Enneagram 1 – The Rebel

The Rebel (Enneagram 1)

The Rebel is quick to make up their mind and to decide how they feel. They have strong beliefs that they reinforce critically. They are focused on addressing issues and solving problems they see with the world. 

Core motivation:

Primary fear:



Strongest dichotomies:

To speak out against issues in the world and to stand up against evil.


Thinker, Fixer, Critic, Decider

Blue (Conscientious) Actor

iNtuitive/Sensing and Perceiving/Judging

The Rebel (Enneagram 1)

Rebels practice a typically blue mindset, and prefer to see things the way they are. Thinking realistically about a situation, they are inclined to distrust new information and to prefer to stick to what they know and what they believe to be true. They have strong beliefs and a strong sense of what is wrong or could become better in the world around them. 

They get energy from making their own decisions and walking their own path, and dislike compromise. Compromise feels like giving up and choosing to ignore or pretend something is not a problem. The rebel is an actor, and actors are known for their strong instincts and their ability to act in the moment and to make things happen in the moment. The blue actors are conscientious and want to make sure they act right and that they don’t make mistakes. 

Their focus on identifying mistakes and problems and intercepting these problems can make them known as contrarians or critics, or even perfectionists. The rebel struggle can be knowing too much what you don’t want, and knowing too little about what you do want, struggling to come up with constructive alternatives. But Rebels are also known as Reformers because of their ability to bring change. 

General Description

If you’ve ever met a Rebel, you probably already know that they are stubborn. Don’t ask them to compromise. Try to give them space to do things their own way and to try out their own solutions. Take advantage of their critical feedback. They often have the ability to spot problems and to see issues most people miss, and they often spend a lot of time thinking their thoughts through, so you know they are going to be well grounded and informed about what they are talking about. 

Perhaps you will spot them by their ability to set themselves apart from the crowd. When everyone else is along with a decision, the rebel is the last line of defense, the last person you have to convince. But you may not have to. Rebels are invaluable for their ability to find new ways and there may be advantages to letting them set themselves apart. Its good to have a backup option, and to have people around that can make sure there are alternatives, in case your path or decision should fail. Rebels can help set up change in your organisation or group, and while they may strike you as nay-sayers at times, they increase the roof in your group and allow people to speak and think more broadly. 

Emotional stability

It is difficult for a rebel to be asked to conform. It can feel as if you are giving up your own beliefs and what you know to be true and that you are asked to ignore important problems and issues that you see in things. It can feel like people are trying to push you in a certain direction when you have already thought of a better solution. Being blue, you have already thought things through for a long time. When you have to compromise too much, you may struggle. While compromise may be necessary sometimes, make sure you always have the freedom to make your own choices and that people give you room to act in accordance with your own beliefs.

Different types of Rebels

Rebels tend to be most known for their strong instincts about a situation, in particular, identifying what they are opposed to and what they are repulsed by in the world. Rebels first of all know what they dislike about society and about their environment. 

Independent rebels (XNXJ) will seek to move away from this independently and to set a better example for the world, to show people a new way, where catalysts like the XNXPs will prefer to speak up against and to make a more direct case for change and to show people alternatives and options to what is. 

Traditionalist Rebels (SJ) have a strong idea of what is healthy and what is right and work hard to stop unhealthy or dangerous practices in the world, and action loving sensing perceivers tend to 

The Rebel Gone Bad

Level 1 (At their best): Can be more patient and forgiving of mistakes, giving other people chances to correct wrongs. See constructive ways to convince other people of what they want and understand people even if they disagree with them.

Level 3 (Normal): This article is written from the perspective of what is normal or usual in a person. 

Level 5 (At their worst): Make enemies of people and become overly antagonistic. Reinforce themselves as rebels by putting themselves in an outsider position, form an overly black-and-white view of the world. Sabotage their own proposals.

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