Your Enneagram Type - ECCSA

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Enneagram types

There are 9 Enneagram personality types, each with its unique characteristics. Once you know your Enneagram type, you can further self-explore or make use of an Enneagram coach to assist you on your personal development journey. 

Enneagram Type Overview: Each of the 9 Enneagram personality types is described in more detail below. 

We have included each Enneagram type’: Core fear / Gift / Vice or Passion and Defence mechanism. There are also some irritating behaviours that each type may exhibit, as well as some tips to deal with these behaviours.

It is important to realise that as you read the information about a personality type, you may find it easy or that the doesn’t make sense to you. This is because it may not resonate with your type. It is, however, important to note that every person does have something from every Enneagram type’s characteristics. 

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What you may gain from knowing your Enneagram Type

Understanding your Enneagram type offers numerous benefits, particularly in the contexts of personal development, career growth, and team dynamics. Here’s a breakdown of what you may gain:

  1. Self-Awareness: The Enneagram provides a deep understanding of your core motivations, fears, and desires, helping you recognise why you react to certain situations in specific ways. This enhanced self-awareness can lead to greater emotional intelligence.

  2. Personal Growth: By identifying both the strengths and areas for development associated with your Enneagram type, you can tailor personal growth strategies to your specific needs. This might include working on communication skills, stress management, or decision-making processes.

  3. Improved Relationships: Understanding not only your own type but also the types of those around you can improve empathy and communication. Recognising the diverse perspectives and motivations of team members or partners allows for more effective and compassionate interactions.

  4. Conflict Resolution: Insight into the various Enneagram types can help in understanding the root causes of conflicts, both personal and within teams. It provides a framework for addressing misunderstandings and tensions in a constructive manner.

  5. Career Development: Knowing your Enneagram type can guide you toward roles and environments where you’re more likely to thrive. It helps in identifying work cultures, leadership styles, and team dynamics that align with your intrinsic motivations.

  6. Team Effectiveness: In a team setting, the Enneagram can be a powerful tool for fostering understanding and cooperation. It assists teams in leveraging diverse strengths and compensating for weaknesses, leading to more effective collaboration and innovation.

  7. Leadership Skills: For leaders, the Enneagram offers insights into how to effectively manage and motivate individuals with different personality types. Tailoring your leadership approach can increase team engagement and performance.

  8. Stress Management: Understanding your Enneagram type includes recognising how you respond to stress and what situations trigger it. This awareness is crucial for developing healthier coping mechanisms and maintaining well-being.

  9. Adaptability: By understanding the diverse ways people see the world based on their Enneagram types, you can become more adaptable in your interactions and more flexible in your problem-solving approaches.

In essence, the Enneagram system, when used wisely, can significantly enhance an individual’s understanding of themselves and others, leading to more effective personal and professional relationships, as well as contributing to overall growth and development.

Are you leading from   1 - Strict   Perfectionist  ?   2 - Considerate   Helper  ?   3 - Competitive   Achiever  ?   4 - Intense   Creative  ?   5 - Quiet   Specialist  ?   6 - Loyal   Sceptic  ?   7 - Enthusiastic   Visionary  ?   8 - Active   Controller  ?   9 - Adaptive   Peacemaker  ?

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Details for each of the different Enneagram types

Enneagram 1 - Strict Perfectionist

Animal Enneagram type 1
Enneagram 1 - Photo of a sleek white electric car with a minimalist and modern design, parked in a clean urban setting with glass buildings and smooth road

Also known as the - Reformer Pioneer (SP) Social Reformer (SO) Evangelist (SX)

Also known as “the reformer”, they are analytical, principled, and purposeful. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and strive for excellence, often expecting the same from others. They are organised, self-controlled, and focused on improvement. They are independent and determined, with a hunger for knowledge and growth. They set high standards for themselves and others and can become critical when their standards are not met. Type 1s often feel a sense of responsibility to improve the world.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…not being good enough…

...Their VICE or passion is....

ANGER – because of what is wrong in the world

They DEFEND themselves through...

REACTION FORMATION – Believe it is wrong to get angry and therefore judge and repress their own reactions

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

SERENITY – Being at peace and accepting the world as it is.

