The ESFJ Personality is all about supporting and encouraging others. The ESFJ is great at understanding the emotions of others and the group as a whole. The ESFJ is very skilled at knowing what to say and how to handle most situations so that there is group harmony. They are very active in their community and will find ways to be of service to others. The ESFJ believes in tried and true methods and will want to implement them on the world and people around them. They can be a bit of a traditionalist, but they also know that this way has worked for years and years, and they try to get everyone to see the same way. They want to be acknowledged and appreciated for all the effort they put forth, though they may have a hard time admitting it. The ESFJ can sometimes be a bit manipulative to get their way and do what they feel is their obligation to do, however, more mature ESFJs realize the best way for them to be a pillar in their community is to lead by example and hope that others see them as an inspiration to be like. The ESFJ is a caring and hard working person that is always there for the people close to them.
Enneagram Type 9 (9w8 9w1)
The Enneagram Type 9 is all about achieving inner peace. The Enneagram Type Nine is all about figuring out ways to live in harmony with their environment. This can lead them to being very creative and understandings of others. They can be very empathetic and prefer to compromise instead of imposing demands on others. However, this can be problematic if they sacrifice too much of themselves. The Enneagram 9 is at their best when they are being instinctual and know how to work with themselves and their environments. When they become detached from this spiritual and instinctual center, they can become too uptight and lose any momentum they have gained. The 9 is at the top of the Enneagram and therefore shares many of the traits of all the other types. The Nine must learn to assert themselves and their visions if they want to understand themselves better. It is much easier to attach to someone more assertive than them instead of understanding how they can strike out on their own. They would be their strongest if they approached a problem head on, instead of finding a way to tiptoe around it. The 9 is great at understanding others and creating harmony, they just need to learn that it is okay for them to apply themselves and go against the grain sometimes, especially if they feel very called to do so.