What is the personality type of Conor McGregor? Conor McGregor is an ISTP 8wing7.
Conor McGregor is an:
- ISTP (Introverted – Sensor – Thinker – Perceiver)
- 8wing7 (Primary Type 8, with a secondary 7-wing)
- Self-preservation primary and a Sexual instinct secondary (The Self-preservation instinct is tied to the survival instinct and the reptile brain, while the Sexual instinct brings intensity, speed, and fast firing neurons)
- Task Trauma Person (His brain chooses to dump all the emotional baggage in the task execution network of the brain)
- Confidence/Pleasure fix (As opposed to an Insecurity/Questioning fix)
The ISTP 8wing7
The Myers-Briggs ISTP stands for:
- Introverted (Introversion gives depth to a person, their emotions, and their thinking. Singular focus. Introverts gain energy when alone and lose energy when with people. The energy of an Introvert is directed inwards.)
- Sensor (Sensors navigate reality with their five senses. They don’t use statistical models or theories or ideologies to understand reality. They are down to earth and filled with common sense. They are present and mean what they say.)
- Thinker (Thinkers value and default to logic to understand and process any problem or information they come across. They have a healthy distrust towards emotions. They are naturally tough and calm under pressure.)
- Perceiver (Perceivers are magnetically drawn to the thrill of uncertainty, they are pulled towards the unknown, and get a kick out of it. They are moldable, adaptable, and live in the moment. They have a non-judgementan nature. Think of the stereotypical hippie.)
The Enneagram 8wing7 means you are a primary Type 8 and a secondary Type 7.
- Type 8 (Is known as “The Warrior”. It is built for war in every sense of the word. Both mental, physical, and verbal. It is anger driven, assertive, aggressive, confident, and ready to throw down. It is not risk averse. It is obsessed with thoughts of power, loyalty, and control. It fears physical overpowerement and humiliation above all things.)
- Type 7 (The Enneagram Type 7 is the most positive Enneagram type. It is spontaneous, free, fun-loving, happy, peaceful, forgiving, imaginative, artistic, forgetful, and wild. The stereotypical carefree soul.)
Here you can see both the 7 and the 8. I’m going to list a couple of ISTP 8wing7s, so that you can get a feeling for the type.
The living legend Bas Rutten is an ISTP 8wing7. While a very severe neck injury cut his career short, he proved to be one of the most destructive fighters of our time. He came up as a kickboxer and learned grappling almost entirely on his own through VHS tapes!
Also check out this HILARIOUS street fighting instructional. He showcases a lot of personality in it.
Crowd favourite Jason Mayhem Miller is an ISTP 8wing7. This type is brash, confident, tough, verbal, and high energy.
Check out this video when ES sports pranked him:
Check out his highlight!
When ISTP 8wing7s drop in mental well being (or psycholohical health), they tend to become reckless, and get into legal trouble. If you follow Conor, this has been a sticking point for him as well.
This is going to sound bad, but ISTP 8wing7s are naturally low on empathy and remorse. The vast majority of them are good people, though. They often become “bad boys”.
Former mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who has a lengthy criminal record, was charged Tuesday with committing a residential burglary and car theft in Irvine while on probation in a domestic violence case
He actually had a great show called “Bully Beatdown”, that I watched back in the day.
UFC veteran and commentator Michael Bisping is an ISTP 8wing7. Michael has actually revealed in interviews that he had problems with the law as a young lad in the UK. But “fortunately” he didn’t have to pay for all the mistakes.
Michael was actually known to be one of the best trash talkers in the UFC. The ISTP 8wing7 is extremely verbal, so this makes sense. This type can become arrogant and obnoxious.
Want to see Michael take his eye out??!!
That’s enough examples for now! Remember that list above on personality type traits? Now I will go trough it in chronological order.
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The ISTP is one of 16 personality types in Myers-Briggs. It is Introverted (Introversion), used the five senses to make sense of reality (Sensing), has a logical orientation (Thinking), and is excited by the uknown (Perception).
This inherent excitement of the uknown makes them thrill-seekers and risk takers. The ISTP loves any job that is practical and dangeous. The vast majority of police officers are ISTPs, most people in the military also. And firemen. And security guards. And bodyguards. ISTPs are known “adrenaline junkies”.
The ISTP is extremely common in professional MMA, I even wrote an article about it. It is called:
ISTPs with a mundane office job tends to party way too hard — or do extreme sports, as a compensation. That release of adrenaline has a tangible healing effect on the entire body, while soothing the mind. Spectators usually don’t understand that, because they get the same adrenaline kick from watching a good horror movie.
This lack of excitement is why Conor McGregor gave up on a plumbing career.
When Conor McGregor fights, you can see the excitement in his eyes.
Also check out this highlight, and how comfortable he is inside the cage.
My only problem with the image above is that Steve Jobs and Vladimir Putin WERE NOT ISTPs. Both of them as INTJ’s, which isn’t even close.
The ISTP is known to be the most skilled operator of tools and advanced machinery. It is a common temperament for pilots. They are known to be calm but assertive under pressure and extreme stress.