How others my experience the Type 1

Type 1 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 1 individuals, also known as Perfectionists, have certain habits that can sometimes be irritating to others. However, it’s important to remember that these behavioural patterns stem from their desire to do things perfectly and adhere to their own high standards. Here are some behaviours that Type 1 individuals have that may frustrate others. Below are some tips on how to deal with them:

  • Criticism: Type 1s may have a keen eye for spotting flaws and offer unsolicited criticism and advice. While their intentions may be good, however, may leave others feeling constantly judged or not good enough.
  • Rigid Rules: Perfectionists may often have rigid rules and expectations for themselves and others. They may become frustrated or annoyed when others don’t follow these rules, leading to tension in relationships.
  • Inflexibility: Type 1s can be seen as inflexible when it comes to change or deviating from their plans and ideals. This can be frustrating for more spontaneous individuals who prefer a more flexible approach.

Tips for dealing with Type 1's annoying behaviours

  • Communicate openly: If you feel overwhelmed by their constant criticism, have an open conversation about how it makes you feel. Encourage them to offer constructive feedback rather than focusing on flaws.
  • Respect their standards: While it’s important for them to be mindful of imposing their rules on others, try to respect their need for order and structure. Finding a middle ground can help maintain harmony in your interactions.
  • Suggest flexibility: Encourage Type 1s to step out of their comfort zone and embrace spontaneity occasionally. Remind them that it’s okay to deviate from their plans occasionally and that perfection isn’t always attainable.

Understanding the habits and motivations of Type 1 individuals can help cultivate empathy and effective communication, fostering healthier relationships with them and others.

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Enneagram 2 - Considerate Helper

Animal Enneagram type 2
Enneagram 2 - Photo of a cozy minivan in a soft lavender color, parked in a suburban neighborhood

Also known as the - Giver Caregiver Nurturer (SP) Ambassador (SO) Lover (SX)

Helpers have an innate desire to be helpful and nurturing. They are often very generous and loving, looking out for the well-being of their friends and family. They are usually very understanding and accepting of others and take great pleasure in serving those around them. They tend to be highly sensitive to other people’s needs, and they often put the needs of others before their own. They often have a deep sense of empathy, which allows them to sense when someone else is in need of help. They are very loyal and often form strong emotional bonds with those they care about.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…being unloved…

...Their VICE or passion is....

PRIDE – because the world is needy, and I can help save it

They DEFEND themselves through...

REPRESSION – Repressing their own needs or agenda

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

HUMILITY – Healthy boundaries are needed to give love as needed.

How others my experience the Type 2

Type 2 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 2 individuals, known as The Helper, are warm-hearted, caring, and highly empathetic. However, like any personality type, they have their own set of habits that can sometimes be upsetting to others. Here are a few things that Type 2s tend to do that may annoy people around them:

  • Being overly involved: Type 2s have a strong desire to help others, often to the point of being overly involved in their lives. This can make some people feel suffocated or overwhelmed by their constant presence and attention.
  • Being too selfless: While being selfless is generally considered a positive trait, Type 2s can sometimes prioritise the needs of others over their own to the point of neglecting themselves. This can lead to situations where they become dependent on others for validation or may even passively manipulate people into feeling obligated to reciprocate their kindness.
  • Offering unsolicited advice: Type 2s may tend to offer advice and solutions even when it’s not asked for. While their intentions may be good, this can come across as intrusive or condescending to some people.

Tips for dealing with Type 2's annoying behaviours

If you find yourself being annoyed by the habits of a Type 2 individual, it’s essential to remember that they genuinely mean well. Here are a few tips for handling their behaviours more effectively:

  • Set clear boundaries: Communicate your needs and boundaries clearly to the Type 2 individual in a kind and compassionate manner. This will help them understand where they may be crossing a line without causing unnecessary conflict.
  • Encourage their self-care: Remind Type 2s of the importance of taking care of themselves and encourage them to prioritise their own needs. This will help balance their tendency to neglect themselves and prevent any potential dependency on others.
  • Express your gratitude: Recognise and acknowledge the positive impact that Type 2s have on your life. Expressing appreciation for their kindness and support can go a long way in fostering a healthy relationship with them.

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Enneagram 3 - Competitive Achiever

Animal Enneagram type 3
Enneagram 3 - Photo of a high-end sports car in a radiant metallic silver shade, stationed in front of a sleek, modern corporat

Also known as the - Performer Company Person (SP) Politician (SO) Movie Star (SX)

Achievers are driven, ambitious and goal-orientated, focusing on achieving success and recognition. They are often characterised by their strong work ethic, determination and natural ambition.  They are often seen as go-getters in the workplace and can be very competitive when it comes to their goals. They may also be perceived as manipulative or controlling as they strive to reach their goals. They can be very focused on results and tend to be impatient with others who don’t have the same ambition. Their core fear is a failure, while their core desire is to be admired and respected.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…being insignificant or unsuccessful…

...Their VICE or passion is....

