The Enneagram

The Enneagram is an amazing system that helps dig inside your mind to track your personally developed thinking patterns and mindsets. It reveals that we can literally program our mind to think and see the world in a certain perspective.

The Enneagram 1, for example, is constantly preoccupied with thinking about personal flaws and problems. The Enneagram 2 spends tends to spend most of their time thinking about what to do for other people, neglecting their own needs.

The Enneagram is divided into nine distinct personality types. You have developed to act and think a certain way, and you can change this script if you want. The value of learning the Enneagram is learning to rewrite and adjust your script, if only slightly. It can help you change how you perceive and think about yourself and your own value or image, as well as how you deal with negative emotions like anger, anxiety, shame or fear.

The Nine Enneagram Types

Enneagram 1: Perfectionistic, Principled, Critical

Enneagram 2: Prideful, Selfless, Compassionate

Enneagram 3: Ambitious, Industrious, Hard-working

Enneagram 4: Individualistic, Unique, Eclectic

Enneagram 5: Knowledgeable, Wise, Studied

Enneagram 6: Prepared, Dependable, Loyal

There’s also a subvariation of Enneagram 6 you can read more about here:

Counterphobic Enneagram 6: Direct, Engaging, Adventurious

Enneagram 7: Curious, Enthusiastic, Open-minded

Enneagram 8: Powerful, Challenging, Leaderly

Enneagram 9: Diplomatic, Accepting, Peaceful

Beyond that, the Enneagram describes three primary instincts

The Self-Preservation Instinct: Homely, Routinely, Secure

The Social Instinct: Normal, Friendly, Adaptable

The Sexual Instinct: Deep, Intense, Quirky

Head types “Anxiety”

Enneagram 5, 6, and 7 are known as “Head types”. The head types tend to be aware, attentive, and informed. They more negatively tend to be indecisive, overly flexible, irresponsible. Because they struggle with decision making, they can often experience anxiety or discomfort. Those that overcome this dissatisfaction in themselves will find themselves feeling higher comfort and joy with life.

Gut Types “Anger”

The gut types are Enneagram 8, 9 and 1. They tend to have strong values and personal beliefs. They tend to more negatively often feel stuck or blocked. Because of this, they often struggle with anger. Those that can overcome this anger can more positively feel acceptance and forgiveness towards both self and other.

Heart Types “Shame”

Heart types like Enneagram 2, 3, and 4 tend to have strong motivations, and goals. More negatively, they can be ignorant, unaware or oblivious. Because of this, they can carry shame as a negative drive in their life. Those that overcome these problems will instead be seen as deservedly proud.

Instinctual Types “Fear”

The Social, Self-Preserving and Sexual instincts describe people that try to organise, prepare and control themselves or the world in some way. Because the world is unpredictable, these types may struggle with fear. If they can overcome this, they can inversely be perceived as courageous.

Big 5 And The Enneagram

Types that score high on outgoingness in the Big5 are: Enneagram 7 and 8. Types that score high on reservedness are typically Enneagram 5, 6, 9 and 1.

Types that score high on Openness to Experience are Enneagram 5 and 7 as well as those with a strong sexual instinct. Types that tend to show low openness are Enneagram 6 and those with a strong social or self-preserving instinct.

The types that score high on Agreeableness are Enneagram 9 and 2. The types that tend to show low agreeableness are Enneagram 1, 8, and 4.

The types that score high on Conscientiousness are Enneagram 2, Sp and 3. Types that show low conscientiousness are for example Enneagram 4 and Sx and So.