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What Type Are You ~ Enneagram

Seven Streams to WellnessIntroduction to the Enneagram
 
 
Ø  The Enneagram system
Ø  Wings
Ø  Enneagram type descriptions

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The Enneagram system 

The Enneagram, in its simplest use, is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types. Everyone is considered to be one single type, although one can have traits belonging to other ones. While its uncertain whether this is genetically determined, many believe it is already in place at birth.

 

The nine types--or Enneatypes--are universally identified by the numbers 1 to 9. These numbers have a standard way of being placed around the Enneagram symbol. Enneagram authors have attached their own individual names to these numbers. On this site, the type names by authors Riso and Hudson are used. They are as follows on the diagram to the right.

 

People of a particular type have several characteristics in common; nevertheless, they can be quite different, depending on each individuals level of mental health, among other things. The book, Personality Types provides information on type descriptions for each enneagram level.

 

Wings

Usually a person has characteristics of one of the types that lies adjacent to that persons own type, and that adjacent type is more prominent in that particular person. This is called the wing. So someone who is a Type 5 might have a 4 wing or a 6 wing. This may be abbreviated to 5w4 and 5w6. If one doesnt have a dominant wing, the wings are said to be balanced.


Enneagram type descriptions
 

Type 1 – The Reformer

Perfectionist, responsible, fixated on improvement. Ones are essentially looking to make things better, as they think nothing is ever quite good enough. This makes them perfectionists who want to reform and improve, who desire to make order out of the   omnipresent chaos. 

Type 2 – The Helper

Helpers need to be needed. Twos essentially feel they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others. Love is their highest ideal. Selflessness is their duty. Giving to others is their reason for being. Involved, socially aware, usually extroverted, Twos are the type of people who remember everyones birthday and who go the extra mile to help out a co-worker, spouse or friend in need. 

Type 3 – The Achiever

Focused on the presentation of success to attain validation, Threes need to be validated in order to feel worthy. They pursue and want to be admired. They are frequently hard working, competitive and are highly focused in the pursuit of their goals, whether their goal is to be the most successful salesman in their company or the “sexiest” woman in their social circle.

Type 4 – The Individualist

Identity seekers who feel unique and different, Fours build identities around the perception of themselves as being somehow different or unique. They are thus self-consciously individualistic. They tend to see their differences from others as being both a gift and a curse--a gift, because it sets them apart from those they perceive as being somehow common, and a curse, because it so often seems to separate them from the simpler forms of happiness that others readily seem to enjoy. 

Type 5 – The Investigator

 Thinkers who tend to withdraw and observe, Fives essentially fear they dont have enough inner strength to face life, so they tend to withdraw, to retreat into the safety and security of the mind where they can mentally prepare for their emergence into the world. Fives feel comfortable and at home in the realm of thought. They are generally intelligent, well read and thoughtful and they frequently become experts in the areas that capture their interest.

Type 6 – The Loyalist

Conflicted between trust and distrust, Sixes essentially feel insecure, as though there is nothing quite steady enough to hold onto. At the core of the Type Six personality is a kind of fear or anxiety. Sixes dont trust easily. They are often ambivalent about others until the person has absolutely proven herself, at which point they are likely to respond with steadfast loyalty.

Type 7 – The Enthusiast

Pleasure seekers and planners in search of distraction, Sevens are essentially concerned that their lives be an exciting adventure. They are future-oriented, restless people who are generally convinced that something better is just around the corner. They are quick thinkers who have a great deal of energy and who make lots of plans. They tend to be extroverted, multi-talented, creative and open-minded.

Type 8 – The challenger

Taking charge because they dont want to be controlled-- either by others or by their circumstances--Eights fully intend to be masters of their fate. They are strong willed, decisive, practical, tough minded and energetic. They also tend to be domineering. Their unwillingness to be controlled by others frequently manifests in the need to control.

Type 9 – The Peace maker

Keeping peace and harmony, Nines essentially feel a need for peace and harmony. They tend to avoid conflict at all costs, whether it is internal or interpersonal. As the potential for conflict in life is virtually ubiquitous, the Nines desire to avoid it generally results in some degree of withdrawal from life, and many Nines are, in fact, introverted. Other Nines lead more active, social lives, but nevertheless remain to some degree checked out, or not fully involved, as if to insulate themselves from threats to their peace of mind.
 

