The 9 Types

Each Enneatype (each of the Enneagram styles) has a specific way of seeing and understanding the world(including other people). There are no good or back styles: neither is better than the other. No style has more chances of success (or failure) than another in any professional area. They are just tendencies and biases when interpreting reality. In as much as these tendencies are still generating automatic, and mostly unconscious, behaviors, we have a map to better use our strengths and develop our stretch areas.

This is an extremely brief description of the 9 Enneagram styles, and their main strengths and development areas.

1 Are looking for a perfect world and are diligent in trying to improve themselves and others.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Quality oriented
  • Organized
  • Honest
  • Hard-working
  • Perceptive
  • Overly Critical
  • Hard-headed
  • Dogmatic
  • Impatient
  • Focus on what's wrong

2 They like to please people they want to be liked by, satisfy others' needs and organize their lives.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Supportive
  • Work
  • Motivating
  • Understanding  
  • Indirect
  • Wanting to do too much
  • Needy when not appreciated
  • Can be invasive

3 Organize their life around specific goals, they search for success as a way to obtain recognition and respect.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Energetic
  • Enterprising
  • Results oriented
  • Hard working
  • Overly competitive
  • Abrupt
  • Overextending
  • Not disclosing

4 They long for deep connection within and withoug, they come to life when they can be authentic expressing their feelings and experiences.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Creative
  • Expressive
  • Understand emotions well
  • Inspiring
  • Intense
  • Emotionally changing
  • Guilt driven
  • Excessively inner focused

5 They search for knowledge and information and disconnect emotionally to maintain their boundaries.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Analytic
  • Objetive
  • Knowledgeable
  • Emotionally stable
  • Distant
  • Underestimate others
  • Emotionally withdrawn
  • Doesn't value relationships

6 With very perceptive minds, they tend to anticipate situations and imagine worst-case scenarios in order to be prepared. In some cases, they may try to show they are not afraid by charging against what they fear.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Loyal
  • Persevering
  • Cooperative
  • Anticipates problems
  • Analysis paralysis
  • Low ambiguity tolerance
  • Worries about what might happen
  • Overly questioning

7 Are consantly looking for new ideas, people and experiences to be stimulated. They try to avoid pain and are constantly planning for the future in a way that will allow them to keep all options open.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Imaginative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Charming
  • Quick minrápida
  • Impulsive
  • Unfocused
  • Pain avoidant
  • Scattered

8 Search for the truth, they like to control situations, are looking to do big things, and try to hide their vulnerabilidty.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Direct
  • Sstrategic
  • Protecting
  • Action oriented
  • Controling
  • Demanding
  • Look down on weekness
  • Intimidating

9 Look for peace, harmony and mutual positive regard. They dislike conflict, tensions and bad feelings.

StrengthsGrowth Areas
  • Diplomatic
  • Easy going
  • Inclusive
  • Affable
  • Conflict avoidant
  • Unassertive
  • Postpone action
  • Indecisive