Interesting facts about ISTPs:
- On personality trait measures, score as Critical, Detached, Guarded, Independent, and Resourceful
- Commonly found in populations of male college scholarship athletes
- More likely than other types to suffer cardiac problems
- Lowest ranked of all types in using social coping resources
- One of four types least satisfied with their marriage or intimate relationship
- Among types least likely to complete college
- Personal values include Autonomy; at work, value Stability, Security, Independence, and Achievement
- Commonly found in skilled trades, technical fields, agriculture, law enforcement, and military occupations
There are two types of 8s. 8s with a 7-wing and 8s with a 9-wing. So you have your primary type, your main type, and your secondary type, your “wing”.
Your wing has to be beside your main type on the Enneagram chart. Look at where the 8 is placed. See that it is surrounded by the 7 and the 9? These numbers actually represent certain structures inside the brain.
The 8wing7 is simply mix between the 7 and the 8. And the 8wing9 is simply a mix between the 8 and the 9. It’s so logical! Your wing exists at about half the strength of your primary type.
Conor McGregor is quite clearly an 8wing7, he has all the traits, even the heritage of being “outlaws”. The 8wing7 is the most aggressive and anti-authoritarian out of all Enneagram types!
This the McGregor clans family crest.
Yes, you read that right: Ireland’s very own UFC superstar shares a familial link to America’s most famous reality television star.
Even better than that, the two stars are linked by a famous figure from British history.
It all started when journalist Craig Williams did a little digging into the Kardashian clan’s genealogy and discovered something surprising. The Kardashians, it turned out, are distant relatives of legendary Scottish ‘outlaw’ Robert Roy MacGregor, or Rob Roy.
The Scottish rebel was famous for his role in the Jacobite rising of 1689 and famously took part in the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719. What’s also significant about the Kardashians’ link to Robert Roy MacGregor is the fact that the Scottish folk hero is also an ancestor of The Notorious.
The link also means both Kardashian and McGregor are related to the first King of the Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin – Rob Roy’s father. McGregor has often spoken of his heritage and link to the Irish branch of the MacGregors.
Okay so let’s go into detail of what an 8wing7 actually is. The 8 is confident, brash, powerful, verbal, and highly focused on loyalty, power and control.
The 7 is the most positive Enneagram type, it likes freedom, movement, and just wants everybody to be happy. It is emotional and imaginative, but not overly sensitive. It is not “neurotic” like some other emotional types.
I believe Tito Ortiz is an ISTP 8wing7, also. Can you see the confidence in his eyes? I can. Tito can also claim the position of being Dana Whites (UFC president) absolute worst enemy. 8wing7s are good at fighting, it’s in their blood.
8wing7s have a deep seated fear, maybe even a phobia, of being physically dominated, and I think that’s why there aren’t more 8wing7s in fighting.
They would rather just stay away from the gym where you will get destroyed the first couple years when you aren’t good. And even when you get good, there are always specialists that will beet you.
8wing7s are loud, brash, confident, obnoxious even. Here is a famous interaction between two Type 8s, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.
These descriptions are often on the positive side. 8wing7s are greatly overrepresentatet among bullies. It is, in fact, the most common Enneagram type for bullies. The 8wing7 is naturally low on empathy and remorse.
That sounds really bad, I know, but it is countered by a strong desire to be fair and a powerful logical mind. You have to take into account that they also don’t feel very sorry FOR THEMSELVES, which means no guilt-tripping, or other weird mental games.
8’s are often brutally honest and brutally loyal, and at mid-to-high psychological health — they look after the weak and protect them. 8’s have a larger reptile brain than average, that control spatial awareness, body movement, and survival functions. I think they have the strongest survival instinct out of any type.
Conor McGregor has the Self-preservation instinct as his primary and the Sexual instinct as his secondary. The instncts are part of the Enneagram theory package. There are three of them. They are:
- The Self-preservation instinct (Spatial awareness, body coordination, survival instinct, attached to dear objects. Manifests itself as a habit of looking after the body.)
- The Sexual instinct (This instinct brings intensity within the host. Manifests itself as a habit of reacting strongly to things or chasing intense experiences.)
- The Social instinct (Awareness of group identity and desire to belong to a group. Manifests itself as self-consciousness.)
Most professional fighters are Self-preservation primaries, that is how the dice is rolled. The Self-preservation instinct in selfish by nature, and LOVES taking care of the mind and the body of the host.
Almost all bodybuilders are Self-preservation primaries, for this very reason. Imagine if it was YOUR JOB to workout, shave, and tan?
The Self-preservation instinct seems to overlap with the survival instinct. Self-preservation primaries seem to have a larger and more active reptile brain.
The Self-preservation instinct enhances awarenss of very basic body functions, like breathing, ones body position, and general body coordination.
So how could I possibly know what instinct Conor McGregor has??!! Great question! Since I know that he is a confident, intelligent, verbal, successful, healthy ISTP 8wing7 man with a career path in professional MMA, I know what I am getting here (roughly speaking).
