Overview (Extroverted Feeling + Intuition)
inspirer – a leader who stimulates and excites people to action. – a person who rules or guides or inspires others.
to inspire: 1) To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence. 2) To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion. 3) To stimulate to action; motivate. To cause (someone) to have a particular feeling; affect or touch. 4) To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse. 5) To be the cause or source of; bring about.
The Inspirer is a person who inspires and invigorates others into action, as well as directs and leads others to better pastures with their emotional expression, emotional direction, ingenuous ideas and novel takes on various phenomena. They are in tune with the emotional atmosphere in any human interaction they find themselves in, and skillfully alter their own and other people’s emotional state and expressiveness to what they deem appropriate based on the external standards, assuming the other person is receptive enough to them.
They typically have deep insights into the meaning of events, which they like to share with others to inspire them in order to reach more clarity about their inner self or to take action for the future. The Inspirer is often found in any work or activity that involves or affects larger groups of people, though some Inspirers prefer to focus their energy on certain individuals. They are commonly motivational speakers, inspirational leaders, public speakers, coaches, mentors, teachers of any kind, and actors.
The Inspirer will be in their natural element if they employ their outward emotionality, insight, and ingenuity to guide and inspire themselves and others to reaching their (and humanity’s) full potential, typically by increasing (spiritual/psychological) self-empowerment.
External Focus & Behaviour (Fe)
The Inspirer tends to run on a higher emotional charge with a wide smile on their face, especially when they are around other people, though some individuals are energetically less intense and more laid-back, but with a hint of visible emotional energy nonetheless. Either way, the emotional atmosphere has a strong impression on them and they like to impress it back. The Inspirer enjoys gaiety and loud laughter, and can be quite apt at eliciting that from other people during joyful celebrations and similar.
But first and foremost, the Inspirer is focused on setting the right emotional atmosphere based on the situation at hand, may it be serious and focused, or even somber, and they will make sure that most people in the interaction are part of the shared atmosphere – if they refuse, the Inspirer and/or the resisting person will feel ill at ease. Even though the Inspirer is generally charismatic and humorous, they can be surprisingly and painfully shy when it comes to initiating and sustaining romantic bonds.
The Inspirer is typically quite perceptive about other people’s inner psychology and likes to give them advice on matters pertaining to it, or at least support its welfare. They have a good take on someone’s abilities and capabilities, and like to support anyone to develop those and reach their full potential. They also have a good sense of their own self, in an abstract manner. The Inspirer likes to observe whatever has happened in the past, and how it will paint the future, like The Strategist. They are concerned with them and their loved ones not repeating any mistakes or getting into any serious danger.
Aim at Sensing (Se)
The Inspirer typically attempts to boost their ability to pressure others, build up their physicality, take action, and defend their own territory, but they can fall short of doing so. They admire people who are unwavering and cannot be broken down by hardship. They can struggle with this; without support from others, they can dwindle quickly. Being connected with others brings out their strengths; without them, they can fall apart rather easily.
The Inspirer tends to have a personality that is not sufficiently tightly knit together; emotionally, it doesn’t take much for the threads to loosen, and for them to lose themselves. Despite this tendency, they are adept at keeping up the appearance of a well-adapted, bright individual, and most people would never guess that the Inspirer has personal issues. The Inspirer can be a great actor in everyday and fictional life.
The Inspirer will feel pressured to be hardworking, efficient, and widely knowledgable like The Entrepreneur, for it correlates with coming across as a well-adapted individual, though on a personal level, this can be exhausting for them and they don’t truly value those traits in themselves.
Introverted Thinking Valuing (Ti)
The Inspirer is more interested in the deeper inner workings of systems and structures, and not so much their objective properties. They respect principles, but will at the same time be skeptical of too many generalizations. The Inspirer isn’t confident about their own logical abilities, and rather focuses on humanitarian pastimes and areas of thought. Often, Inspirers are drawn to individuals they perceive to be intelligent and mentally sharp, but also possessing a practical angle, like The Systematizer.
The Inspirer is oblivious to creating physical comfort for themselves or others. They have the tendency to exhaust and overwork or overexert themselves and are usually out of touch with their body and internal physical sensations. Whenever they engage in anything physical, it will be of a more vigorous, less relaxing nature; or they won’t engage in it much at all.
The Ego of the Inspirer
The Super-Id (valued but weak)
The weakest Functions:
The strongest Functions:
ENFJ (MBTI), EIE (Socionics)
There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Inspirer.
Fe Subtype (Classic Extrovert)
Fe subtype Inspirers share most of those traits:
- Stereotypically extroverted
- more impulsive and emotionally erratic
- more invested in social subjects and entertainment
- more into sports and cars
- dresses in brighter colors, more stylish
Ni Subtype (Introverted Extrovert / “Ambiverted”)
Ni subtype Inspirers share most of those traits:
- ”Ambiverted” (can be mistaken for an introvert)
- more focused on intellectual/academic pursuits (e.g university)
- more interested in psychology
- dresses in darker colors, more minimalistic
Note: Don’t mistake Jungian “ambiversion” with asociable Enneagram instinctual stackings, like Sx/Sp and Sp/Sx. If you are an extrovert with one of those stackings, you’ll come across as “ambiverted”, even if you don’t have that subtype!
No Subtype (Standard Type)
A Life Coach who falls into both categories more or less is mostly likely the No subtype kind.
If you are not a Type 2, 6, then you are most likely not The Inspirer. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.
Least compatible: (Coming soon)
*Note: These types can be occasionally less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram Tritype.
Inspirer Celebrities: Click here
Note: Of course there are inspirers who possess a different personality type, so please do not assume that all coaches in the world fit this personality type! I call the Extroverted Feeling + Intuition personality type “The Inspirer” not only because they are usually coaching, but also because this personality structure personifies the archetype the best.