DECEIT – having to present the “right” image or to appear successful or important

They DEFEND themselves through...

IDENTIFICATION – Over-identifying with achievements or successes

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

HOPE – The world is generous and supportive, we are accepted, flaws and all.

How others my experience the Type 3

Type 3 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 3 individuals, also known as The Achiever, are driven and ambitious. While they have many positive qualities, there are a few habits that may irritate others:

  • Self-Promotion: Type 3 individuals have a strong desire to be successful and recognised. They may constantly talk about their achievements and goals, which can come across as self-centred and boastful to others.
  • Competitiveness: Achievers thrive on competition and can sometimes become overly focused on winning and being the best. This causes them to rush or dismiss discussing negative issues, especially when dealing with failure.
  • Impatience: Type 3 individuals are results-oriented and often want things done quickly. Their impatience can be overwhelming to others who prefer a more relaxed pace.

Tips for dealing with Type 3's annoying behaviours

While it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate the strengths of Type 3 individuals, here are some strategies for dealing with their irritating habits:

  • Acknowledge failure: Encourage Achievers to shift their focus from avoiding failure to acknowledging failure. Remind them that failure in a task does not mean that you are not loved and valued. Encourage them to learn from failures and to realise that one is more than what one does.
  • Promote empathy: Help Type 3 individuals develop empathy towards others’ feelings and perspectives. Encourage them to consider the impact of their actions on those around them.
  • Encourage work-life balance: Remind Achievers that success is not solely defined by work accomplishments. Encourage them to prioritise self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

By understanding the irritating habits of Type 3 individuals and implementing these tips, you can foster better relationships and create a more harmonious environment. Remember, each Enneagram type has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s all about finding a balance that works for everyone.

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Enneagram 4 - Intense Creative

Animal Enneagram type 4
Enneagram 4 classic - Illustration of a custom-designed convertible car with intricate patterns in vibrant colors

Also known as the - Romantic Creative Individualist (SP) Critical Commentator (SO) Dramatic (SX)

Individualists, are driven by the desire to be unique and different from others. They possess a strong sense of personal identity, and are often sensitive and introspective. Fours are complex and deep, with a rich inner world of emotions and ideas. They may appear reserved and introverted, but they also have a strong need for self-expression and connection. Fours strive for authenticity in all aspects of life, and seek to find meaning and purpose in their lives. They are creative and imaginative, with a rich inner life. Fours need to feel understood, appreciated, and valued in order to feel fulfilled.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…being without your own identity…

...Their VICE or passion is....

ENVY – because it is essential to be unique

They DEFEND themselves through...

INTROJECTION/FANTASY – Internalising feedback and focusing on negative emotions / imagining deeper meanings or exaggerating experiences

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

EQUINAMITY – Not to compare with others, but to believe what you have is better and good enough.

How others my experience the Type 4

Type 4 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 4 individuals, also known as Individualists, possess unique personality traits that can sometimes annoy others. It’s important to remember that these habits are not intentional but rather a part of who they are. Understanding and addressing these habits can lead to better relationships and smoother interactions.

Here are some common habits that may irritate others when dealing with Type 4 individuals:

  • Emotional intensity: Type 4 individuals tend to experience emotions deeply and express them openly. This constant emotional rollercoaster can be overwhelming for those around them.
  • A constant need for attention: Type 4s often crave validation and acknowledgement from others. They can become attention-seeking, which may annoy those who prefer a more reserved and low-key approach.
  • Negative thinking: Type 4 individuals are highly introspective and tend to overthink situations. This habit can lead to indecisiveness and unnecessary analysis of past events, which may frustrate those who prefer a more action-oriented approach.

Tips for dealing with Type 4's annoying behaviours

While it’s essential to accept and embrace individual differences, here are some tips for managing the irritating behaviours of Type 4 individuals:

  • Show empathy: Type 4s respond well to understanding and compassion. Be patient and empathetic when they express their emotions or seek attention.
  • Encourage self-expression: Provide opportunities for Type 4s to express themselves creatively. This can help satisfy their need for individuality and attention.
  • Encourage self-reflection: Help Type 4s find healthy outlets for their introspection, such as journaling or meditation. This can provide them with a constructive way to process their emotions and thoughts. Invite them to focus on the positives and not mainly on negative experiences.

By understanding the habits that may irritate others and employing strategies for better communication and understanding, it’s possible to cultivate harmonious relationships with Type 4 individuals.

