The Psychoanalyst (INFJ + IEI)


Overview (Introverted Intuition + Feeling)

The Psychoanalyst is deeply in touch with their intuitive perception of the world, the unconscious of themselves and others, and their inner life, which is often more colourful and in movement than their life in the real world. They continually strive to get to the bottom of eternal, universal truths, as well as to expand the (self-)awareness of both themselves and (over) others.

Most Psychoanalysts have an interest in psychology, the unconscious mind, dream interpretation, philosophy, spirituality, languages, relationships, self-development/-growth, and the future. Many of them are psychologists, therapists, psychoanalysts, writers, and self-help or relationship coaches.

Main Internal Focus (Ni + Ti)

The Psychoanalyst is continuously in search of deepening their understanding of themselves, others, and the world. They enjoy learning about theoretical models and systems that put into a logical framework the patterns they have observed in the outside world; in that manner, they usually strive to make sense of what they have ”seen”.

They have a keen awareness of how one event leads to another; that can make the Psychoanalyst have a 6th sense-like ability to foresee future developments. Hence it is rare to catch a Psychoanalyst off-guard in terms of timely situational developments, due to that insight, which they have in common with The Strategist. The Psychoanalyst doesn’t require a long life fraught with trials and errors to arrive at their intuitive insights like other types. Their intuitive abilities are well-developed from an early age.

Sometimes, the Psychoanalyst will foresee a certain development that is against their own personal wishes. Then, they will feel as if they are powerless and have no impact on what will happen, which can emotionally upset and frustrate them, similarly to Cassandra in Troy. Or, they may want to turn a blind eye deliberately, because they wouldn’t like the outcome, which can skew their view for that instance.

Because of this intuitive ability, the Psychoanalyst is commonly wary of jumping into situations or actions head-on without considering future consequences. Typically before they head into any risky situation or romantic relationship, they often have already envisioned its development in time prior, and based on that insight the Psychoanalyst will proceed further or not, though their decision can be tainted by their own personal feelings.

Anything that happens to the Psychoanalyst will be imbued with a special kind of personal meaning. Nothing happens or exists by sheer luck; there is always a deeper meaning and connection to anything that is being, happening, or going to happen.

For instance, a Psychoanalyst may see deeper meaning in how the veins of a leaf mirror the veins of the human body; both are structured in similar ways, and this points at the inherent connectivity of life on earth. Or they encounter another symbol in their everyday life, such as seeing butterflies repeatedly, and from then on predict and reflect on their own transformational process. Additionally, no matter how hard life may be or seem, the Psychoanalyst always finds a reason to look forward to a better future and never loses hope completely.

The Psychoanalyst’s tendency to always be on the lookout for future developments, personal meanings, or to not commit any future mistakes is part of the reason why they can be prone to a lot of inactivity. Hence they typically require some outside influence that forces and inspires the Psychoanalyst to interrupt their flow and actually do something with their life.

Weak Sensing (Se)

In that manner, the Psychoanalyst struggles with viscerally influencing events and making things happen on their own, including their own life. For accomplishing this, the Psychoanalyst typically requires outside help from more dynamic, energetic, and ”hands-on” individuals, who can put the Psychoanalyst’s insights and advice into movement.

On that note, the Psychoanalyst can be quite passive both to life itself and other people, with a poor ability to ”fight back“ or fight and push people for their own agenda if they are being attacked, they often wished they were better at this. They can be quite vulnerable to other people’s influence and may feel compelled to simply follow and adapt to their lead, even if on some personal level they may not agree with it.

Psychoanalysts also tend to be out of touch with their bodies and physical experience.

Weak Thinking (Te)

The Psychoanalyst rarely considers themselves as someone who wastes their time doing nothing objectively productive; the self is endlessly fascinating, so is exploring the inner mechanisms of the collective unconscious. In that manner, the Psychoanalyst is rarely bored, even though their life can be very uneventful and impractical from an outside perspective.

Also, the Psychoanalyst often lacks in common knowledge and “street smarts”, being mentally torn apart from life on earth, which is startling to others and can make the Psychoanalyst look much dumber than they really are. Even if they’ve lived somewhere for many years, they can still seem like a tourist or “lost”, hardly having explored life on earth (once again, for that they need some external inspiration or force).

