The Enneagram Types

All Enneagram material used with the kind permission of Don Riso, Russ Hudson and the Enneagram Institute.

Type Nine: The Peacemaker

Type Nine: The Peacemaker

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type:

Receptive and reassuring but can be agreeable and complacent.

Nines are self-accepting, trusting and stable. They are good-natured, kind hearted, easygoing and supportive but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to be without conflict but can tend to be complacent and minimise anything upsetting.

At their best, healthy Nines are indomitable and all-embracing; they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.

Read more

Type Eight: The Challenger

Type Eight: The Challenger

The powerful, dominating type:

Eights are self-confident, strong and assertive, they can also be proud and domineering. Eights feel that they must control their environment.

At their best, healthy Eights are self-mastering –They use their strength to improve others' lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous and sometimes historically great.

Read more

Type Seven: The Enthusiast

Type Seven: The Enthusiast

The busy, fun loving type

Spontaneous and versatile but can be acquisitive and scattered.

Sevens are versatile, optimistic and spontaneous. Playful, high spirited and practical, they can also be overextended, scattered and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting adventures but they can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go.

At their best, healthy Sevens focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming joyous, highly accomplished and full of gratitude.

Read more

Type Six: The Loyalist

Type Six: The Loyalist

The committed, security-oriented type.

Engaging and responsible but can be anxious and suspicious.

Sixes are reliable, hardworking and responsible but they can also be defensive, evasive and highly anxious - running on stress while complaining about it. In situations of uncertainty, Sixes will like to work with people to solve problems. They are often cautious and indecisive.

At their best, healthy Sixes are internally stable, self-confident and self-reliant, courageously supporting the weak and powerless.

Read more

Type Five: The Investigator

Type Five: The Investigator

The intense, cerebral type:

Perceptive and innovative but can be secretive and isolated.

Fives are alert, insightful and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent and innovative, they can become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs.

At their best, healthy Fives are visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time and able to see the world in an entirely new way.

Read more

Type Four: The Individualist

Type Four: The Individualist

The sensitive, withdrawn type:

Fours are self-aware, sensitive, reserved and quiet. They are self-revealing, emotionally honest and personal but they can also be moody and self-consciouos.

Witholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective. They can also feel exempt from ordinary ways of living.

At their best, healthy Fours are inspired and highly creative, able to renew themselves and transform their experience.

Read more

Type Three: The Achiever

Type Three: The Achiever

The success oriented, pragmatic type:

Adaptable, excelling type but can be driven and image-conscious.

Threes are self-assured, attractive and charming. Ambitious, competent and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for personal advancement. Threes are often concerned about their image and what others think of them.

At their best, healthy Threes are self-accepting, authentic and everything they seem to be – role models who inspire others.

Read more

Type Two: The Helper

Type Two: The Helper

The caring, interpersonal type:

Generous and demonstrative but can be people pleasing and possessive.

Twos are empathetic, sincere and warm-hearted. They are driven to be close to others.

At their best, healthy Twos are unselfish and altruistic and have unconditional love for themselves and others.

Read more

Type One: The Reformer

Type One: The Reformer

The rational, idealistic type:

Principaled and purposeful but can be self-controlled and perfectionistic.

Ones are ethical and conscientious with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers and crusaders, always striving to improve things but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organised, orderly and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic.

At their best, healthy Ones are wise, discerning, realistic and noble as well as being morally heroic.

Read more