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Enneagram 5 - Quiet Specialist

Animal Enneagram type 5
Enneagram 5 classic - Illustration of a futuristic concept car in a metallic blue hue, equipped with advanced technology like holographic displays and automation systems

Also known as the - Observer Thinker Investigator Castle Defender (SP) Professor (SO) Secret Agent (SX)

Also known as the investigator, because they tend to be analytical and inquisitive, with a deep desire for knowledge. They are curious, insightful, and often come up with creative solutions to problems. They are highly independent and prefer to work alone, as they find it easier to concentrate and focus on their own ideas. They often have a strong sense of self-control, and they can be very self-sufficient. Furthermore, they are usually quite reserved and private, preferring to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. Individuals with a type five personality are often seen as introverted and rational, with a strong preference for intellectual pursuits.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…looking foolish or overwhelmed…

...Their VICE or passion is....

AVARICE – because of not wanting to be dependent on others

They DEFEND themselves through...

ISOLATION / COMPARTMENTALISATION – To sort through thoughts and emotions without disturbance / separating thoughts from emotions or people from issues to simplify things

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

NON-ATTACHMENT – Knowing there is abundance, we need to participate fully in the world.

How others my experience the Type 5

Type 5 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 5 individuals, also known as Investigators, possess certain qualities that can sometimes annoy others unintentionally. Here are some common irritating habits of Type 5’s:

  • Over-analysing: Investigators have a natural curiosity and love for knowledge, but their tendency to overanalyse situations can overwhelm those around them. They often delve deep into complex details, which can make decision-making slower and more complicated.
  • Withdrawal: Investigators value their privacy and alone time, which means they may often withdraw from social interactions. This can come across as being distant or detached to others who crave more connection and engagement.
  • Being aloof: Due to their intense focus on their thoughts and interests, Type 5’s can sometimes appear disinterested in what others are saying or doing. This aloofness can be off-putting to people who desire more attention and engagement in their interactions.

Tips for dealing with Type 5's annoying behaviours

If you find yourself irritated by the habits of a Type 5 individual, here are some tips for handling these situations:

  • Communicate openly: When dealing with an over-analyser or someone who withdraws, express your expectations and needs clearly. Help them understand the impact their behaviour has on you without being confrontational.
  • Respect their boundaries: Recognise that Type 5’s need space and alone time to recharge. Allow them the freedom to retreat without taking their behaviour personally.
  • Encourage active listening: If you feel that Type 5 is being aloof or not engaged in a conversation, gently remind them to actively listen and provide feedback. Help them understand the importance of connecting with others in social settings.

Irritations can arise in any relationship, but understanding and communicating with empathy can help bridge the gap between different Enneagram types.

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Enneagram 6 - Loyal Sceptic

Animal Enneagram type 6
Enneagram 6 - Photo of a sturdy SUV in a muted earthy brown color, equipped with reinforced safety features like robust bumpers and advanced braking system

Also known as the - Loyalist Family Loyalist (SP) Social Guardian (SO) Warrior (SX)

Loyalists are hardworking, reliable, and responsible. They tend to be very conscientious and take their obligations seriously. They are often loyal to their family, friends, and work. They are cautious in their decision-making but can be very decisive when needed. They like to organise and plan ahead and usually have an eye for details. They can also be analytical, sceptical, and suspicious of others. Type 6s are often seen as loyal and trustworthy friends who can be depended upon in times of need.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…alone or not being prepared in a threatening world…

...Their VICE or passion is....

DOUBT – because of having to be prepared and not trust anything other than ourselves

They DEFEND themselves through...

PROJECTION – Projecting thoughts, ideas and emotions to others

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

FAITH – By having the courage and confidence to question one’s assumptions and act without deferring to the rules or ideologies of others.

How others my experience the Type 6

Type 6 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 6 individuals, also known as The Loyalist, tend to have certain habits that can be unsettling to others. While these habits may not be intentional and simply reflect their personality type, they can still cause frustration. Here are some common irritating habits of Type 6 individuals:

  • Doubt: Type 6 individuals tend to overthink and worry excessively. This can lead to indecisiveness and a lack of confidence in their own abilities, which may annoy those around them who prefer more assertive decision-making.
  • Seeking reassurance: The Loyalist deeply needs reassurance and validation from others. They often seek constant approval or seek out scenarios where they can feel secure. This constant need for reassurance can be draining for those who are around them.
  • Suspicion:  Type 6 individuals can be highly suspicious of others’ motives and intentions. They may question the actions and words of those around them, leading to a sense of distrust and uneasiness in relationships.

