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Enneagram Type 1 Center of Intelligence: Gut or Anger Triad

Gut/Body-Based Center

Type 1 Gut/Body-Based Center

Type 1 is located in the 891 triad which is often described as the gut or body-based center. The gut or body types may be described in terms of sensory-somatic (bodily felt sensation), sensory-motor (physical movement and activity), or instinctual (gut decision making).

Type 1 is often very task-oriented. There can be a lot of activity around organizing, correcting, and improving what seems out of place or doesn't measure up to standards for how things should be. It's hard not to notice when things are not done properly and there is room for improvement. The impulse is to point out to others what needs to be done or correct things themself. This may also involve montoring one's own behavior and that of others. 

Type 1 Anger

Types 8, 9, and 1 may also be referred to as anger types, with anger being an energy that pushes against obstacles getting in the way of what's wanted.

Although from the outside type 1 can sometimes appear angry, anger is not usually recognized by the type 1. Instead it takes on other forms such as irritation and criticality, often directed foremost at the self. It's generally felt internally as an energy in service of getting things right or getting others to see what's right. It can sometimes be expressed externally as self-righteous anger or judgment.

Type 1 Behavioral Center

The core focus approach to the Enneagram types labels the 891 triad as the Behavioral Center and more clearly differentiates how types 8, 9, and 1 use that center.

  • Type 8: Behavioral Assertiveness - pushes through obstacles to get what's wanted.
  • Type 9: Behavioral Accommodation - yields to or joins in with the flow of movement.
  • Type 1: Behavioral Correctness - discerns right from wrong and acts accordingly.


You can take a test comparing the three gut types here.


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