The Enneagram Types

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Type One

The Reformer

Basic Desire:
To be good, virtuous,
in balance, and to
have integrity

Basic Fear:
Being bad, corrupt,
evil, or defective

In my own words:
Ones seem to be born
with a secret rulebook
about the way the world
should work… they work to
make sure everybody
(especially themselves) are
following the rules.

Type Two

The Helper

Basic Desire:
To feel loved and
connected to others 

Basic Fear:
Being unworthy of being loved 

In my own words:
Two just want to be loved and
we need to be needed… so much
so that we sometimes lose sight
of boundaries and cross them
without realizing it.

Type Three

The Achiever

Basic Desire:
To feel worthwhile, accepted,
and desirable

Basic Fear:
Being worthless or without value

In my own words:
Threes are very chameleon-like
and can take on different personas
to stand out in a crowd…
sometimes they lose sight of
their inherent worth without
their accomplishments

Type Four

The Individualist

Basic Desire:
To be find themselves and
their significance, to
create an identity out of
their inner experience 

Basic Fear:
Being without a unique
identity or personal

In my own words:
Fours are often a
misunderstood type. They
are the type most
connected to their
feelings… this is part of
why they have an inherent
sense of being incomplete
or like something is missing.


Type Five

The Investigator

Basic Desire:
To be capable and competent


Basic Fear:
Being useless, incapable,
or incompetent (overwhelmed)

In my own words:
Fives are the type that need
connections and relationships
the least… they like to live in
a world of ideas inside their
heads and are selective in
who they connect with.

Type Six

The Loyalist

Basic Desire:
To find security and support


Basic Fear:
Being without support or
guidance; unable to
survive on their own

In my own words:
Sixes thrive on stability
and security, and have
back up plans to their
back up plans… which also
means they’re always aware of any mistake or error, no matter how small it is. And they don’t
hesitate to point it out.


Type Seven

The Enthusiast

Basic Desire:
To be happy, satisfied;
to find fulfillment 

Basic Fear:
Being deprived or trapped

In my own words:
Sevens love freedom and
possibility. They are a lot
of fun to be around…
until they’re not.
They often have difficulty
limiting their options and
settling into a decision.


Type Eight

The Challenger

Basic Desire:
To protect themselves, to
determine their own course in life 

Basic Fear:
Being harmed or controlled
by others, of being violated

In my own words:
Eights are natural born leaders
who like to be in charge…
vulnerability is like their kryptonite
and they will do almost anything
to insulate themselves from it.


Type Nine

The Peacemaker

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

Basic Fear:
Being disconnected or
fragmented; of loss and separation

In my own words:
Nines are easy-going and naturally laid-back… and they value harmony so much they often sacrifice their own needs to keep the peace.


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Couples & Families

The Enneagram helps you and your partner or family learn about yourself and each other, and better understand certain dynamics in your relationship.


The Enneagram helps you realize your core needs, better understand certain relationship patterns, and learn what is needed to thrive in life.

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The Enneagram helps teams work better together. It teaches empathy, deepens understanding of working styles, and builds collaboration.

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