Welcome to our online tour of the nine types of the Enneagram! This is a good place to start if you are new to the Enneagram or if you want an overview of each type. In our oral delivery training courses, representatives from each profile talk about their function. Their testimonies reflect their self-awareness and their ability to reveal important aspects of their personalities.
The Enneagram is a system of personality development based on the way we think, feel and act. It allows us to become more aware of our inner world, to increase our capacity for self-observation and to understand what is happening inside us so that we can transform our behaviour in the external world.
Even if you believe that you are constantly observing yourself, the Enneagram requires a special understanding of self-awareness. Working with the Enneagram requires a more demanding, more conscious, more constant effort to observe one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, in the same way that certain presence exercises serve to increase present moment awareness. By learning how the Enneagram describes your personality type and by observing where you place your attention and energy, you will better discern your automatic modes of thought, feeling and action.
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Browse the nine types of Enneagram
We suggest you start with Type One, the Perfectionist, and move around the Enneagram circle. However, you can choose any other order by clicking on the desired type below.
Type One: The Perfectionist
Type 2: The Altruist
Type 3: The Achiever
Type 4: The Romantic
Type 5: The Observer
Type 6: The Skeptical Believer
Type 7: The Epicurean
Type 8: The Protector
Type 9: The Mediator
The “lost” essential quality is the original quality or basic principle of essential being that was pushed aside in the background during early childhood and that profoundly influenced our development.
The compensatory belief is the thought pattern that has replaced the lost essential quality.
The coping strategy/attention pattern is what we used to survive in an environment that did not provide the right ground for the expression of the essential quality.
The trap is what we mistakenly consider safe and satisfactory.
Guiding energy is the force that fuels our type view.
Avoidance is the nightmare from which each of us runs to escape.
Strengths are the positive benefits or characteristics that result from our coping strategy/pattern of attention.
The paradox arises when our strategy produces the opposite result from what we really want.
The growth path is what each of us must do to avoid the pitfalls and maximize the talents of our personality type.
The ultimate task is to regain the essential, original quality that had gone into the background in our early childhood.