 

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The instinctual variants of the enneagram

Ø  Self-preservation

Ø  Sexual and 

Ø  Social instincts

 In addition to the Enneagram types, people are also considered to be one of three instinctual variants, also called subtypes:

The Self-preservation--dealing with oneself, the Sexual--dealing with another person, and the Social--dealing with the group.

    

Self-preservation Variant

People of the self-preservation variant are generally trying to be comfortable and independent. Their well-being is important to them, so they pay much attention to their health, house and financial position. They are less interested in interpersonal contact, and are typically less spontaneous and dont show as much emotion as people of the other two subtypes of their Enneagram type.

 

Sexual Variant

People of the sexual variant are interested in one-to-one contacts. They are looking for intimacy and this may show in sexuality, though not necessarily. Being in a relationship is important to them. They are the most passionate of the subtypes, being temperamental and having more energy. They have less of a problem with getting into a fight and care little about rules and responsibility.

 

Social Variant

People of the social variant prefer to be in groups or teams. They are more interested than the other subtypes in the position that they and others have in a group and are consequently concerned with status. Wanting to be accepted, they try to fit in and be nice.

 


 


Enneagram Type 1 - The Reformer

 

Perfectionists, responsible, fixated on improvement...

People of this type are essentially looking to make things better since they think nothing is ever quite good enough. This makes them perfectionists who desire to reform and improve. They are idealists who strive to make order out of the omnipresent chaos.

 

Ones have a fine eye for detail. They are always aware of the flaws in themselves, others and the situations in which they find themselves. This triggers their need to improve, which can be beneficial for all concerned, but which can also prove to be burdensome to both the One and those who are on the receiving end of the One’s reform efforts. The One’s inability to achieve the perfection they desire feeds their feelings of guilt for having fallen short and fuels their incipient anger against an imperfect world.  Ones tend to feel guilty about their anger. Anger is a “bad” emotion, and Ones strive sincerely and wholeheartedly to be “good.” Anger is therefore vigorously repressed from consciousness, bursting forth in occasional fits of temper, but usually manifesting in one of its many less obvious permutations – impatience, frustration, annoyance and judgmental criticality.  For this reason, Ones can be difficult to live with, but, on the high side, they tend to be loyal, responsible and capable partners and friends.

 

Ones are serious people. They tend to be highly principled, competent and uncompromising.  They follow the rules and expect others to do so as well.  Because they believe so thoroughly in their convictions, they are often excellent leaders who can inspire those who follow them with their own vision of excellence. Reform movements are frequently spearheaded by Ones.

 

Ones are often driven, ambitious, and are sometimes workaholics.  But whatever their professional involvement, they are definitely active, practical people who get things done. They are natural-born organizers, list makers who finish everything on the list, the last one to leave the office, the first one to return, industrious, reliable, honest and dutiful.

 

The relentlessness of their pursuit of the ideal can make Ones people who have a hard time relaxing and who unnecessarily deny themselves many of the harmless pleasures of life.  They tend to be emotionally repressed and uncomfortable with expressing tender feelings; they generally see emotionality as a sign of weakness and lack of control; they are seldom spontaneous; they have multiple interests and talents; they are self-reliant and seldom run out of things to do. 

 

Ones are often intelligent and independent and can easily mistake themselves for Fives, but unlike Fives, Ones are primarily people of action, not thought.  Ones tend to worry and are prone to anxiety and can sometimes mistype as Sixes, but they are far less attached than Sixes and their standards are not reached by seeking consensus with a group.  Finally, the relentless pursuit of perfection can take its toll and lead to depression. At such time, a One can mistype as a Four. But Fours have a tendency toward self-indulgence whereas Ones are self- denying.  Fours are emotionally expressive; Ones are emotionally constrained.

 

Evolving Towards Your Highest Stream of the
Enneagram Type 1 - The Reformer

Compassion 

Ones want to be “good” and generally have a morality based on the rigid adherence to rules, but true goodness requires compassion and compassion comes from the heart. Working to open the HEART helps Ones develop the compassion for others (and themselves) that they sometimes lack.

