Nine Types

Brief Overview

In the Enneagram personality type system, the nine different personality types are represented by the nine numbers on the Enneagram symbol. Although the numbers have different values, the types are not ranked or sequenced in any way (e.g., type 9 is not better or worse than type 1, an individual doesn't become a type 2 after having been a type 1).

The nine types are always represented by their numbers (i.e., personality type 1, personality type 2, etc.). Many authors include labels as alternatives to the numbers (e.g., type 1 - perfectionist, type 2 - helper, etc.). The problem with using labels is that they can be misleading because they only represent one characteristic of the type or require further clarification of what the label means.

There are many variations of each type that are not evident when just looking at the nine types. These variations within each type are accounted for using additional features of the system such as wings, subtypes, variants, etc. To fully understand the variations within each type requires an understanding of these additional features beyond type.

Detailed Overview

Below are some examples of various author/teacher labels/descriptions of the types (click on the author name for a further description of the type).

Type 1

Angry Virtue

The Perfectionist

The Reformer

The Critic

The Achiever

The Good Person

Perfectionist, Reformer, Judge, Crusader or Critic

The Moralizer Parent

The Program of Perfection with Resentment

Style One


Type 2

Egocentric Generosity

The Giver

The Helper

The Loving Person

Giver, Caretaker, Helper, Nurturer, Advisor or Manipulator

The Helper Parent

The Program of Helpfulness with Manipulation

Style Two


Type 3

Success through Appearances

The Performer

The Achiever

The Succeeder

The Effective Person

Performer, Motivator, Achiever, Producer or Status Seeker

The Organizer Parent

The Program of Achievement with Emphasis on Image

Style Three


Type 4

Seeking Happiness through Pain

The Romantic

The Individualist

The Original Person

Individualist, Artist, Over-Analyzer, Mystic or Melodramatic Elitist

The Dreamer Parent

The Program of Excellence with Moody Nostalgia

Style Four


Type 5

Seeking Wholeness through Isolation

The Observer

The Investigator

The Wise Person

Observer, Investigator, Thinker, Sage or Voyeur

The Observer Parent

The Program of Knowledge with Withdrawal

Style Five


Type 6

The Persecuted Persecutor

The Loyal Skeptic

The Loyalist

The Questioner

The Guardian

The Loyal Person

Loyal Person, Devil's Advocate, Skeptic, Guardian or Rebel

The Questioner Parent

The Program of Security with Fear and Doubt

Style Six


Type 7

Opportunistic Idealism

The Epicure

The Enthusiast

The Adventurer

The Dreamer

The Joyful Person

Epicure, Entertainer, Optimist, Adventurer or Rationalizer

The Entertainer Parent

The Program of Easy Optimism with Uneasy Activity

Style Seven


Type 8

Coming on Strong

The Protector

The Challenger

The Asserter

The Boss

The Confronter

The Powerful Person

Leader, Solution Master, Maverick, Protector or Intimidator

The Protector Parent

The Program of Self-Defined Justice with Arrogance

Style Eight


Type 9

Going with the Stream

The Mediator

The Peacemaker

The Preservationist

The Peaceful Person

Peacemaker, Mediator, Naturalist, Accommodator or Abdicator

The Peacekeeper Parent

The Program of Non-aggression with Indolence and Indecision

Style Nine