Tips for dealing with Type 6's annoying behaviours

If you find yourself irritated by the habits of a Type 6 individual, here are some tips for dealing with their behaviours:

  • Be patient and understanding: Recognise that the behaviours of a Type 6 individual are rooted in their sense of uncertainty. Being patient and understanding can help create a more harmonious relationship.
  • Provide reassurance: Offering words of support and encouragement can help alleviate the anxiety and need for reassurance that Type 6 individuals often feel. This can help build trust and strengthen the relationship.
  • Encourage self-confidence: Encouraging and empowering Type 6 individuals to trust their own instincts and abilities can help them become less reliant on seeking reassurance from others.

By understanding the irritating habits of Type 6 individuals and implementing these tips, you can navigate your interactions with them more smoothly and create a more positive and supportive relationship.

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Enneagram 7 - Enthusiastic Visionary

Animal Enneagram type 7
Enneagram 7 classic - Photo of a vibrant convertible car in a bright shade of yellow, with the top down, parked on a sandy beach

Also known as the - Enthusiast Epicure Gourmand (SP) Social Visionary (SO) Adventurer (SX)

People with an enneagram type seven personality are often characterized as enthusiastic, spontaneous, and fun-loving. They have a zest for life and are always looking for new experiences and ways to explore the world. They are often seen as optimistic, creative, and sociable. They are also known to be highly independent and have a strong sense of personal freedom. They can be easily distracted by new ideas or possibilities and may have difficulty completing tasks. 

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…experiencing pain or  being limited…

...Their VICE or passion is....

GLUTTONY – having an optimistic mindset of being OK, seeking enjoyment and fun. More is better.

They DEFEND themselves through...

REFRAMING – Turning negative experiences into something interesting and good

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

SOBRIETY – By slowing down, anchoring oneself in the now and here to experience more balance.

How others my experience the Type 7

Type 7 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Enneagram Type 7 individuals, also known as The Enthusiast, are full of energy and constantly seeking new experiences. While their enthusiasm can be infectious, it can also lead to some irritating habits. Understanding these habits and learning how to deal with them can help maintain harmonious relationships with Type 7s.

  • Restlessness: Type 7s have a hard time staying still and can frequently switch between tasks or topics, which might come across as flakiness or lack of focus to others.
  • Over-optimism: Their optimistic nature can be irritating to those who prefer a more realistic outlook. Type 7s tend to play down potential downsides and focus on the positive aspects, which may be seen as avoiding or dismissing problems.
  • Impulsiveness: Type 7s tend to act on their impulses without considering the consequences. This can be frustrating for those who prefer careful planning and thoughtful decision-making.

Tips for dealing with Type 7's annoying behaviours

  • Communication: Openly discuss your concerns with the Type 7 individual. Be honest but tactful in expressing how their behaviours and motivational patterns might be affecting you or the overall dynamics of a situation.
  • Set boundaries: Encourage the Type 7 person to respect boundaries and commitments. Help them understand the importance of follow-through and staying focused on tasks or conversations.
  • Show empathy: Recognise that Type 7s often engage in distracting behaviours due to fear of missing out or avoiding discomfort. Showing understanding and support can help alleviate tension and create a more harmonious environment.

Remember, everyone has habits that can sometimes be irritating to others. By understanding and addressing these habits with empathy and open communication, you can maintain positive relationships with Type 7 individuals while appreciating their energy and enthusiasm.

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Enneagram 8 - Active Controller

Animal Enneagram type 8
Enneagram 8 - Photo of a powerful black off-road SUV with rugged tires and a commanding design

Also known as the - Challenger Protector Survivalist (SP) Group Leader (SO) Commander (SX)

Type 8 of the Enneagram is known as The Challenger. People with this type of personality are strong, independent, and assertive. They are direct and honest and don’t shy away from confrontation. They are natural leaders and strive for justice and fairness. They are passionate about their causes and do not fear taking risks or breaking the rules if necessary. They have a strong sense of self-confidence and a desire to be in control of their own destiny. They often have a lot of charisma and can be very persuasive. They are often seen as decisive and powerful but can also be domineering or intimidating. They need to be aware of their own power and use it wisely.

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…being vulnerable or out-of-control…

...Their VICE or passion is....

LUST – grabbing all you can from life

They DEFEND themselves through...