 

Feeling 

Ones tend to repress their emotions. They are often quite stiff. Becoming more grounded helps Ones to be more passionate and feeling.

 

Smooth Flow of Emotions 

The Ones strong super-ego keeps the emotions--especially anger--under rigid control. But emotions need to flow, or they will build up.

 
 

 


Enneagram Type 2 - The Helper

Helpers need to be needed...

People of this type essentially feel they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others. Love is their ideal. Selflessness is their duty. Giving to others is their reason for being. Involved, socially aware, usually extroverted, Twos are the type of people who remember everyones birthday and who go the extra mile to help out a co-worker, spouse or friend in need.

Twos are warm, emotional people who care a great deal about their personal relationships; devote an enormous amount of energy to them, and who expect to be appreciated for their efforts. They are practical people who thrive in the “helping” professions and who know how to make a home comfortable and inviting.


Helping others makes Twos feel good about themselves; being needed makes them feel important; being selfless makes Twos feel virtuous. Much of a Twos self-image revolves around these issues, and any threat to that self-image is scarcely tolerated.

 

Twos are thoroughly convinced of their selflessness, and it is true that they are frequently genuinely helpful and concerned about others. It is equally true, that Twos require appreciation. They need to be needed. Their love is not entirely without ulterior motive.

Twos often develop a sense of entitlement when it comes to the people closest to them. Because they have extended themselves for others, they begin to feel that gratitude is owed to them. They can become intrusive and demanding if their often unacknowledged emotional needs go unmet. They can be bossy and manipulative, feeling entirely justified in being so, because they have, in their own eyes, earned the right, and they feel their intentions are good. The darkest side of the type Two fixation appears when the Two begins to feel that they will never receive the love they deserve for all of their efforts. Under such circumstances, they can become hysterical, irrational and even abusive.

Because Twos are generally helping others meet their needs, they can forget to take care of their own. This can lead to physical burnout, emotional exhaustion and emotional volatility. Twos need to learn that they can only be of true service to others if they are healthy, balanced and centered in themselves.

Twos can mistype themselves if they are not in an obvious helper role in their professional lives. They might not recognize the extent of their involvement in assisting others. This is especially true for male Twos who have not received the same social rewards for helping as female Twos receive. Male Twos frequently mistype as Ones or Threes, the wings of Twos. Females of all types are bound to recognize some of the dynamics of Type Two in their personalities, as such qualities have been socially reinforced. Female Nines, for instance, are especially prone to mistyping as Twos, particularly if they are the mothers of small children. But Nines are self-effacing and humble. Twos are proud and have a strong sense of their own worth.

  

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of Your
Enneagram Type 2 - The Helper
 

The Twos Own Needs 

Grounding provides Twos with the sense of stability they need to attend to their own needs instead of focusing their energy on catering to the needs of others.

 

Emotions 

Twos are emotional people and are sometimes too emotional. Unrestrained emotionality can result in a kind of nervousness that can be relieved by participating in challenging brain activities/games.

 

Thinking Instead of Emoting 

Twos look outward for a sense of meaning and purpose in their live. With their focus on emotion and their emphasis on relationships, they often overlook the importance of introspection, and they frequently fail to develop wisdom and self-knowledge.

 



Enneagram Type 3 - The Achiever

Focused on the presentation of success, to attain validation...

People of this type need to be validated in order to feel worthy. They pursue success and want to be admired.  They are frequently hard working, competitive and highly focused in the pursuit of their goals, whether that is to be the most successful salesman in their company or the sexiest woman in their social circle. They are often self-made and usually find some area in which they can excel and thus find the external approbation they so desperately need. Threes are socially competent, often extroverted, and sometimes charismatic. They know how to present themselves, are self-confident, practical, and driven.  Threes have a lot of energy and often seem to embody a kind of zest for life that others find contagious. They are good networkers who know how to rise through the ranks. But, while Threes do tend to succeed in whatever realm they focus their energies, they are often secretly afraid of being or becoming losers.

