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Transcript of Enneagram

The Enneagram
The Perfectionist (The "1")

Also called “The Reformer”
Aggressive ideal seeker

Motivation is to be RIGHT - avoid being WRONG

Realistic, conscientious, and principled
They strive to live up to their high ideals

Confront problems head-on
But, this proactive energy may not always be immediately apparent to others

Often very self-critical and critical of others

What I like about being a 1

Accomplish a great deal

Working hard to make the world a better place

High standards and ethics
Not compromising personal standards

Reasonable, responsible, and dedicated

What's Hard About Being a 1

Disappointed with myself or others with expectations

Feeling burdened by too much responsibility

Thinking that what I do is never good enough

Being upset because others aren't trying as hard as I am

Being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously
The Helper (The "2")

Also called “The People Pleaser”
Embracing power-seeker

Warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive

Focus their lives on giving and receiving love

Very emotionally expressive
one of the most focused on human relationships

Offer "help" that seems intrusive and manipulative to others

It is uncommon to find a 2 in high-profile leadership
What I Like About Being a 2

Being able to relate easily to people and to make friends

Knowing what people need
being able to make their lives better

Being generous, caring, and warm

Being enthusiastic and fun-loving - good sense of humor
What's Hard About Being a 2

Not being able to say no

Having low self-esteem

Feeling drained from overdoing for others

Not doing things I like to do for myself for fear of being selfish

So tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings
The Achiever (The "3")
Also called “The Motivators”
Aggressive approval-seeker


Energetic, optimistic, self-assured, and goal oriented

Being admired is very important to 3s

Competitive - Place great value on winning and looking good while doing it

Publicly, 3s project high self-esteem, driving relentlessly toward life goals
But, privately feel insecure about their self-worth
dependent on what others say about them

They project qualities of leaders: drive, energy, and success

Definition of success is unusually dependent on the values of the society
Hence, they are simultaneously leaders and followers

What I Like About Being a 3

Being optimistic, friendly, and upbeat

Providing well for my family

Recover quickly from setbacks

Charge ahead to the next challenge

Being able to motivate people
What's Hard About Being a 3

Having to put up with inefficiency and incompetence

The fear on not being successful

Struggling to hang on to my success

Putting on facades in order to impress people

Always being "on" - It's exhausting
The Romantic (The "4")

Also called “The Individualist”
Withdrawn ideal-seeker


Have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive

More than any other type, 4s seek to understand themselves

Probe their own emotions to an unusual depth
seeking authenticity of feeling and self-expression

Don't settle for the ordinary or shallow

Unusually self-aware, sensitive, and intuitive, sometimes painfully so
What I Like About Being a 4

Ability to find meaning in life
Experience feeling at a deep level

Ability to establish warm connections with people

Creativity, intuition, and sense of humor

Being unique and being seen as unique by others

Having aesthetic sensibilities

Being able to easily pick up the feelings of people
What's Hard About Being a 4

Experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair

Feelings of self-hatred and shame
believing I don't deserve to be loved

Feeling guilty when I disappoint people

Expecting too much from myself and life

Fearing being abandoned

Longing for what I don't have
The Observer (The "5")

Also called “The Thinker”

Withdrawn power-seeker


The 5s is the scientist "type"

Usually introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful

Identify more strongly with their thoughts than any other personality

5s are known for their sharp intellect

Intensely interested in explaining the world
They try to predict what the world will do next

Independent and self-motivated, with a strong need for privacy

Some of the greatest minds in history were fives

What I Like About Being a 5

Standing back and viewing life objectively

Coming to a thorough understanding

Perceiving causes and effects

My sense of integrity
doing what I think is right
not being influenced by social pressure

Not being caught up in material possessions and status

Being calm in a crisis

What's Hard About Being a 5

Being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world

Feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all

Being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be

Watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence,
do better professionally
The Loyalist (The "6")

Also called “The Questioner”

Embracing approval-seeker

Responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes

Personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken

Average 6s place safety and trust above all else

6s often seek safety in groups of like-minded, trustworthy people

React strongly to this betrayal, either retreating into fear or lashing out

Can range widely, often in strongly self-contradictory ways,
This can lead to problems with indecision and doubt
What I Like About Being a 6

