The Pathfinder

VLFE is the Attitudinal Psyche type that seems the most interested in creating a path for themselves through raw determination that is informed by their openness to new ideas and information. The VLFE appears to be protecting their right to carry out whatever decision they have made for themselves by careful consideration of the physical consequences that may arise. They may come off as leaderlike, movement oriented, expertise driven, blunt, talkative, commanding, self-assured, empire-building, authoritative, or scientific given that their interests move in that direction. The VLFE seems to want control over their identity through taking whatever destiny or outcome they believe is theirs while sharing the details of their experience with others.

1V – Confident Volition

VLFEs have the most efficient and forward thinking 1V. This type treats their goals as inevitabilities that only need a fair amount of effort to achieve. They rarely discuss their plans with others, unless an explanation is necessary to recruit help for what they have already decided is their path in life. VLFEs believe they can become an expert in any subject or skill they put their mind to and will gladly share this knowledge with others in a blunt and direct way. This type believes that they are in charge of their destiny and often have a calm, smooth confidence in chasing after what they want. VLFEs have an attitude of invincibility in the volitional realm as any potential road blocks are seen as minor no matter how limiting.

2L – Flexible Logic

VLFEs tend to have a strong attention to detail when it comes to the logical realm. This type believes they can go in depth into any subject without the fear of criticism or of being wrong. When the VLFE realizes they are incorrect about logical details, they are quick to move towards the correct answer or bounce new ideas off of others to find what is right. This type usually feels a sense of professorial duty to teach and guide others to what they have learned. They often desire to cover each new point and detail they come across while specifying all potential pitfalls and possibilities that can arise from the present mental map they have created of their logical interests. VLFEs want to create an atmosphere of open sourced knowledge that one can empower themselves with if they so choose.

3F – Insecure Physics

VLFEs have an incredibly tumultuous relationship with the physics aspect which results in one of the most demanding attitudes out of all the 3F types. VLFEs can hyper focus on details of the physical world to the point of obsession which can make others confuse them for a 1F type. They often want to use their convictions and goal-achieving nature to overcome their own physical insecurities through determination and willpower. The more this type can prove to themselves that the physical world cannot stop their progress, the more secure they feel. VLFEs may feel an intense sense of scrutiny and negativity when it comes to body image, physical symptoms, food allergies (sensitivities), or overworking themselves. This type needs to feel in command of all the details of the material world that can elude them from their expertise seeking nature.

4E – Unbothered Emotion

VLFEs tend to have a forthright and honest 4E attitude when emotions do crop up into their awareness. This type tends to notice the expression of others and does not back away or cower from considerations of what is important to others. They can at times poll others to figure out what is emotionally significant to their partners, co-workers, communities, or whomever they personally value. This can flavor certain VLFEs to look more interested in justice, politics, and fairness – but they will not be openly expressive and emotional themselves. Although VLFEs do not take their own emotional world seriously, if something happens to stunt them from reaching a desired result they will quickly deal with their own emotions towards that object. This type can tend to be motivational and inspirational once they find peace in their anxieties, which may come off as atypical for a 4E type.


1V+2L

VLFEs want to be honored as experts in their chosen interest or field. They align themselves with their own desires and how to create flexible principles to constantly attain goals. The issue is that VLFEs believe that once they have mastered a certain subject then their word or wisdom will forever be useful. This is the typical trap of arrogance that this type falls into. The VLFE must learn to continue digging into their interests rather than moving on after “solving” a major issue. Becoming an expert requires advanced knowledge of the entire map of that subject. There is no quick answer, so this type must take time to correctly draw out the map with all of its dips, twists, and turns.

1V+3F

VLFEs become frustrated when they have to show off more of their power level than they prefer. This type can feel trapped by having responsibilities that lie outside of their expertise, and may self-destruct mentally or physically if their attention must be split among too many tasks or people. VLFEs need to learn how to observe their environment before diving in. Planning out their movements and knowing where they will struggle or lose control can mitigate pain before it’s too late. This type wants the freedom to chase their own desires and mentally preparing for the roadblocks ahead of time is how they attain true feelings of liberation. VLFEs work best when they learn to work with their own discomforts rather than recklessly running them over.

