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Enneagram Type 3: Esteem and Emotional Affirmation

Enneagram type 3

Enneagram type 3 has a core focus on finding esteem and value by way of emotional affirmation or validation for what they accomplish.

Self-Concern: “I am not esteemed or valued as I am.”

Compensation: "I must become accomplished and prove myself to gain value and regard in the eyes of others."

Core Assumption: Affirmation comes from the positive regard of others for how I’m seen and what I accomplish. This requires that I not only package myself and perform in ways that will garner that recognition and positive regard but also find ways of measuring my success toward those ends.

Focus of Attention is on accomplishing goals and the expectations of my target audience.


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