Since he is a confident, brash, almost obnoxious, bad boy — he scores high on independence and low on self-consciousness. Since the Social instinct is ALL ABOUT adhering to a group and brings lots of self-consciousness, he could not be a Social instinct primary.
Probably not a secondary either, since he is the living opposite of what the Social instinct looks like in a human.
The Social instinct brings a type of social nervousness and insecurity — that he does not display at all. The insecurity is based on the fear of being disliked — and possibly — banished from the group. If times are tough, this is a death sentence.
Given his interest in health and physical fitness, even hiring a movement coach, which was highly unusual at the time, it sure looks like he’s a Self-preservation primary.
Sexual primaries have strong emotional spikes. Here is a good description of the Self-preservation instinct and the Sexual instinct.
The Self-Preservation Instinct (SP)
General goal: Focused on enhancing and protecting personal safety, security, and comfort.
Priorities: Physical well-being, financial security, mental health.
Characteristics: A healthy self-preservation type takes care of practical necessities like paying bills, maintaining the home, and investing in the future. This type tends to be self-sufficient, disciplined, and devoted to self-improvement. “It’s through our self-preservation instinct that we find a more respectful relationship with our bodies,” says Diana Redmond, a certified Enneagram teacher.
Weaknesses: An unbalanced self-preservation instinct can lead to a preoccupation with financial and other forms of security and an obsessive relationship with diet and exercise.
The Sexual Instinct (SX)
General goal: Focused on creating and maintaining a powerful sense of “sizzle” through intense, intimate interactions and experiences.
Priorities: Intimacy, connection, excitement.
Characteristics: Healthy sexual types will often have deep passions, and they aren’t afraid to try new things. The instinct drives them to create truly intimate connections with those they love and to connect with love itself. These types are more in search of chemistry than the sexual act, though they do seek an especially powerful connection with their intimate partners.
Weaknesses: Sexual types practice an exploratory approach to life that can lead to a lack of focus, as well as neediness and promiscuity.
Task Trauma Person
The brain has three main regions where it can dump emotional garbage, or baggage.
- The performance structures of the brain (called: Performance Trauma Person)
- The social structures of the brain (called: Social Trauma Person)
- The task-execution structures of the brain (called: Task Trauma Person)
Performance Trauma Person
A “Performance Trauma Person” will always feel an extra level of anxiety that is unwarranted when operating under stress. This persons brain has thrown a lifetime of unprocessed emotions into this one region of the brain. These are the gym heros that never perform in a real fight. And no one knows why. Until now!
Social Trauma Person
A “Social Trauma Person” will always feel an extra level of anxiety (that is unwarranted) when interacting with people. These kind of people avoid crowd, and well, people in general. As soon as they get around people, they get awkward and anxious.
For a low functioning person, this can lead to a real social phobia. Brock Lesnar is a “Social Trauma Person”, which he describes here:
Task Trauma Person
A “Task Trauma Person” will experience a hightened state of (unwarranted) anxiety when performing boring or coerced tasks. School. Paying bills. Checking your email. Administration. Bureaucracy. Reading a lame IT manual.
I remember getting strong anxiety when reading the lab instructions in chemistry class. I hate checking my email, even though I mostly get good news. I also hate paying my bills, I have no idea why… I am a “Task Trauma Person”, so I guess I do know why…
Conor McGregor is a “Task Trauma Person” also. He tried to be plumber… he couldn’t do it.
It is also known in the hardcore MMA community that Conors training in a day-to-day basis is not that good, and his own coach even said it was “sporadic”. You know? Those things that happen on a normal day, that is the task-execution machine that is operating there.
Conor has also gotten very tired in several fights, and many people believe it is because he is much better than his sparring partners and he’s running circles around them, basically.
Check this out. Owen Roddy is Conor McGregors striking coach.
Roddy agrees in the sense that their current training camp is much more structured and less “sporadic”.
“The training camp is structured way better,” Roddy explained. “The last camp was just a bit sporadic. We didn’t know what time we were training at. Sometimes it was very late at night, sometimes it was early in the morning and nobody really knew.
“Even though we were making all of these sessions, I don’t think that’s good for you when he doesn’t even know what time he’s going to train at, just doing it off feel. For the past couple of months it’s been very regimented.”
This is unusual for a UFC fighter, and highly unusual for a world class fighter like Conor McGregor.
At the deepest level of Conor McGregors psyche, behind everything we have mentioned so far, there is what I call a Confidence & Pleasure fix.
The only other option is the “Insecurity/Questioning fix”, and it sure as hell isn’t that. In fact, Type 8s are so naturally confident most — or all — of them have a Confidence/Pleasure fix, and they can seem a little superhuman because of it. But they have their own demons. Trust me on this one.
All sorts of trust issues, loyalty issues, grudges they can’t let go, fear of showing weakness, fear of becoming old and feeble and weak and pathetic. Paranoia. At low mental health, they become very angry, and that anger burns them from the inside out.