In my previous blog post, I wrote a little bit about the history of the Enneagram and the 9 different Enneagram personality types/expressions/points. I will go into each of the types in more detail in the future, but please read last week’s “Introduction to the Enneagram” for some background information.
Each of the 9 Enneagram personality types also operates in one of the three parts of a triad comprised of the Heart/Feeling Center, the Head/Thinking Center, or the Gut/Instinctive Center.
Finding your own center is the key to learning more and discovering more about your type; knowing your center makes finding your type even clearer.
Point 2 Helper/Giver (Externalizes Image): Two's motivation is to sense the needs of others in order to feel important, needed, appreciated, and loved. Twos want to present a loving image.
Point 3 Achiever/Performer (Represses Image/Neither Externalizes nor Internalizes): Three's motivation is to achieve recognition for accomplishments, to be successful with an image that looks good to others. Threes want to be seen in a good light.
Point 4 Romantic/Individualist (Internalizes Image): Four's motivation is to find love and deep connection, to be unique, and find meaning through self-expression. Fours want to be seen as original.
Point 5 Investigator/Observer (Externalizes Fear): Five's motivation is to protect privacy, limit one’s desires or needs, and to pursue knowledge to understand one’s environment. Fives want to find safety.
Point 6 Loyalist/Questioner (Represses Fear, Neither Externalizes nor Internalizes): Six's motivation is to feel safe, secure, and prepared in what is perceived as a threatening world. Sixes seek relief from fear.
Point 7 Adventurer/Epicure (Internalizes Fear): Seven's motivation is to not be limited, to protect the self from anxiety, and to not miss out. Sevens shun unpleasant emotions, including fear.
Point 8 Asserter/Leader (Externalizes Anger): Eight's motivation is to be powerful, independent, in control, and demand respect. Eights are not afraid to express their anger.
Point 9 Peacemaker/Diplomat (Represses Anger, Neither Externalizes nor Internalizes): Nine's motivation is to have peace and harmony through over-adaptation. Nines are agreeable and accommodating.
Point 1 Perfectionist/Reformer (Internalizes Anger): One's motivation is to avoid mistakes, do the right thing, and be ethical. Ones try to follow internally-created standards of behavior.
In future blog posts I’ll go into each of the 9 types in more detail, and over time we’ll look at the subtypes, wings, the direction of stress and integration, and levels of development.
I’ve also started an Enneagram Discussion Group local MeetUp in the Cannon Beach area, and we are actively seeking new members. If you’re on the northern Oregon coast and reading this, please consider joining us for a get-together!
Essentially yours ~
Michele Duncan King