Enneagram – Nine Types of Personality
Are you a perfectionist or are you a peacemaker? Would your friends describe you as a conformist or an individual? By analysing the Enneagram or ‘nine types’ of personality you can find out your type and use it as a method for self-understanding and self-development. See if you can recognise you and your loved ones ‘personality’ type in the following.
Characteristic role: The Reformer
Ones are serious people. They tend to be highly principled – they follow the rules and expect others to as well. They are conscientious with a strong sense of right and wrong and are essentially looking to make things better. They are always aware of the flaws in themselves, others and the situations in which they find themselves. The One’s inability to achieve the perfection they desire feeds their feelings of guilt for having fallen short, and fuels their anger. They are tense people who have a hard time relaxing and who deny themselves many of the harmless pleasures of life.
At their Best: Wise, realistic, and noble.
Celebrity Ones: Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson, Julie Andrews
Characteristic role: The Helper
Twos are warm, emotional people who care a great deal about their personal relationships and devote an enormous amount of energy to them. However, they expect to be appreciated for their efforts. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. Helping others makes Twos feel good about themselves and being needed makes them feel important. Because Twos are generally helping others meet their needs, they can forget to take care of their own.
At their Best: Unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.
Celebrity Twos: Mother Teresa, Courtney Cox, Naomi Campbell, Kim Cattrall
Characteristic role: The Achiever
Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. Their need to be validated for their image often hides a deep sense of shame about who they really are, a shame they unconsciously fear will be unmasked if another gets too close. Threes are often generous and likable, but are difficult to really know. When unhealthy, their narcissism takes an ugly turn and they can become cold blooded and ruthless in the pursuit of their goals.
At their best: Self-accepting, role models who inspire others.
Celebrity Threes: Jim Carey, Tom Cruise, Madonna, Halle Berry, Tiger Woods
Characteristic role: The Individualist
People of this personality type tend to build their identities around their perception of themselves as being somehow different or unique; they are thus self-consciously individualistic. They are emotionally honest, creative and personal but can also be moody and self-conscious. They can withhold themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity.
At their Best: Inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
Celebrity Fours: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Michael Jackson
Characteristic role: The Investigator
Sometimes loners, people of this personality type essentially fear that they don’t have enough inner strength to face life, so they tend to retreat into the safety and security of the mind where they can mentally prepare for the world. Alert, insightful, and curious they are intelligent, well read and thoughtful and they frequently become experts in the areas that capture their interest. They can adopt an attitude of careless indifference or intellectual arrogance, which can create distance between themselves and others.
At their Best: Visionary pioneers, ahead of their time, able to see the world in an entirely new way.
Celebrity Fives: Kurt Kobain, Albert Einstein, Keanu Reeves, Stephen Hawking, Robert DeNiro
Characteristic role: The Loyalist
People of this personality type essentially feel insecure, as though there is nothing quite steady enough to hold onto. At the core of the type Six personality is a fear or anxiety. They are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. They foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also hasty, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion.
At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, successfully defending themselves and others
Celebrity Sixes: Hugh Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Julia Roberts, Judi Dench
Characteristic role: The Enthusiast
Sevens want their lives to be an exciting adventure. They are future oriented, restless people who are generally convinced that something better is just around the corner. Extroverted, optimistic and spontaneous, they are quick thinkers who have a great deal of energy and who make lots of plans. They tend to be extroverted, multi-talented, creative and open-minded. They can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness.
At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative and satisfied.
Celebrity Sevens: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Characteristic role: The Challenger
Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. They are essentially unwilling to be controlled, either by others or by their circumstances. They also tend to be domineering; their unwillingness to be controlled by others frequently manifesting in the need to control others instead. This can sometimes cause them to become confrontational and intimidating. They want a lot out of life and feel fully prepared to go out and get it. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable.
At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic and inspiring.
Celebrity Eights: Russell Crowe, Pink, Johnny Cash, Courtney Love, Queen Latifah
Characteristic role: The Peacemaker
People of this personality type essentially need peace and harmony. They tend to avoid conflict at all costs. The Nine’s desire to avoid conflict generally results in some degree of withdrawal from life, and many Nines are introverted as a result. They are accepting, trusting, creative and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They can tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness.
At their Best: All-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.
Celebrity Nines: Jennifer Aniston, David Beckham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Audrey Hepburn, Renee Zellweger