Threes can sometimes find intimacy difficult. Their need to be validated for their image often hides a deep sense of shame about who they really are, a shame they unconsciously fear will be unmasked if another gets too close. Threes are often generous and likable, but are difficult to really know. When unhealthy, their narcissism takes an ugly turn and they can become cold blooded and ruthless in the pursuit of their goals.
 

Because it is central to the Type Three fixation to require external validation, Threes often, consciously and unconsciously, attempt to embody the image of success that is promoted by their culture. Threes get in trouble when they confuse true happiness, which depends on inner states, with the image of happiness, which society has promoted. If a Three has a good job and an attractive mate, she might be willing, through an act of self-deception which is also self-betrayal, to ignore the inner promptings which tell her that neither her job nor her mate are fulfilling her deeper needs. Even the most successful Threes, who generally appear quite happy, often hide a deeply felt sense of meaninglessness. The attainment of the image never quite satisfies.

Threes can sometimes mistype themselves when they mistake the more superficial features of their personalities as indicators of their type. So, for instance, an intellectual Three might mistype as a Five; a Three who is devoted to her role as mother might think she is a Two; a Three in a leadership position might mistype as an Eight and so on.  Regardless of the manifestation, the ore of the Type Three fixation is the deep need for external validation. 


  Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 3 - The Achiever
 

The Heart 

As Threes get absorbed in the pursuit of validation and success, they tend to cut themselves off from the true desires of the heart. They may even deceive themselves about how they really feel.

 

Compassion 

Working with the heart helps Threes become more compassionate and sensitive to both themselves and others.

 

Working Awareness 

When Threes overwork in their pursuit of successey often become tense and repress their emotions.

 

Feelings and Intimacy 

In addition to repressing emotions, Threes sometimes develop a fear of true intimacy. They fear intimacy because they worry that others are attracted to them for the images they project, not for themselves. Or sometimes they so identify with their images that they even become afraid of their true feelings and begin to ignore them. As they ignore their feelings, they become increasingly alienated from themselves. Grounding exercises can help Threes feel more capable of dealing with intimacy and the feelings that it arouses.

   




Enneagram Type 4 - The Individualist

Identity seekers, who feel unique and different...

People of this type tend to build their identities around their perception of themselves as being somehow different or unique. They are self-consciously individualistic. Fours tend to see their difference from others as being both a gift and a curse – a gift, because it sets them apart from those they perceive as being somehow common, and a curse, as it so often seems to separate them from the simpler forms of happiness that others so readily seem to enjoy. Thus, Fours can manage to feel superior to others while also secretly harboring some degree of longing and envy. They have the feeling of being a member of the true aristocracy alternating with deep feelings of shame and fears of somehow being deeply flawed or defective.
 

Fours are emotionally complex and highly sensitive. They long to be understood and appreciated for their authentic selves, but easily feel misunderstood and unappreciated. They have a tendency to withdraw in the face of a world that seems harsh or crude and are often somewhat moody or temperamental. They are emotionally centered and spend much of their lives immersed in their internal mental landscapes where they feel free to cultivate and analyze their feelings. A desire to manifest this internal world often leads Fours to an interest in the arts, and some do become actual artists. Whether artistic or not, most Fours are aesthetically sensitive and concerned with self-expression and self-revelation, whether it be in the clothes they wear or in the overall nature of their often idiosyncratic lifestyles.

Fours are somewhat melancholic by disposition and under stress tend to lapse into depression. They also tend to be self-absorbed, even under the best of circumstances, but when unbalanced, Fours easily give way to a self-indulgence which they perceive as being fully justified as a way to compensate for the general lack of pleasure they experience in their lives. Rather than look for practical solutions to their difficulties, Fours are prone to fantasizing about a savior who will rescue them from their unhappiness.

Intellectual Fours tend to mistakenly type themselves as Fives, and heavy wing can certainly exacerbate this tendency. Fours, unlike Fives, tend to be self-revealing and comfortable with emotional expression.

 
 

 Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 4 - The Individualist

 

Feeling at Home in Reality 

Fours tend to escape reality into a world of idealized fantasy. This weakens their sense of feeling at home in reality. Their tendency to feel unappreciated can also increase this sense of alienation.

 

Self-esteem 

As Fours often focus on what they perceive to be their defects, they tend to lack self-confidence and to have low self-esteem. This resulting lack of assertiveness can be counteracted by strengthening their personal power. This will also help with the Fours tendency to withdraw.

