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The Nine Types

Type Nine: The Mediator
Type Eight: The Protector Type One: The Perfectionist
Type Seven: The Epicure Type Two: The Giver
Type Six: The Sceptic Type Three: The Performer
Type Five: The Observer Type Four: The Romantic

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Read the brief descriptions of the nine types that follow, then click on any of the numbers on the Enneagram diagram to the right to start the tour of the nine Enneagram types.


TYPE ONE: The Perfectionist believes you must be good and right to be worthy. Consequently, Perfectionists are conscientious, responsible, improvement-oriented and self-controlled, but also can be critical, resentful and self-judging.
The Ones see the world as full of flaws and quite disordered. For them there is a lot to be put right or “perfected”. They are hard on themselves as they don’t rest much, being pre-occupied with getting things right whether it is housework, tasks and or anything that need to be done.  Personal needs and desires are suppressed; instead their energy goes into maintaining standards judged to be important. The Ones are the rule-keepers – they want to know what the rules are so that they will know what standards are expected of them.  At their best, they are highly organised, systematic workers and can be relied upon to do a job exactly as instructed.
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TYPE TWO: The Giver believes you must give fully to others to be loved. Consequently, Givers are caring, helpful, supportive and relationship-oriented, but also can be prideful, overly intrusive and demanding. Twos see the world as full of needs. As children, they were appreciated for being helpful or performing useful tasks and they carry this into adulthood. They are extremely intuitive and find that they have a talent for knowing when someone is in trouble or needs help or a listening ear. The Twos get burnt out looking after other people's needs and sometimes end up wondering why people don't look after them in return. At their best, they are 'people' people. They like to create good feelings in others thus maintaining others acceptance and approval. It is important for them to learn not to expect others to look after them, but to take care of themselves and discover their own needs.
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TYPE THREE: The Performer believes you must accomplish and succeed to be loved. Consequently, Performers are industrious, fast-paced, goal-focused and efficiency-oriented, but also can be inattentive to feelings, impatient and image-driven. Threes see themselves as doers. Threes identify themselves with their achievements and like to be the best at what they do so they can achieve recognition and credit for their successes. They are always actively engaged with doing things. Having the right image is important to them. They are highly energetic, results-orientated individuals, with a clear focus on goals. They are very competitive and will take whatever short cut is needed to achieve their targets. They can adjust to whatever is needed for success. They are impatient if people interrupt them while on task. Threes can be great leaders and motivators of others. They can inspire confidence and hope.
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TYPE FOUR: The Romantic believes you must obtain the longed for ideal relationship or situation to be loved. Consequently, Romantics are idealistic, deeply feeling, empathetic and authentic to self, but also dramatic, moody and sometimes self-absorbed. Not often found in a 'white collar' environment, Fours are drawn to situations that demand creativity. For them feelings are paramount and they can often appear moody to others. Fours feel flawed when comparing themselves to others. To compensate for this they like to feel special. This specialness can manifest in many different ways like they way they dress, their opinions, how they decorate their houses. They don't like what would be perceived as ordinary,superficial or common. Fours often experience emotional highs and lows and can be melancholy.At their best, they are creative and idealistic and they can empathise with other people's suffering and emotional turmoil.
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TYPE FIVE: The Observer believes you must protect yourself from a world that demands too much and gives too little to assure life. Consequently, Observers seek self-sufficiency and are non-demanding, analytic/thoughtful and unobtrusive, but also can be withholding, detached and overly private. Fives comes across as observers, rather than participators in life. Privacy is paramount for them. They are frequently uncomfortable in social situations and can find them draining. They always need to know what is involved in advance and if engaged with others how long will they be required to participate. Fives love knowledge, and soak up information about subjects they are interested in, often just for the sake of it. They are excellent strategists and are can handle and sort out lots of complex information. For them, knowledge is power.The life of the mind brings them great joy. They are great respecters of confidences and can do with very little.
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TYPE SIX: The Loyal Sceptic believes you must gain protection and security in a hazardous world you just can't trust. Consequently, Loyal Skeptics are themselves trustworthy, inquisitive, good friends and questioning, but also can be overly doubtful, accusatory and fearful. Sixes see the world as a dangerous place, and, to protect themselves, ask questions to find out exactly what's happening or to ascertain what might be likely to happen. Sixes question everything and this scepticism and doubt often prevents them from doing what they would like to do because they are afraid. They scan for hidden agendas and are ambivalent toward authority. When working with them it is important to gain their confidence by reassuring them that you are trustworthy and fair. At their best, Sixes are great at getting a task done, once they know what's involved and are sure that in the process of getting it done, they won't be embarrassed, humiliated or undermined. They have a witty offbeat sense of humour.
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TYPE SEVEN: The Epicure believes you must keep life up and open to assure a good life. Consequently, Epicures seek pleasure and possibilities, and are optimistic, upbeat and adventurous, but also can avoid pain and be uncommitted and self-serving. Sevens love the good life. Always optimistic that things will turn out right, their focus is on planning, pleasurable, positive possibilities. They are pleasure-seeking adventurers and sometimes have difficulty sticking to tasks that need doing, especially if the task is routine. When managing a Seven, it's useful to point to the next job or to a social outing on the completion of the project. They love lots of variety and enjoy working and meeting with different people in different situations. They avoid pain and negative situations; they can't understand why others might stay with their pain and suffering when there are so many upbeat things to do. At their best, they are fun to be with, very easily motivated by change and not hassled if something doesn't turn out the way it was planned.
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TYPE EIGHT: The Protector believes you must be strong and powerful to assure protection and regard in a tough world. Consequently, Protectors seek justice and are direct, strong and action-oriented, but also overly impactful, excessive and sometimes impulsive. Eights like to take direct action and face conflict head on. This can mean acting before they have thought it through. They can be very non-complaint around authority figures especially if they feel they are trying to control them. Rules can be broken with ease. Eights are happy taking a position of authority and often find themselves taking charge of situations. They are naturally self-confident. Eights respect people who are direct with them. They like to protect the weak and innocent but do not respect people who don't stand up for themselves. Their direct and confrontational behaviour often masks their vulnerability. At their best, they can be great leaders, are very protective of their people and will confront any form of injustice.
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TYPE NINE: The Mediator believes that to be loved and valued you must blend in and go along to get along. Consequently, Mediators seek harmony and are self-forgetting, comfortable and steady, but also avoid conflicts and can be stubborn.  For Nines, others agendas take priority over their own.  Nines are most likely to say "I don't mind" when asked what they would prefer. When differences of opinion occur they see all sides, and often see others opinions as their own.  They can have difficulty making a decision about the right way to act especially if it might mean being in conflict with others. They like everything to be peaceful and comfortable.  They like to maintain a structure and routine so that life will be predictable. They often find themselves side-tracked by others.   At their best, they can be great mediators if they are prepared to risk not pleasing everyone and if they can define for themselves the correct course of action.
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