DENIAL – Denying weaknesses, hurt, or any vulnerability

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

INNOCENCE – Being open-hearted, appreciating and experiencing the nuances of life without expectation or judgement.

How others my experience the Type 8

Type 8 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 8 individuals, also known as The Challengers, have strong personalities and a desire for control. While their determination and assertiveness can be admirable, it can sometimes lead to behaviours that can be irritating to others. Here are a few common habits that Type 8 individuals may exhibit:

  • Being overly dominant: Type 8’s natural inclination towards taking charge and exerting control can come across as overpowering or intimidating to others.
  • Interrupting others: Due to their direct approach and spontaneous nature, Type 8 individuals may interrupt or talk over others in conversations, leaving them feeling unheard.
  • Being too blunt: Their straightforward communication style can be perceived as harsh or insensitive, as they tend to prioritise honesty over tactfulness.

Tips for dealing with Type 8's annoying behaviours

While encountering the challenging behaviours of Type 8 individuals may be frustrating at times, here are some tips for effectively dealing with their habits:

  • Communicate openly: Engage in honest and direct conversations with them about how their behaviour affects you, providing them the opportunity to understand your perspective.
  • Set and uphold clear boundaries: Clearly define your personal boundaries and communicate them to Type 8 individuals so they know what is acceptable behaviour.
  • Offer alternative viewpoints: Provide alternative perspectives or ideas in a respectful manner to encourage collaborative thinking and open-mindedness.

By understanding the irritating habits of Type 8 individuals and implementing effective strategies for dealing with them, you can maintain better relationships and create a more harmonious environment.

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Enneagram 9 - Adaptive Peacemaker

Animal Enneagram type 9
Enneagram 9 - Photo of a comfortable and spacious family sedan in a soft pastel color, stationed in a serene countryside setting

Also known as the - Peacekeeper Mediator Collector (SP) Community Benefactor (SO) Seeker (SX)

People with this personality type are often accepting and adaptive in their behaviour. They prefer to keep the peace and are usually cooperative, helpful and supportive of others. They are understanding and have the desire to bring harmony to the group. Peacemakers tend to avoid conflict and will often put aside their own needs for the sake of others. They are often very self-aware and can be seen as being wise, tolerant and even-tempered. They are also very creative and have a great capacity for love, compassion and forgiveness. 

Their FEAR is based on their world-view of ...

…having conflict, tension or turmoil…

...Their VICE or passion is....

SELF-FORGETTING – not paying attention to own wellbeing or needs

They DEFEND themselves through...

NARCOTISATION – Going on cruise control to avoid internal and external conflict or anxiety

The gift they bring to themselves and the world...

RIGHT ACTION – By living fully, discovering and acting on one’s intentions and purpose.

How others my experience the Type 9

Type 9 individuals may irritate others through the following behaviours:

Type 9 individuals, also known as the Peacemakers, have their own set of behaviours that can sometimes annoy others. While it’s important to remember that everyone is unique and not all individuals of a specific Enneagram type will exhibit the same habits, there are a few common behaviours that Type 9’s may display that can be perceived as irritating by others.

  • Avoidance: Type 9’s tend to avoid conflict and uncomfortable situations. While this trait may stem from their desire to maintain peace and harmony, it can be frustrating for others who prefer direct communication and quick problem-solving.
  • Procrastination: Type 9’s may struggle with procrastination, whether it’s at work or in personal life. Their easy-going nature and desire to avoid stress can sometimes result in delays or missed deadlines, which can be aggravating for those who value efficiency and timely results.
  • Indecisiveness: The Peacemakers’ strong desire to please everyone can sometimes make them indecisive. They may struggle to make decisions or take a stand on certain matters, causing frustration for those who need clear direction or prompt decision-making.

Tips for dealing with Type 9's annoying behaviours

If you find yourself regularly interacting with Type 9 individuals and their habits are starting to wear on you, here are a few tips for dealing with their potentially irritating behaviours:

  • Be patient and understanding: Remember that Type 9’s have a deep desire for peace and harmony, which may lead to the behaviours that irk you. Be patient in your interactions with them and try to understand their perspective.
  • Encourage open communication: Help Type 9’s overcome their avoidance of conflict by creating a safe and open space for discussions. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings and be willing to listen without judgment.
  • Offer support and motivation: Type 9’s may benefit from gentle encouragement and motivation to overcome their tendencies towards procrastination. Offer your support and help them stay focused on their goals.

Understanding and empathy go a long way in building positive relationships with individuals of all Enneagram types, including the Peacemaker, Type 9.

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