 

The Heart 

Opening the heart can help Fours be more compassionate toward themselves and others. A strengthened heart helps them to connect better to people and to cease obsessing about themselves.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Enneagram Type 5 - The Investigator

Thinkers who tend to withdraw and observe...


People of this type essentially fear they dont have enough inner strength to face life, so they tend to withdraw, to retreat into the safety and security of the mind where they can mentally prepare for their emergence into the world. Fives feel comfortable and at home in the realm of thought. They are generally intelligent, well read and thoughtful, and they frequently become experts in the areas that capture their interest. While they are sometimes scientifically oriented, especially with the Six wing, just as many Fives are drawn to the humanities, and it is not at all uncommon for Fives to have artistic inclinations. Fives are often a bit eccentric. They feel little need to alter their beliefs to accommodate majority opinion, and they refuse to compromise their freedom to think just as they please. The problem for Fives is that while they are comfortable in the realm of thought, they are frequently a good deal less comfortable when it comes to dealing with their emotions, the demands of a relationship, or the need to find a place for themselves in the world. Fives tend to be shy, nonintrusive, independent and reluctant to ask for the help that others might well be happy to extend to them.

Fives are sensitive. They dont feel adequately defended against the world. To compensate for their sensitivity, Fives sometimes adopt an attitude of careless indifference or intellectual arrogance, which has the unfortunate consequence of creating distance between themselves and others. Trying to bridge the distance can be difficult for Fives, as they are seldom comfortable with their social skills, but when they do manage it, they are often devoted friends and lifelong companions.

Fives are usually somewhat restrained when it comes to emotional expression, but they often have stronger feelings than they let on. Few people know what is going on beneath the surface, as Fives have an often exaggerated need for privacy and a deep-seated fear of intrusion. Because of their sensitivity and their fears of inadequacy, Fives fear being overwhelmed either by the demands of others or by the strength of their own emotions. They sometimes deal with this by developing a minimalistic lifestyle in which they make few demands on others in exchange for few demands being made on them. Other Fives make their peace with the messiness of life and engage it more fully, but they almost always retain their fears that life is somehow going to demand more of them than they can deliver.
 

 

Fives, especially with the Four wing, sometimes mistype themselves as Fours.  Such Fives recognize that they have strong emotions and dont identify with the often extremely cerebral portrait of Type Five, but Fives, unlike Fours, always retain some degree of discomfort when it comes to the expression of their emotional states. However much facility they may gain with it, the language of emotion is not their native tongue.  
 

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 5 - The Investigator

 

Thinking and The Instinctual Centers 

The Fives tendency to think too much creates difficulties, as the needs of the body are often overlooked.  The instinctual energies are especially important to our overall sense of well-being, and these energies become weakened from too much thinking.

 

Grounding and Being More Present 

It is especially important for Fives to strengthen their grounding capabilities, as this will help to counteract the Fives tendency to feel overwhelmed and to withdraw in response to that. Solid grounding will help the Five feel more balanced and more present, more in the here and now.

 

Assertiveness 

As a lack of assertiveness can contribute to the tendency to withdraw, working with personal empowerment can be beneficial.

 

Feelings 

The Fives tendency to ignore and hide feelings can actually cause the Five to be alienated from the emotions. It is time to STOP! Really stop and start asking yourself: What am I feeling RIGHT NOW?

 



  Enneagram Type 6 - The Loyalist

Conflicted between trust and distrust...

 

People of this type essentially feel insecure, as though there is nothing quite steady enough to hold onto. At the core of the Type Six personality is a kind of fear or anxiety. This anxiety has a deep source and can manifest in a variety of different styles, making Sixes somewhat difficult to describe and to type. What all Sixes have in common is the fear rooted at the center of their personality which manifests in worrying and restless imaginings of everything that might go wrong. This tendency makes Sixes gifted at troubleshooting, but also robs the Six of much needed peace of mind and tends to deprive the personality of spontaneity. The essential anxiety at the core of the Type Six fixation tends to permeate the personality with a sort of defensive suspiciousness. Sixes dont trust easily. They are often ambivalent about others until the person has absolutely proven herself, at which point they are likely to respond with steadfast loyalty. The loyalty of the Six is something of a tow-edged sword as Sixes are sometimes prone to stand by a friend, partner, job or cause even long after it is time to move on.
 

