Enneagram Type 9: The Mediator

The Peacemaker

Triad: Gut

Purpose: Acceptance

Quest: To merge with another and/or something greater

Lesson: Assertiveness


Value: Peace

Talents: Patience, mediation

Challenges: Indolence, complacency

Fear: Separation from the other

Childhood parental dynamics: Positive to father and mother


Healthy: Receptive, open, serene, emotionally stable, accepting, trusting, easygoing, patient, gentle, unpretentious, innocent, simplistic, nice, optimistic, reassuring, kind, supportive, calming, peaceful, mediator, comforter, content, pleasant, generous, diplomatic, open-minded, empathic

Average: Accommodating, submissive, conciliatory, living through others, complacent, passive, ignoring/avoiding problems, emotionally indolent, procrastination, oblivious to reality, unfocused, spacey, inattentive, idealized thinking, “peace at any price”, resigned

Unhealthy: Repressed, helpless, dependent on others, apathetic, passive-aggressive, judgmental, stubborn/obstinate, neglectful, irresponsible, forgetful, dissociative, disoriented, immobilized, emotional breakdown, personality fragmentation


Roles: Mediator, support staffer, bureaucrat

Examples: Dwight Eisenhower, Bing Crosby, Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Stewart, Norman Rockwell, Rose Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Clark Kent, “Hippies”


Enneagram Type 8: The Leader

The Challenger

Triad: Gut

Purpose: Leadership

Quest: To be self-reliant, in control

Lesson: Surrender



Values: Strength, power

Talent: Management

Challenge: Lust for power

Fear: Submitting to others

Childhood parental dynamics: Ambivalent to mother


Healthy: Assertive, confident, strong, “can-do” attitude, inner drive, ambitious, natural leader, decisive, authoritative, commanding, provider, sponsor, promoter, masterful, courageous, protective, enterprising, entrepreneur

Average: Direct, skeptical, self-sufficient, forceful, empire builder, power broker, proud

Unhealthy: Controlling, insensitive, domineering, self-centered, aggressive, rebellious, egocentric, arrogant, confrontational, belligerent, bullying, defiant, adversarial, threatening, oppressive, ruthless, violent, immoral, hardhearted, dictatorial, tyrannical, delusional ideas of grandeur/omnipotence/ invincibility, reckless, vengeful, brutal


Roles: CEO, military commander, father archetype

Examples: Fidel Castro, Muammar Qaddafi, Martin Luther King, Mao Tse-tung, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Al Capone, Lee Iacocco, Sean Penn, Johnny Cash, Darth Vader

Enneagram Type 7: The Adventurer

The Enthusiast

Triad: Head

Purpose: Joy for life

Quest: To be happy/satisfied and avoid pain

Lesson: Moderation



Values: Fun, happiness

Talents: Energy, gratitude for abundance

Challenge: Gluttony/excess

Fear: Being deprived

Childhood parental dynamics: Negative to mother


Healthy: Fun-loving, spontaneous, enthusiastic, quick, curious, excitable, vivacious, stimulating, resilient, lively, multitalented generalist, “Renaissance person”, versatile, awed with life, joyful, ecstatic

Average: Unfocused, undisciplined, restless, materialistic, connoisseur, trendsetter, sensation seeker, hyperactive, superficial, dabbler, outrageous, outspoken, loud, brash, uninhibited, extravagant, escapist, impulsive

Unhealthy: Manic, addictive tendencies, erratic, out of control, volatile mood swings, compulsive/manic actions, panic attacks, self-centered, selfish, demanding, impatient, unsatisfied, insensitive to others, excessive


Roles: “Jack of all trades,” generalist, “Renaissance man”

Examples: Leonardo Da Vinci, Barbara Streisand, Robin Williams, Sarah Ferguson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Miss Piggy

