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Enneagram Type 9 Descriptions: Sample Interpretations

Enneagram type 9 names

Enneagram type 9 names and descriptions vary between different authors, teachers, and schools of the Enneagram types. Two common names are The Peacemaker and The Mediator.

The descriptions for Enneagram type 9 in books and on the Internet often emphasize a particular school's interpretation or borrow elements from various interpretations. Although these descriptions of type 9 can be similar in many ways, there can also be differences.

Below are samplings from some of the more popular interpretations. Click on the sources after the descriptions to further explore these interpretations.

The Peacemaker, The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent1

Basic Fear: Of loss and separation, of annihilation1

Basic Desire:  To maintain their inner stability and peace of mind1

Basic Proposition: You gain belonging by merging with others, and comfort by dispersing your energy into objects and activities.2

Strengths: Excellent mediators, caring, supportive, adaptive, steady, receptive, non-judgmental2

Challenges: Stubborn, ambivalent, self-forgetful, indecisive, conflict-avoidant2

Energy goes into: Being sensitive to others and trying to please them instead of myself. Keeping life comfortable and familiar. Maintaining harmony, structure, and routine to make life predictable. Containing anger. Doing the less essential and comforting activities rather than the more important and more disturbing ones.3

The Peacemaker: Pleasant, laid back and accommodating, they are motivated by a need to keep the peace, merge with others and avoid conflict.4

Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.5

Focus of Attention: Nines focus attention on others, on what is going on in the environment, and on avoiding conflict and achieving harmony. Nines typically tune into what other people want, but do not have a clear sense of their own agendas.6


1Book: The Wisdom of the Enneagram; Website: The Enneagram Institute

2Website: The Narrative Enneagram

3Book: The Essential Enneagram; Website: Dr. David Daniels

4Book: The Road Back to You

5Book: The Enneagram Made Easy

6Book: The Complete Enneagram; Website: Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy

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