Sixes are generally looking for something or someone to believe in. This, combined with their general suspiciousness, gives rise to a complicated relationship to authority. The side of the Six which is looking for something to believe in is often susceptible to the temptation to turn authority over to an external source, whether it be in the form of an individual or a creed. But the Sixs tendency toward distrust and suspicion works against any sort of faith in authority. Thus, two opposite pulls exist side by side in the personality of Type Six, and they assume different proportions in different individuals, sometimes alternating within the same individual.

The truly confounding element when it comes to typing Sixes is that there are two fundamentally different strategies that Sixes adopt for dealing with fear. Some Sixes are basically phobic. Phobic Sixes are generally compliant, affiliative and cooperative. Other Sixes adopt the opposite strategy of dealing with fear and become counter phobic, essentially taking a defiant stand against whatever they find threatening. This is the Six who takes on authority or who adopts a daredevil attitude toward physical danger. Counter phobic Sixes can be aggressive and, rather than looking for authority, can adopt a rebellious or anti-authoritarian demeanor. Counter phobic Sixes are often unaware of the fear that motivates their actions. In fact, Sixes in general, tend to be blind to the extent of their own anxiety. Because it is the constant backdrop to all of their emotions, Sixes are frequently unaware of its existence, as they have nothing with which to contrast it.

Because Sixes so frequently fail to appreciate the extent of their own fear, they often mistype themselves. It is common for instance, for female Sixes to mistype as Twos, especially if they are identified with a helper role, but Sixes have a much more ambivalent attitude toward relationships than do Twos, who generally know exactly what they want. Sixes, failing to recognize their anxiety, can mistype as Nines, but Nines have the ability to relax and to trust in others, neither of which comes easily to Sixes. Sixes can mistype as Fours, especially if they have artistic inclinations, but they lack the Fours self-absorption. They can mistype as Fives, especially if they are intellectual, as many Sixes are, but unlike Fives, Sixes tend to be practical. Finally, counter phobic Sixes can easily mistype as Eights, but they lack the Eights self-certainty.

 

 

 

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 6 – The Loyalist

Fear

The basic problem for Sixes is their tendency to approach the world from an attitude of fear and anxiety. While counter phobic Sixes are generally not as aware of their fear as phobic Sixes, it is present nevertheless.

 

Key to Calming Fear 

Too much fear causes specific kinds of damage to the hormonal system of the body. This damage manifests as a kind of nervousness, which in turn can easily lead to more fear. Although all Enneatypes possess various levels of fear, Sixes experience the most. This damage can be counteracted by meditation practice. Meditation is ideal for reducing the destructive nature of fear.

Insight 

Sixes tend to lack faith in themselves and in the power of their own insight. This often manifests as an over reliance on authorities, belief systems and well-established routines. Improving intuition helps Sixes achieve insight so they can learn to rely on their own judgment.

 


Enneagram Type 7 - The Enthusiast

Pleasure seekers and planners, in search of distraction...



People of this type are essentially concerned that their lives be an exciting adventure. Sevens are future oriented, restless people who are generally convinced that something better is just around the corner. They are quick thinkers who have a great deal of energy and who make lots of plans. They tend to be extroverted and multi-talented, creative and open-minded. They are enthusiasts who enjoy the pleasures of senses and who dont believe in any form of self-denial.

Sevens are practical people who have multiple skills. They know how to network and to promote themselves and their interests. They often have an entrepreneurial spirit and are able to convey their enthusiasm to those with whom they come in contact. When they are able to focus their talents, they are often highly successful. Focusing does not always come easily for Sevens.

Their tendency to believe that something better awaits them makes them reluctant to narrow down their options or to pursue their aims with true devotion.

The central problem for Sevens is that their pursuit of pleasure is compulsive. Sevens are fear types who are specifically afraid of the power of negative states of mind. These they avoid by seeking distraction in the external environment: by multi-tasking, by keeping their options open, by engaging in stimulation-seeking of all kinds. For this reason, Sevens are more prone than most to addictions of all sorts, whether it is shopping, gambling, drugs or whatever.