It is not uncommon for a Psychoanalyst to lack in life experience and be overwhelmed by simple everyday tasks, like reading a map of the subway/underground, doing any kind of paperwork, or getting a job.

Super Ego (Si)

Also, while the Psychoanalyst is usually concerned with looking presentable and well-styled, they can have the tendency to look out-of-style or outdated and not as well-groomed or stylish as they would like to, unless they are surrounded by those who help or inspire them in this area.

The Psychoanalyst commonly feels pressured to adapt to societal norms in terms of self-care, styling, and health, attempting to emulate The Aesthete or Bonvivant, but they usually never reach as high of a proficiency in those areas as they wished – there is always some amount of insecurity or hardship surrounding those efforts, so focusing on those matters can be a stressor for them.

External Focus and Behaviour (Fe)

In the company of others, the Psychoanalyst will ensure that the mood of the people around them is sufficiently positive and ideally light-hearted. Gloominess or too much seriousness weighs down on the Psychoanalyst and can depress them, so with laughter, jokes, and funny anecdotes will the Psychoanalyst actively try to influence the mood of the others for the better, and often enough does the Psychoanalyst succeed at doing so.

The Psychoanalyst can be quite silly or non-sensical in the company of people, and they enjoy an atmosphere of hearty laughter and engaging activity.

People who hinder the Psychoanalyst from creating a mood of gaiety or are resistant to their emotional influence will be irritating to them and in their eyes ”ruin the fun” or “have no sense of humor”.

The Psychoanalyst is often a naturally shy or quiet person, but around others they can enjoy being quite emotionally expressive or even loud and hence be mistaken for an extrovert like The Coach. Interacting with people on a positive as well as deeper level lightens the Psychoanalyst’s mood and puts a spring to their step.


The Ego of the Psychoanalyst

  1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  2. Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

The Super-Id (valued but weak)

The weakest Functions

The strongest Functions


INFJ (MBTI), IEI (Socionics)


There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Psychoanalyst.

Those variations can be grouped into Ni (Introverted Intuition) subtype and Fe (Extroverted Feeling) subtype.

Ni Subtype (Classic Introvert)

Ni subtype Psychoanalysts share most of those traits:

  • Stereotypically introverted
  • more concerned with logical consistency and creating/employing systems
  • more passive, shy and with less life experience (compared to others of their age)
  • more objective and wise (compared to others of their age)

Can be mistaken for INTJ / ILI.

Fe Subtype (Extroverted Introvert / “Ambiverted”)

Fe subtype Psychoanalyst share most of those traits:

  • ”Ambiverted“ (can be mistaken for an extrovert)
  • more outgoing, outwardly expressive, and charming
  • more interested in social work, relationships, and/or drama/theatre
  • more emotionally sensitive
  • more stylish and colourfully dressed

Can be mistaken for ENFJ, ESFJ, ISFJ / EIE, ESE, SEI.

Note: Don’t mistake Jungian “ambiversion” with sociable Enneagram instinctual stackings, like So/Sx. If you are an introvert with that stacking, you’ll come across as “ambiverted”, even if you don’t have that subtype!

No Subtype (Standard Type)

An Psychoanalyst who falls into both categories more or less is most likely the No subtype kind.

Enneagram Types

  • More easygoing and “blending in” (Type 9)
  • More melancholic and/or individualistic (Type 4)
  • more nurturing and engaging (Type 2)
  • more principled and moralistic (Type 1)
  • more on edge and vigilant (Type 6)

If you are not a Type 9, 4, 2, 1, nor 6, then you are most likely not The Psychoanalyst. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.

Type Compatibility

Most compatible:

  • (Coming soon)*
  • The Psychoanalyst
  • (Coming soon)
  • The Coach

Least compatible: (Coming soon)

*Note: This type can be less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram Tritype.

Psychoanalyst Celebrities: Click here 

Note: Of course there are psychoanalysts who possess a different personality type, so please do not assume that all psychoanalysts in the world fit this personality type! I call the Introverted Intuition + Feeling personality type “The Psychoanalyst” not only because they are usually psychoanalytical, but also because this personality structure personifies the archetype the best. The best psychoanalysts in the world will have this personality type.

Last update: 18-11-20

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