at something, making them into specialists or experts at a specific task rather than jack of all trades. iNtuitives may behave and dress in a traditional way but still prefer abstract or creative interests. Sensors may dress or behave in a quirky and curious manner, but can still be practical in their interests.
Agreeable or Disagreeable
We can either see people as likely to agree and cooperate with others, or more likely to see things differently and to suggest alternative courses of action. Disagreeable types tend to be competitive and like to test their ability against other people, where agreeable types like to lend on the strength of the team and to work together with others to improve their results. Feelers are often thought of as agreeable types but it really depends. Thinkers can behave agreeable towards other people while they know, logically speaking, that people are often wrong about a lot of things.
Proactive or Flexible
Some people you meet place their primary importance on their own values and goals. They may be more aggressive about their values and beliefs. Judgers are often thought of as more decisive but they are better described as goal oriented and long-term.
Other types are going to be more flexible. They may ask you what you want or are more receptive to feedback from others. They enjoy helping or thinking critically about how to support other people in their goals and projects. When other people suggest something new to them, they are more likely to consider it and to be open to the possibility. Perceivers are sometimes seen as more receptive and open to new ideas, but it is more that they enjoy focusing on short-term objectives.
The Gut Types
Gut types often appear angry or upset to other types. They are sometimes described as sensitive and irritable, or other times as aggressive and pushy. They can be leaderlike or critical, or adventurous or utopian. They have strong values and views, whether they like to talk openly about them or prefer to keep them to themselves.
The Reformer is analytical and competitive. They like to analyse a situation and see how it could be done better. Sometimes confused with Introverted Thinking.
“How can I/We do this better?”
The Hero is outgoing and cooperative. They like to go out and work together with others to make things happen. Often stereotyped as extroverted feeling.
“What can we achieve if we work together?”
The Utopian is analytical and agreeable. They like to think about the group and the team and to make sure everyone is happy and in good spirits. Easily mistyped as introverted feeling.
“What can I do to support the group?”
The Leader is outgoing and competitive. They like to go out and show people what they are capable of. They like to impress or challenge people and try their hand at something. Usually misunderstood as extroverted thinking.
“How can I set an example for society?”
The Heart Types
Heart types are ethical and idealistic. They are focused on what they can do to express their values and to influence the world in a positive way. They like to focus on their behaviour and actions. They often evaluate their own behaviour to determine if it is good or bad. They struggle with shame and worry about not being good enough. They feel pushed to be better or to do something to earn their value.
The Helper is flexible and cooperative. They are receptive to other peoples needs and what they can do to help other people. Sometimes misunderstood as feeling judging.
“What do other people need and how can I help them get it?”
The Creator is decisive and competitive. They like to go their own way and to find their own way to succeed. They like to prove that they can do things their own way. Often misunderstood as thinking perceiving.
“How can I do things my own way?”
The Muse is independent but amiable. They like to be wild and free and want to offer the same freedom to other people. Usually confused with the authentic feeling and perceiving.
“How can we be more free?”
The Performer is flexible and competitive. They are open to feedback and others suggestions to how they can improve, and want to be the best at what they do. Sometimes misunderstood as thinking judging.
“What do you think I could do to improve?”
The instinct types are typically driven and action-oriented. They like to focus on what they can do and how they can respond to the world at hand. They are active and perceptive and often have a strong map or idea of where they are going or want to go. They like to think about how to do something or how to get somewhere. They can appear fearful at times and too worried about potential what-ifs or get a scary vision in their head. Fear can drive them to keep on the move or to work on creating a comfortable and secure environment around them.
The Self types are creative and focused on their own projects and what they want for themselves.
“What can I do that nobody else can?”
The Social types tend to be norm-following and receptive types, that like to adjust to the community and to feedback from others.
“What does the group think?”
The Society-oriented types tend to be focused on preserving the system and the natural order around them.
“What can I do to feel more safe?”
The Romantic types are highly receptive to new ideas and new possibilities. They like hearing about different viewpoints, even the bizarre and strange.
“Does anybody have any unique ideas or thoughts I have not heard before?”
The Head Types
The head types have a strong and solid grasp of the world. They like to think about how things are and to understand the world around them. They are observant but can often appear anxious. They think longer and deeper about things than most and can find themselves struggling with confusion or uncertainty.
Mental (Enneagram 5)
The Sage types are creative and contemplative. They think long and hard about various ideas and complex matters.
“How can I understand this on a deeper level?”
Empirical (Enneagram 6)
The Specialist types are traditional and thoughtful. They like to keep practicing and thinking about something for a long time before they start it out for real.
“How can I know this for sure?”
Spiritual (Enneagram 7)
The Seeker types like to check out new things and new places. They like to go out and try and experiment with different things.
“Where could I go that I have never been before?”
The Fighter type is outgoing and practical. Likes to test its hand at a task over and over and keep improving at something. Wants to become the best at something, so keeps pushing and improving at it.
“What can I do to become the best at what I do?”
Pick one of each four of these that you resonate more and check out the sixteen characters.