Sevens usually have a high opinion of themselves and their talents. They tend to focus on their strengths and virtues and to downplay their flaws and vices. They are often a bit self-centered which manifests in an unfounded feeling of entitlement. As Sevens dont want to confront their own darker emotions, they also have difficulty acknowledging the pain that others experience, so that they sometimes have a hard time seeing the reality of other people. The extent of the Sevens flight from negative emotions is really a measure of the Sevens mental health...the more the Seven flees from them, the more their strength grows and the more likely they are to erupt into consciousness in the form of an anxiety disorder or a severe depressive episode.

As they are forward-looking and not especially prone to introspection, it is not uncommon for Sevens to mistype themselves. Sometimes they mistype as Eights, because Sevens, too, can be domineering, especially if Eight is the dominant wing. But Eights are not anxious, and they lack the quick, mental energy that is characteristic of the Seven. Sevens can easily mistype as Threes, but Threes are much more single-minded than Sevens and dont suffer from the desire to keep all options open. Surprisingly, Sevens can mistype as Fours. When they recognize the disparity between the optimistic, fun-loving persona that they project to the world and their own, often anxious internal mental states, they can confuse their pain with the melancholia of type Four. Sevens are in flight from this pain whereas Fours often cultivate their negative mental states.

 

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 7 - The Enthusiast

Restlessness 

The Sevens search for fun and distraction causes restlessness and excitability. Consequently, Sevens frequently have a hard time falling asleep and tend to stay up too late. An exercise program helps Sevens feel calmer and thus facilitates sleep. Getting enough sleep will, in turn, help the Seven feel calmer.

 

Thinking and Anxiety 

Sevens are mental types...they tend to think too much. They are constantly planning and turning ideas over in their minds. This constant thinking can create an underlying fatigue that can be lifted by participating in a meditation practice. Meditation is also useful for alleviating the anxiety that Sevens often have, even though they are frequently unaware of it.

 

Becoming Grounded 

When Sevens become more grounded, they ease their attempt to escape anxieties.

 

Listening to the Heart 

While Sevens think they are receptive to the true desire of their hearts, they actually tend to act on impulse, which is something else entirely. Sometimes in their pursuit of distraction, they can become insensitive to their true needs and to the needs of others.
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 



Enneagram Type 8 - The Challenger

Taking charge, because they don’t want to be controlled...


People of this type are essentially unwilling to be controlled, either by others or by their circumstances. They fully intend to be masters of their fate. Eights are strong-willed, decisive, practical, tough-minded and energetic. They also tend to be domineering. Their unwillingness to be controlled by others frequently manifests in the need to control others instead. When healthy, this tendency is kept under check, but the tendency is always there, and it can assume a central role in the Eights interpersonal relationships.
 

Eights generally have powerful instincts and strong physical appetites which they indulge without feelings of shame or guilt. They want a lot out of life and feel fully prepared to go out and get it. They need to be financially independent and often have a hard time working for anyone. This sometimes necessitates that the Eight opt out of the system entirely, assuming something of an outlaw mentality. Most Eights find a way to be financially independent while making their peace with society, but they always retain an uneasy association with any hierarchical relationship that sees the Eight in any position other than the top position.

Eights have a hard time lowering their defenses in intimate relationships. Intimacy involves emotional vulnerability and such vulnerability is one of the Eights deepest fears. Betrayal of any sort is absolutely intolerable and can provoke a powerful response on the part of the violated Eight. Intimate relationships are frequently the arena in which an Eights control issues are most obviously played out and questions of trust assume pivotal position. Eights often have a sentimental side that they dont even show to their intimates...such is their fear of vulnerability. While trust does not come easily to an Eight, when an Eight does take someone into the inner sanctum, they find a steadfast ally and stalwart friend. The Eights powerful protective instincts are called into play when it comes to the defense of family and friends, and Eights are frequently generous to a fault in providing for those under their care.

