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The Enneagram refers to nine different types or styles, with each representing a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way people think, feel and act in relation to the world, others and themselves. It is much more than a personality profile that offers insight into core personality traits, as it delves deeper into the core motivations, defense mechanisms and fears that often lie in the unconscious layers of our personality structure. Your Enneagram core type is like a home base from which we make sense of individuation, integration and development. Other words used to describe the idea of ‘type’ include resonance, identification, lens, perspective or style.

Type At their best At their worst
Extraordinarily wise, knowing the best action to take in each moment. Inspiring, and hopeful; truth and justice are primary values. Sense of responsibility, personal integrity, and of having a higher purpose. Dissatisfied with reality, feeling that it is up to them to improve everything. Afraid of making a mistake. Critical both of self and others, opinionated about everything, Impatient, never satisfied with anything unless it is done according to their prescriptions.
Unselfish, humble, and altruistic: giving unconditional love to self and others. Empathetic, thoughtful, warm-hearted, forgiving and sincere. Want to be closer to others, so start "people pleasing," overly friendly. Want others to depend on them: give, but expect a return.
Self-accepting, modest and charitable gentle and benevolent Adaptable, desirable, charming, and gracious. Ambitious to improve themselves. Highly effective: others are motivated to be like them in some positive way. Constantly driving self to achieve goals as if self-worth depends on it. Terrified of failure. Highly concerned with how they are perceived. Begin to package themselves according to the expectations of others and what they need to do to be successful.
Creative, self-aware, introspective, on the "search for self," aware of feelings and inner impulses. Sensitive and intuitive both to self and others: gentle, tactful, compassionate, honest. To stay in touch with feelings, they interiorize everything, taking everything personally, but become self-absorbed and introverted, moody and hypersensitive, shy and self-conscious, unable to be spontaneous or to "get out of themselves."
Broadly comprehending the world while penetrating it profoundly. Observe everything with extraordinary perceptiveness and insight. Excited by knowledge. Innovative and inventive, producing extremely valuable, original works. Highly independent. Become specialized, and often "intellectual," often challenging accepted ways of doing things Increasingly detached as they become involved with complicated ideas or imaginary worlds. Become preoccupied with their visions and interpretations rather than reality.
Interdependent and cooperative as an equal. Belief in self leads to true courage, positive thinking, leadership, and rich self-expression. Trust important: bonding with others, forming permanent relationships and alliances. Start investing their time and energy into whatever they believe will be safe and stable. Become evasive, indecisive, cautious, procrastinating, and ambivalent.
Highly responsive, excitable, enthusiastic about sensation and experience. Lively, vivacious, eager, spontaneous, resilient, cheerful. Easily become accomplished achievers, generalists who do many different things well. Unable to discriminate what they really need, become hyperactive, unable to say "no" to themselves, throwing self into constant activity. Uninhibited, doing and saying whatever comes to mind: storytelling, flamboyant exaggerations, witty wise-cracking, performing.
Courageous, willing to put self in serious jeopardy to achieve their vision and have a lasting influence. Self-assertive, self-confident, and strong, "can do" attitude and passionate inner drive. Risk-taking, hardworking, denying own emotional needs. Begin to dominate their environment, including others: want to feel that others are behind them, supporting their efforts.
Deeply receptive, accepting, unselfconscious, emotionally stable and serene. Trusting of self and others, at ease with self and life, innocent and simple. Patient, unpretentious, good-natured, genuinely nice people. Fear conflicts, so become self-effacing and accommodating, idealizing others and "going along" with their wishes, saying "yes" to things they do not really want to do. Walking away from problems.