Complete Guide to the Enneagram: The Personality Types Explained
- Enneagram type 1
I am unacceptable as I am. I must monitor, correct, and improve myself in order to be acceptable and remain above criticism.
- Enneagram type 2
I am unappreciated as I am. I must find appreciation from and connection to people by responding to their needs and desires.
- Enneagram type 3
I am not valued as I am. I must become accomplished and prove myself to gain value and regard in the eyes of others.
- Enneagram type 4
I am lacking as I am. I must find and cultivate what's authentic and uniquely special about myself to stand out from the ordinary.
- Enneagram type 5
I am uninformed as I am. I must objectively observe the world as it is in order to clearly make sense of and navigate it.
- Enneagram type 6
I am uncertain as I am. I must search for someone or something that I can depend on that provides the assurance to move forward.
- Enneagram type 7
I am not satisfied as I am. I must stay open to exciting possibilities that may become available in life and avoid limitations on my pursuits.
- Enneagram type 8
I am disempowered as I am. I must be direct in going after what I want and stand strong against being controlled or taken advantage of.
- Enneagram type 9
I am not in unity as I am. I must accommodate others' agenda and opinions in order to feel at ease and in harmony with them.
- Enneagram Wings
The wings produce two variations of type based on the influence of the types on either side (e.g., 9w1, 9w8).
- Enneagram Instincts
The instincts are generally considered to be three different survival strategies that we use to varying degrees (i.e., sp, sx, so).
- Instinctual Subtypes
The instinctual subtypes divide each of the nine personality types into three subtypes (e.g., sp 1, sx 1, so 1).
- Instinctual Variant Stacking
Instinctual variant stacking describes an individual's preferential order for the three Enneagram instincts (i.e., sp/sx, sx/sp, sp/so, so/sp, sx/so, or so/sx).
- Enneagram Centers
The Enneagram centers of intelligence can be used to identify three Enneagram types (your gut type, heart type, and head type).
- Enneagram Stress and Growth
The inner lines and arrows of the Enneagram symbol are used to represent movement between the types.
- Enneagram Levels
The Enneagram levels of development describe nine levels of fixation or psychological health within each type.
- Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way
Although G.I. Gurdjieff introduced the Enneagram symbol to the world, he used it very differently than the Enneagram personality types.
- Oscar Ichazo and the Ego-Types
The Enneagram personality types find their roots in Oscar Ichazo's five enneagrams which together described nine ego-types.
- Enneagram Fixations
Our habits of mind constrict and limit how we interpret and interact with the world around us.
- Enneagram Traps
The trap is the false remedy for our fixation, perpetuating the fixation instead of resolving it.
- Enneagram Holy Ideas
The holy idea is the true remedy for our fixation by allowing us to see through the fixation.
- Enneagram Passions
The passion represents the emotional energy that supports the corresponding ego-type fixation.
- Enneagram Virtues
Developing the type's virtue allows us to move beyond the passion supporting our ego fixation.
- Enneagram Sins
The seven deadly or capital sins of Christianity are sometimes correlated to the Enneagram passions.
- Claudio Naranjo and the Enneatypes
Today's Enneagram personality types come directly from Claudio Naranjo's enneatypes which evolved from Oscar Ichazo's ego-types.
- Karen Horney and the Stances
The Hornevian groups or stances come from Karen Horney's three types (compliant, detached, and aggressive).
- Enneagram Numbers
The Enneagram numbers are used to reference the nine personality types and place them on the Enneagram symbol.
- Enneagram Circle
Commonalities and influences between the types are explored by their relative position to one another around the circle.
- Enneagram Arrows and Lines
The lines connect each type to two other types. The arrows imply different movements between these two types.
- Enneagram Triads
Triads group the nine types into three groups of three to explore commonalities found within each grouping.