Being committed and faithful to family and friends

Being responsible and hardworking

Being compassionate toward others

Having intellect and wit
What's Hard About Being a 6

The constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

Procrastinating because of fear of failure
Having little confidence in myself

Fear being abandoned or taken advantage of

Exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

Wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

Being too critical of myself
The Adventurer (The "7")

Also called “The Enthusiast”
Embracing ideal-seeker

Energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world

Live lives of action - seeking experience, pursuing plans, dreams, and visions

Extremely exuberant, multi-talented, diverse, curious, and experienced

Youthful spirit, viewing the world as a giant playground

Need for instant gratification

Juggle many different activities and plans in their heads at the same time
What I Like About Being a 7

Being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down

Being spontaneous and free-spirited

Having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures

Being outspoken and outrageous - It's part of the fun

Having such varied interests and abilities

What's Hard About Being a 7

Not having enough time to do all the things I want

Not completing things I start

Not reaping benefits that come from specializing
Often not a commitment to one career

Having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies

Feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship
The Challenger (The "8")

Also called “The Asserter”
Aggressive power-seeker

Direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective

Come across as the toughest of the Enneagram personalities

Speak their minds bluntly, make quick decisions
Respect others who do the same

Project a strong sense of being their own person, refusing to be used or led by others

Demand and need a high degree of autonomy

Can be protective of others

While some types dislike conflict, eights are energized by it
What I Like About Being a 8

Being independent and self-reliant

Being able to take charge and meet challenges head on

Upholding just causes

Being courageous, straightforward, and honest

Getting all the enjoyment I can out of life

Supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me
What's Hard About Being a 8

Overwhelming people with my bluntness

Being restless and impatient with others' incompetence

Sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it

Never forgetting injuries or injustices

Putting too much pressure on myself
The Peacemaker (The "9")

Also called “The Mediator”
Withdrawn approval-seeker

Receptive, good-natured, and supportive
They seek union with others and the world around them

Patient people who are good listeners, adaptable and accommodating to others

Ability to "go with the flow" of their surroundings - desire to be connected with their surroundings

Very accepting and supportive of others as they really are

Can forget who they themselves are
passively agreeing with others
afraid to assert their own desires
What I Like About Being a 9

Being nonjudgmental and accepting

Caring for and being concerned about others

Being able to relax and have a good time

Knowing that most people enjoy my company

Ability to see many different sides of an issue - good mediator and facilitator

Heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now
What's Hard About Being a 9

Being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

Being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

Being confused about what I really want

Caring too much about what others will think of me

Not being listened to or taken seriously

Dynamics of Type 1

World View: The world is an imperfect
place - I work toward improvement

Basic Desire: to be right
Basic Fear: of being condemned

Dynamics of Type 2

World View: People depend on my help - I am needed

Basic Desire: to be loved

Basic Fear: of being unloved
Dynamics of Type 3

World View: The world values a champion, so avoid failure at all costs

Basic Desire: to be admired

Basic Fear: of being rejected

Dynamics of Type 4

World View: Something's missing - Others have it -I'm different from them because I don't

Basic Desire: to understand self

Basic Fear: of being defective
Dynamics of Type 5

World View: The world is invasive and confusing - I need privacy to think

Basic Desire: to understand the world

Basic Fear: of being overwhelmed by the world

Dynamics of Type 6
World View: The world is a threatening place - I need to look to authority, but I question it
Basic Desire: to be secure
Basic Fear: of being abandoned
Dynamics of Type 7

World View: The world is full of opportunity and options - I look forward to the future

Basic Desire: to be happy

Basic Fear: of being deprived
Dynamics of Type 8

World View: The world is an unjust place - I am strong and I defend the innocent

Basic Desire: to be self-reliant

Basic Fear: of submitting to others

Dynamics of Type 9
World View: My efforts won't matter to the world - It's best to keep the peace
Basic Desire: to find union and peace
Basic Fear: of separation
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