Enneagram Type 6: The Realist

The Loyalist

Triad: Head

Purpose: Security, order

Quest: To be secure

Lessons: Independence, self-trust



Values: Safety, grounding

Talents: Responsibility, courage

Challenge: Doubt

Fear: Being abandoned

Childhood parental dynamics: Positive to father


Healthy: Loyal, likeable, caring, practical, helpful, responsible, friendly, committed to “tribe”/family, cooperative, reliable, trustworthy, hardworking, dependable, independent and interdependent

Average: Hypervigilant, worrier, edgy/testy, anxious, distrustful of others, seeks approval/assistance of an authority figure, suspicious, traditionalist, “team player”, dutiful, obedient

Unhealthy: Insecure, cowardly, worthless, incompetent, overreacts to everything, exaggerates problems, anxious, controlling, judgmental, defensive, rigid, feels persecuted and attacked by others, self-defeating, self-punishing, masochistic, belligerent, mean-spirited, rebellious/ aggressive


Roles: Security guard, stunt person, private detective, home inspector

Examples: Woody Allen, Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Joseph McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, Andy Rooney, Boy Scouts, Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz)

Enneagram Type 5: The Thinker

The Investigator

Triad: Head

Purpose: Explanation of life, understanding of universe

Quest: To understand the world

Lessons: Activating intelligence, connection with others


Values: Knowledge, self-sufficiency

Talent: Understanding

Challenge: Greed for knowledge

Fear: Overwhelm

Childhood parental dynamics: Ambivalent to father and mother


Healthy: Perceptive, wise, insightful, visionary, open-minded, brilliant, genius, intelligent, expert, innovative, inventive, original thinker

Average: Analytical, objective, detached, observer, immersed in data and details, intellectualizer, reductionistic

Unhealthy: Reclusive, isolated, eccentric, suspicious, obsessed, paranoid, intellectually arrogant, stingy, distant


Roles: Scientist, philosopher, researcher, librarian, data manager

Examples: Ken Wilber, Emily Dickenson, Franz Kafka, Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Data (Star Trek TNG), “Watchers” (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; Highlander)

Enneagram Type 4: The Individualist

The Individualist

Triad: Heart

Purpose: Self-actualization, understanding of humanity

Quest: To understand self

Lesson: Self-acceptance


Values: Individuality, originality, meaning and purpose in life, legacy

Talents: Intuition, imagination, transformation through emotions

Challenge: Envy

Fear: Being defective/inadequate/not good enough

Childhood parental dynamics: Negative to father and mother


Healthy: Sensitive, intuitive, introspective, self-aware, expressive, self-revealing, authentic, enjoys full range of emotions, creative, inspired, self-renewing, refined, inspires transformation, original, unique

Average: Heightened imagination and fantasy life, emotionally overwhelmed, withdrawn, self-conscious, shy, hypersensitive (takes things personally, easily hurt), emotionally vulnerable, self-doubting, self-absorbed, moody, “outsider”

Unhealthy: Depressed, ashamed, inhibited, emotionally “frozen”, fatalistic, self-destructive, emotional breakdown


Roles: Artist, poet, fashion designer, counselor

Examples: Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Sting, Hamlet

Enneagram Type 3: The Achiever

The Achiever

Triad: Heart

Purpose: Hope, ambition

Quest: To be admired

Lesson: Authenticity



Values: Success, productivity, admiration, acceptance, self-improvement

Talents: Positivity, motivating energy, multitasking

Challenges: Vanity, deceit

Fear: Rejection

Childhood parental dynamics: Positive to mother


Healthy: Genuine, self-assured, confident, energetic, attractive, charming, popular, optimistic, good communicator, motivator, promoter

Average: Competitive, social climber, goal-oriented, career-focused, wants to be “a winner”, chameleon, calculating

Unhealthy: Exploitative, opportunistic, sleazy, immoral, untrustworthy, deceptive, fake, narcissistic, pretentious, vain, superficial, overly competitive


Roles: PR person, motivational speaker, sales executive, image/fashion consultant, politician

Examples: Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Tony Robbins, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elvis, Anna Nicole Smith