Updated: Nov 17, 2020
In our newest episode of "Insert Verb Here" we talk about how to use our brand new guide to take action and better your life! To help you all out, here is a short breakdown of each of the 9 types of the enneagram! We've also included links to a great resource for going really in depth into your type. Without further ado, here are all of the types explained for you:
Type 1 - The Moral Perfectionist
Core Desire - Having integrity, being good, balanced, accurate, virtuous, and right
Core Fear - Being wrong, bad, evil, inappropriate, unredeemable, or corruptible
Core Weakness - Resentment
Traits - Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
Ones are a body-based type with an emphasis on personal integrity and self control. Their attention goes toward seeing and correcting what is wrong, and doing the right thing. They are known for their honesty, dependability and common sense.
Type 2 - The Supportive Adviser/The Helper
Core Desire - Being appreciated, loved, and wanted.
Core Fear - Being rejected and unwanted, being thought worthless, needy,
inconsequential, dispensable, or unworthy of love.
Core Weakness - Pride
Traits - Generous, Demonstrative, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
Twos are a feeling-based type with a focus on relationships. They excel at making connections and empathizing with the needs and feelings of other people. They are usually good at supporting others and helping bring out their potential. However, turning their attention toward themselves and knowing what they themselves need is much more difficult.
Type 3 - The Successful Achiever
Core Desire - Having high status and respect, being admired, successful, valuable
Core Fear - Being exposed as or thought incompetent, inefficient, or worthless;
failing to be or appear successful
Core Weakness - Deceit
Traits - Adaptable, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
Threes are feeling-based types, but they channel their emotional energy into getting things done. They take the initiative and work hard to accomplish their goals. They are highly adaptable, and they excel at "feeling out" and meeting the expectations of others when that will lead them to success. They like to stay active and on the go, so it's hard to stop or slow down. Their focus on keeping up their image and achieving results can get in the way of personal needs and health.
Type 4 - The Romantic Individualist
Core Desire - Being unique, special, and authentic
Core Fear - Being inadequate, emotionally cut off, plain, mundane, defective,
flawed, or insignificant
Core Weakness - Envy
Traits - Self-Aware, Expressive, Dramatic, and Sensitive
Fours are feeling-based types who often experience a sense of longing and melancholy. Something is missing for them, which can lead to a quest for wholeness through romantic idealism, healing, or aesthetics. When they compare themselves to others, Fours experience feelings of envy. They seek meaning and depth in their relationships, their work, or in a quest for personal creativity.
Type 5 - The Investigative Thinker
Core Desire - Being capable and competent
Core Fear - Being annihilated, invaded, or not existing; being thought incapable or ignorant; having obligations placed upon you or your energy depleted
Core Weakness - Avarice
Traits - Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
Fives are mental types who focus on intellectual understanding and accumulating knowledge. They are often scholars or technical experts because of their keen perception and analytical ability. Privacy and personal autonomy are very important to them, and other people may be experienced as intrusive. The ability to detach from other people and from emotional pressure confers personal freedom, but may also create loneliness.
Type 6 - The Loyal Guardian
Core Desire - Having security, guidance, and support
Core Fear - Feeling fear itself, being without support, security, or guidance; being
blamed, targeted, alone, or physically abandoned
Core Weakness - Anxiety
Traits - Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
Sixes are mental types who use their perception and intellect to understand the world and figure out whether other people are friendly or hostile. They focus on guarding the safety of the group, project or community. Sixes are good at anticipating problems and coming up with solutions. Knowing the rules and making agreements with other people is important, yet at the same time they tend to doubt themselves and question others. They can oscillate between skepticism and certainty, rebel or true believer.
Type 7 - The Entertaining Optimist
Core Desire - Being happy, fully satisfied, and content
Core Fear - Being deprived, trapped in emotional pain, limited, or bored; missing
out on something fun
Core Weakness - Gluttony
Traits - Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered
Sevens are mental types who are forward thinkers and forward movers. They usually bring an optimistic and positive attitude to all of their activities. They are interested in many different subjects. They don't want to be limited to doing one thing and they prefer to keep their options and possibilities open.
Type 8 - The Protective Challenger
Core Desire - Protecting yourself and those in your inner circle
Core Fear - Being weak, powerless, harmed, controlled, vulnerable, manipulated,
and left at the mercy of injustice
Core Weakness - Lust/Excess
Traits - Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
Eights are a body-based type who tend to take charge of situations and step into a leadership role. They are energetic and intense, and they can be intimidating at times to other people. Impatient with rules and regulations, they like to do things their way. By asserting control over their environment, they do their best to protect themselves and anyone else who is part of their family or group.
Type 9 - The Peaceful Mediator
Core Desire - Having inner stability and peace of mind.
Core Fear - Being in conflict, tension, or discord; feeling shut out and overlooked;
losing connection with others.
Core Weakness - Sloth
Traits - Receptive, Reassuring, Complacent, and Resigned
Balanced at the top of the Enneagram, Nines are the most basic and most numerous personality type. They are the "salt of the earth" and the "glue" that holds the community together. People of this type come in all shapes and sizes, but they share a common problem with inertia (or momentum). Whether they are lazy in the traditional sense or hard workers continually on the move, "Nines" have a problem finding and staying with their own priorities. It's hard to change directions or shift attention to what is most important. They "forget" themselves.
The SELF- PRESERVATION instinct governs our needs for material supplies and security, including food, shelter, warmth, and family relations.
The one to one instinct governs our SEXUALITY, our INTIMATE relationships and close friendships, and the vitality of the life force within our bodies.
The SOCIAL instinct governs our needs for belonging and membership within the larger group and community.