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Ego-Go: The roots of Enneagram personality type 3

Type 3 Ego: Ego-Go


The roots of the Enneagram types come from Oscar Ichazo's ego types. The ego types identified how a person was fixated in ego and the remedy for finding freedom from that.

Below are descriptions of Oscar Ichazo's ego type 3 fixation, trap, holy idea, passion, and virtue reinterpreted for today's Enneagram personality types.

  • Type 3 Fixation and Trap

    Fixation: Vanity comes from gaining a sense of value through accomplishments and subsequent recognition.

    Trap: Efficiency comes from pursuing the most effective path forward toward achieving your set goal.

    The fixation of vanity points to the mental preoccupation of the type 3 ego. The trap of efficiency keeps an individual stuck in the fixation.

  • Type 3 Holy Idea

    Holy Idea: Holy Hope is finding intrinsic value in just being rather than needing affirmation and validation through your accomplishments.

    The fixation of vanity and trap of efficiency keep an individual stuck in the type 3 fixation. The way out of that fixation is through holy hope.

  • Type 3 Passion

    Passion: Deceit involves taking on a persona that appeals to an intended audience. "I have difficulty knowing who I am separate from the image I'm presenting."

    The passion of deceit is the emotional energy that serves the fixation of vanity and trap of efficiency.

  • Type 3 Virtue

    Virtue: Truthfulness appears when you find a sense of self that is true to who you are instead of playing to the expectations of an intended audience.

    The virtue of truthfulness is what appears when the passion of deceit subsides.

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