Female Eights are far more likely to mistype than male Eights, as many of the traits typical to the Type Eight personality have been discouraged in females. For the most part, it is other types who mistake themselves for Eights. This is especially common in male counter phobic Sixes who fail to recognize that their aggression is a cover for a deep-seated anxiety. Sevens, too, are prone to mistype as Eight, but Sevens lack the intensity of focus typical of the Type Eight, and while both Sevens and Eights have high energy personalities, Eights have a physically based energy, whereas the Sevens energetic pattern has a nervous, mental quality to it.

   

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type 8 - The Challenger

 

Anger 

Eights get angry easily as it makes them feel strong, yet being angry often creates a heat in the body thats unhealthy. It may show as a red face, headaches or feeling warm. This heat in turn contributes to more feelings of anger, resulting in a cycle that can be difficult to break.

 

Kindness Instead of Fighting 

The Eights focus on power and conflict may make them lose sight of the importance of compassion and kindness. Doing heart meditations can teach them that conflict isnt always the solution to differences.

 

 

Thinking Before Acting 

As Eights tend to act on impulse and go with their instincts, they tend to have underdeveloped insight and thinking. Remember to STOP and take an awareness breath before reacting.

 



Enneagram Type 9 – The Peacemaker

Keeping peace and harmony...



People of this type essentially feel a need for peace and harmony.  They tend to avoid conflict at all costs, whether it is internal or interpersonal. As the potential for conflict in life is virtually ubiquitous, the Nine’s desire to avoid it generally results in some degree of withdrawal from life, and many Nines are, in fact, introverted.  Other Nines lead more active, social lives, but nevertheless remain to some to degree checked out, or not fully involved, as if to insulate themselves from threats to their peace of mind. Most Nines are fairly easy-going. They adopt a strategy of going with the flow. They are generally reliable, sturdy, self-effacing, tolerant, and likable individuals.
 

The Nine’s inability to tolerate conflict sometimes translates into an overall conservative approach to change. Change can provoke unpleasant feelings and disrupt the Nine’s desire for comfort.  Less healthy Nines seem incapable of motivating themselves to move into action and bring about effective change. When change does come, as it generally will, Nines find that they are usually well able to adapt. They tend to be more resilient than they give themselves credit for.  In fact, Nines tend not to give themselves enough credit in general, and their self-effacing attitude often seems to invite others to take them for granted or to overlook their other significant contributions.  This can cause a subterranean anger to build inside the Nine’s psyche, which can erupt into consciousness in occasional fits of temper which quickly blow over, but which more often manifests itself in passive-aggressive foot-dragging.  Being overlooked is often a source of a deep sadness in Nines, a sadness that they scarcely ever give voice to.

Nines frequently mistype themselves as they have a rather diffuse sense of their own identities.  This is exacerbated by the fact that Nines often merge with their loved ones and through a process of identification, take on the characteristics of those closest to them. Female Nines frequently mistype as Twos, especially if they are the mothers are small children.  Nines are self-effacing whereas Twos are quite aware of their own self-worth.  Nines also mistake themselves for Fours, but Nines tend to avoid negative emotions whereas Fours often exacerbate them. Intellectual Nines, especially males, frequently mistype as Fives, but Fives are intellectually contentious whereas Nines are conciliatory and avoid conflict.

 

 

Evolving Towards the Highest Stream of
Enneagram Type - The Peacemaker

Assertiveness and Self-esteem 

Nines have trouble asserting themselves and with making themselves heard. As self-assertion is particularly associated with self-empowerment, practicing this art is of importance. This is important for Nines as their natural tendency is to acquiesce too frequently to the wishes and needs of others.

 

Decisiveness and Focus 

The Nine’s tendency to see situations from every possible angle before coming to a decision actually leads to indecisiveness and lack of focus. Indecisiveness, in turn, leads to inertia and timidity..

 

Passion and Feeling  

Nines generally don’t have a strong sense of their identity.  Although it is also the result of their lack of self-assertion, their tendency to repress their feelings is a major cause. This can result in a lack of passion and even numbness. Grounding exercises help them get into contact with their feelings again, and thereby, with themselves.
 

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Bhagavati Harris ~ Health & Wellness Coach,  Nutritional Consultant, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Certified Enneagram Practitioner, Certified Emotional Freedom Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, & Personal Trainer.

 

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