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Enneagram Tritype: Identifying with 3 types not just 1

Gut, Heart, and Head

If you have trouble settling on just one Enneagram type then you may find the tritype concept of interest.

Enneagram tritype uses three types to explore personality instead of just the usual one type. It consists of the dominant type from each of the three centers (i.e., one from the gut, one from the heart, and one from the head). While you can still think of yourself as your basic or primary Enneagram type, the three types combine to create a particular variation or flavor of your Enneagram type.

Katherine Chernick Fauvre developed the tritype concept and trademarked the term Tritype®. I'll use Tritype® (capitalized first letter with registered trademark symbol) to refer specifically to Katherine Chernick Fauvre's teachings and tritype (case appropriate without the symbol) when talking about the common usage as found on the Internet.

Tritype or Trifix?

While both tritype and trifix (also spelled tri-fix) use the dominant type from each center, they apply to different systems. Tritype applies to the centers of intelligence (gut, heart, head). Trifix was created by Oscar Ichazo and applies to his instinctual centers (conservation instinct, relation instinct, adaptation instinct).

Tritype applies to the Enneagram personality types as commonly used today. Trifix does not.

I make mention of this because the term trifix is sometimes mistakenly used to refer to tritype by those not very familiar with the concept.

One type from each center

Tritype consists of three types, one type from each of the three centers of intelligence: the dominant type from the gut center, the heart center, and the head center. The idea is that we use all three centers, not simply the one of our basic or primary Enneagram type.

For example, someone might identify type 1 as their dominant type in the gut center, type 3 as dominant in the heart center, and type 7 as dominant in the head center. Types 1, 3, and 7 would be the three types in their tritype.

Preferential ordering of the types

While the first step is to determine the three types that make up someone's tritype there is also an ordering or ranking of the types. 

Following the example described above, a person with 1, 3, and 7 in their tritype might have type 3 as their primary Enneagram type. Between types 1 and 7 they might prefer type 7. This would make their tritype 371: type 3 first, type 7 second, and type 1 third.

Tritype® Archetypes

Katherine Chernick Fauvre goes further with her theory than simply defining one type from each center and adding a preferential order. She sees the three types as combining in a unique way to produce a new type or archetype.

The twenty-seven Tritype® Archetypes emphasize how characteristics of the three types within a Tritype® influence one another. For the purpose of grouping tritypes into Tritype® Archetypes the ordering of the three types can be disregarded as seen in the list below.

The Mentor - 125 (includes tritypes: 125, 152, 215, 251, 512, 521)
The Supporter - 126 (includes tritypes: 126, 162, 216, 261, 612, 621)
The Teacher - 127 (includes tritypes: 127, 172, 217, 271, 712, 721)
The Technical Expert - 135 (includes tritypes: 135, 153, 315, 351, 513, 531)
The Taskmaster - 136 (includes tritypes: 136, 163, 316, 361, 613, 631)
The Systems Builder - 137 (includes tritypes: 137, 173, 317, 371, 713, 731)
The Researcher - 145 (includes tritypes: 145, 154, 415, 451, 514, 541)
The Philosopher - 146 (includes tritypes: 146, 164, 416, 461, 614, 641)
The Visionary - 147 (includes tritypes: 147, 174,  417, 471, 714, 741)
The Strategist - 258 (includes tritypes: 258, 285, 528, 582, 825, 852)
The Problem Solver - 259 (includes tritypes: 259, 295, 529, 592, 925, 952)
The Rescuer - 268 (includes tritypes: 268, 286, 628, 682, 826, 862)
The Good Samaritan - 269 (includes tritypes: 269, 296, 629, 692, 926, 962)
The Free Spirit - 278 (includes tritypes: 278, 287, 728, 782, 827, 872)
The Peacemaker - 279 (includes tritypes: 279, 297, 729, 792, 927, 972)
The Solution Master - 358 (includes tritypes: 358, 385, 538, 583, 835, 853)
The Thinker - 359 (includes tritypes: 359, 395, 539, 593, 935, 953)
The Justice Fighter - 368 (includes tritypes: 368, 386, 638, 683, 836, 863)
The Mediator - 369 (includes tritypes: 369, 396, 639, 693, 936, 963)
The Mover Shaker - 378 (includes tritypes: 378, 387, 738, 783, 837, 873)
The Ambassador - 379 (includes tritypes: 379, 397, 739, 793, 937, 973)
The Scholar - 458 (includes tritypes: 458, 485, 548, 584, 845, 854)
The Contemplative - 459 (includes tritypes: 459, 495, 549, 594, 945, 954)
The Truth Teller - 468 (includes tritypes: 468, 486, 648, 684, 846, 864)
The Seeker - 469 (includes tritypes: 469, 496, 649, 694, 946, 964)
The Messenger - 478 (includes tritypes: 478, 487, 748, 784, 847, 874)
The Gentle Spirit - 479 (includes tritypes: 479, 497, 749, 794, 947, 974)

For a description of any Tritype® Archetype above click the name. If you're not taken to the correct part of the web page when it appears then scroll down to the middle of the web page and look for the Tritype® Archetype you're interested in.

Tritype as a variation of type

Two people of the same Enneagram type may have similarities but they also have differences. Tritype can be used to explore differences between people of the same type.

For example, two people may both identify as type 1 but each has a different tritype: one person's tritype is 126 while another's is 135. While they both have the characteristics of type 1, the influence from the other two types in their tritype create differences.

Tritype as similarities between types

Two people may have different Enneagram types but have similarities through their tritype. 

As an example, one person may identify as type 1 with a tritype of 126 while another person identifies as a type 6 with a tritype of 621. They'll have differences because they have different primary types but they'll also have similarities because they have an influence from the same three types.

How to find tritype

Tritype can simply be thought of as one dominant type from each center with a preferential order. People often add wings to this as well. You can go to a page exploring this approach with links to related tests by clicking here.

You can take Katherine Chernick Fauvre's Tritype® test which includes the Tritype® Archetype approach by clicking here.


Quick Guide to the Enneagram

This page is part of the Quick Guide to the Enneagram available on this website. For more information about any particular Enneagram type or the many concepts and history of the Enneagram types visit the Quick Guide main page.

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