1V+4E

VLFEs have a forthright attitude about motivating one’s self to push and succeed in life. They often believe that the end goal is obvious and it is pointless to toil over the details of motivation. To this type, you either do it or don’t – there is no discussion. However, as we know, these all or nothing stances on life come with drawbacks. For the VLFE, the drawback is that they lose touch with their emotions and why they are driven to their unique desires in the first place. VLFEs need to understand what inspires them to act. Why do they feel random bouts of motivation? Why do they want to become experts in their chosen field? Who do they care about and why do those people matter to their end goal? These are all questions that the VLFE must focus on to recognize a greater sense of depth and meaning in their lives.

2L+3F

VLFEs are addicted to solving puzzles and obsessing over the most precise answer. Once they have dedicated themselves to a new problem to solve, they do not relent until they are satisfied that the image of the problem in their head matches the situation in reality. This type can forego sleeping, eating, socializing, and general hygiene due to how hellbent they are on understanding “the truth”. The fear is that if the projection and reality do not match up, then something is going to go wrong and completely overtake them. The solution for the VLFE is to engage in the real world. Get out of their own head, pick up an object and figure out its practical use. As the physical world becomes a more familiar playground, the anxiety has a lesser effect over time on the VLFE. Feelings of peace and serenity over-write the previous worries as a true logistical understanding of reality is felt.

2L+4E

VLFEs are not concerned about the most ideal way to communicate information. This type tends to accept that all forms of information are interesting and the reactions to negative information are not their problem. VLFEs may lose track of which stories or information they’ve given to who, which can cause a lot of spite and anger to come their way. VLFEs need to know their audience. Get in-tune with how others perceive them, and play to that selected audience. The more this type digs into their hidden unique message they have for others, the more clear their mission and purpose in life becomes. They cannot ignore how people react to their choice of language and communication, as self-expression is imperative to human relationships.

3F+4E

VLFEs do not understand the concept of sitting back and relaxing as it causes great distress for them. The little bit of enjoyment that this type does manage to get small tastes of quickly disappears as they are always on to the next big project. VLFEs prefer to keep their lack of enjoyment out of their awareness. The more they can forget about the pursuit of joy, the less despondence they feel as it negates the sense of impending doom and incompleteness that the worries of the physical world inspires within them. VLFEs need to figure out who and what excites them and ignites their ignored emotions. They must explore new situations and pay attention to how the physical world affects their feelings so they can scratch this itch when it arises. Developing practical methods and routines to embody enjoyment in small doses will do wonders in outsourcing the anxiety and avoidance in this realm.


Common VLFE Quirks

•Business minded
•Strong entrepreneurial spirit
•Tries new ideas instantly
•Encourages others to use reason
•Worries about possessions
•Needs to feel powerful in public
•Focuses on controlling the future
•Abandons faulty projects
•Reframes failure into learning experiences
•Expresses emotions in music / art
•Doesn’t mind a villain arc
•Helps others strategize plans of attack
•Finishes a goal and does not look back
•Dismisses those they view as “stupid”
•Views self in terms: expert vs. non-expert
•Politically incorrect by mistake
•Despises feeling indebted to others
•Emotionally blunt
•Insinuates their own power level
•Strong / tolerant sense of humor

Stereotypical Image

VLFEs look well put together and sometimes flashy. They enjoy a sense of power in the way they dress and will accessorize to stand out. They have an ability to deal with discomfort for long periods of time if it gives them more power or feeds into the goal they are chasing. This type enjoys dressing however they desire and will be frank about their own vulnerabilities as they turn them into a joke. VLFEs chase innovation and this may materialize in their style or image. Like LVFEs, they can adopt a unique fashion statement and become known for consistently adorning it.

Archetype Variations

•Entertainer
Climbs ranks, explores emotions through song, art, dance, and seduction, needs to challenge their industry

•Entrepreneur
Starts businesses, extremely innovative, discovers and invents new things

•Socialite/Expert
Builds a brand, becomes a token of that industry, gives out definitive advice freely

•Mastermind/Solver
Obsesses over the unknown, dives deep into details, wants to uncover what is hidden; the “a-ha” moment

•Politician
Needs power and prestige, monitors changes in trends and patterns, builds reputation, has a unique take on politics


VLFE Spread Among Enneagram Core Types


Typical Instincts & Triads

•Sx/So/Sp
•So/Sp/Sx
•Sx/Sp/So
•So/Sx/Sp
•Sp/Sx/So

•827/872
•847/874
•748/784
•825/852
•837/873
•738/783
•538/583
•278/287
•728/782
•835/853
•528/582
•548/584
•458/485
•613/631
•649/694
•638/683
•947/974
•415/451
•378/387