Overview (Extroverted Feeling + Intuition)
The Inspirer is a person who inspires and invigorates others, as well as guides and informs others with their emotional expression (including facial animation), emotional direction, ingenuous ideas and novel takes on various conceptual phenomena. They are in tune with the emotional atmosphere in any human interaction they find themselves in, and without second thought 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 and concepts, which they like to share with others to inspire them in order to reach more clarity or to take action for the future and a greater purpose. 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.
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.
Purpose Role: The Inspirer will be in their natural element when they employ their outward emotionality, insight, and ingenuity to guide and inspire themselves and others to reaching humanity’s full potential/ higher purpose, typically by enlivening the mood and/or increasing (mental) self-empowerment.
External Focus & Behaviour (Fe & Ne)
Extroverted Feeling (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, and never gets bothered or tired of doing so. As a result, other people often find themselves emotionally invigorated in their presence.
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 won’t be at ease.
The Inspirer is usually focused on “our emotions”, the shared emotional standards and modes of social behavior, and therefore tends to find internal preferences, likes and dislikes, and personal moral standards as rather inconsequential if they do not have a clear impact on someone’s mood. People’s moods and shared behavior have a higher priority over the identity or preferences of the individual. However, that also means that an individual “ruining the mood” or a common cause with their moody behavior, can become an issue for the Inspirer.
Also, even though the Inspirer is generally quite charismatic and humorous, some individuals can be surprisingly shy, for instance when it comes to initiating or navigating physical touch.
Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
The Inspirer is very adept at recognizing and generating ideas, concepts and potential opportunities all around them, and will use them for specific purposes and goals. Typically they will use the most ground-breaking ideas, concepts and opportunities in the social world in order to create tangible change in the lives of those around them. They are well-able at generating a wide array of useful ideas and deal with abstract ideas and concepts on a regular basis, particularly in the realm of the humanities. Overall, the Inspirer usually makes use of abstract concepts to infuse their guidance of others, even those who are very different from their own personality. They have a very good take on and can probe for someone’s abilities and capabilities, and like to support anyone to develop those and reach their full potential.
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, and welcomes advice on improving those matters, but they eventually fall short of doing so well enough. They admire people who are unwavering and cannot be broken down by hardship or confrontation. They can struggle with this; without support from others, they may dwindle quickly.
Less healthy Inspirers tend 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 in their own moods or those of others. 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.
Unvalued External Thinking (Te)
The Inspirer will occasionally focus on being more 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 become potentially exhausting for them and they don’t truly value those traits in themselves nor others.
Internal Perspective (Ni)
The Inspirer likes to observe whatever has happened in the past, and how it will paint and determine the future, like The Strategist, and they are quite good at estimating overall trends in human society. They have a natural ease at weaving together how certain concepts create (universal) meaning in a wider context, and they will use this insight to stir emotions or some sort of reverence in other people. They are rather attuned to how things tend to play out, especially in social settings. They are also good at painting a picture of an attainable and improved future reality in the other person’s mind.
Valued Introverted Thinking (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 discernment, 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 and pro-active attitude, like the System Builder.
Unvalued Introverted Feeling (Fi)
The Inspirer can possess strong personal likes and dislikes, especially in regards to people or concepts, but those preferences and personal morals are typically still tied to standards that are in connection to the moods and values of the majority in the given situation. For instance, an Inspirer might feel inclined to vilify someone whose behavior is hurtful for several people in a given situation, such as an event or a general injustice. In that vein, an Inspirer is more inclined to make statements such as “We don’t like that person“, rather than focusing on their own conviction in the matter. Due to the situational focus, Inspirers can “(we-)hate“ someone in one situation and “(we-)like“ them in another.
Furthermore, the Inspirer is well-able to pick up on emotional nuances that can be more hidden, and how to navigate and see personal sympathies between people. But these insights are only in service to humanity, rarely for their own perspective.
Weak Internal Sensing (Si)
The Inspirer is oblivious to and ignorant of creating physical comfort for themselves or others. They have the tendency to exhaust, overwork or overexert themselves, possibly to the point of accidental self-destruction, due to being out of touch with their body and internal physical sensations, a natural numbness, which can give off an odd effect of physically being like a “puppet on strings”. Whenever they engage in anything physical, it will be of a more vigorous, less relaxing nature to push their limits; or they won’t engage in it much at all.
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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.
Least compatible: (Coming soon)
*Note: These types can be occasionally less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram Trifixes.
The Ego of the Inspirer
The Super-Id (valued but weak)
The weakest Functions:
The strongest Functions:
ENFJ (MBTI), EIE (Socionics)
Note: Both MBTI and Socionics include Big 5-related aspects in their types, especially MBTI is mostly a variation of Big 5 nowadays. My version of the Jungian types does not use Big 5 traits, hence the conventional 4-letter idea of “ENFJ” might not fully apply. Based on the letters, you might count as “ENFJ” but not as The Inspirer with Fe and Ni as their first functions. Read this for more on this issue.
There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Inspirer.
Fe Subtype (Classic Extrovert)
Fe subtype Inspirers share most of those traits:
- Stereotypically extroverted
- More athletic
- Highly emotionally expressive (lots of facial animation)
- 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)
- Often dresses in darker colors, more minimalistic
- Often more involved in technical or strategic careers and pastimes
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)
An Inspirer who falls into both categories more or less is mostly likely the No subtype kind.
- Type 2
- 215, 251, 216, 261, 217, 271, 285, 258, 286, 268, 287, 278, 295, 259, 296, 269, 297, 279 (Trifixes)
If you are not a Type 2, then you are most likely not The Inspirer. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.
Last update: January 2022