About the Enneagram and Personality Types (II)


About the Eneagramm and Personality Types (II)The detailed presentation of the 9 personality types in the enneagram offers us exciting surprises regarding ourselves. But the descriptions below do not represent the full spectrum of a personality type – they only present a few basic traits that will arouse your curiosity.
In short, a new point of view on personality
Type 1: The Reformer, The Perfectionist. It is the principled, idealistic type. Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They fight for what’s right, always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their best, Ones get to be wise, discerning, realistic, and noble.

Type 2: The Helper, The Altruistul. The caring type, always taking care of others. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They tend to be close to others, and often do thing for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with taking care of themselves and with acknowledging their own needs. At their best, Twos are unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for themselves and for others.

Type 3: The Achiever, The Competitive type. The adaptable, success-seeking type. Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are very concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their best, Threes are self-accepting, authentic, and become role models for others.

Type 4: The Individualist, The Artist. Romantic, introverted. Fours are self-aware, sensitive, reserved and quiet. They are emotionally honest, introverted and sincere about their feelings. They can be moody and self-entred. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with self-indulgence and self-pity. At their best, Fours are very inspired and creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences into elements for evolution.

Type 5: The Thinker, The Observer. The cerebral, intense type. Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to easily concentrate and focus and to develop complex ideas and skills. Independent and innovative, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and mental constructs. They become easily detached. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their best, they are visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.

Type 6: The Devoted type, The Loyalist. The reliable, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working and responsible. They can laso be evasive and very anxious, always backing down and living in stress. They are often ironic and indecisive, but also rebellious, defiant and violent. They typically have problems with doubt and suspicion regarding both themselves and others. At their best, they are completely self-confident, they trust others, they are brave and they support the weak.

Type 7: The Enthuziast, The Generalist. The always occupied, very productive type. Sevens are inconstant, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also be scattered and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impulsiveness and superficiality. At their best, they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming happy, fulfilled and grateful.

Type 8: The Leader. The strong, domineering type that likes challenges. Eights are self-confident, strong, and positive. Protective, resourceful and decisive, they can also be very proud and domineering. Eights feel they must control everything, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. They typically have problems with getting close to others. At their best, they are self-controlled, they use their strength to improve other people’s lives, they are magnanimous, generous and they can become great personalities.

Type 9: The Peacemaker, The Mediator.  The calm, easy-going, self-content type. Nines are hospitable, stable and trustworthy. They are kind, calm and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and without conflict and they can also be complacent, minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their best, they are indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.

The enneagram, this fascinating instrument for self-knowledge and personal growth, helps us become aware of the fact that, although every one of us is unique and has his or her own way of seeing and approaching various situations in life, at a much deeper level of the soul there is something we have in common, something that unites us and in which we find ourselves. This unifying mystery that is behind the veil of our personality is our ultimate Essence, the divine spark hidden within us.


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