What’s your pattern of thinking, feeling, doing, and relating?
The Enneagram is a personality model that powerfully describes our core motivations, needs, and fears that drive us to engage life in consistent (and often constricting) ways. The patterns that helped us cope and survive difficult experiences have over time become rigid, fixed, and automatic, keeping us unconsciously trapped in painful lifestyles and relationship patterns.
Consider these “stuck points” like muscle knots you develop from poor posture or from over-reliance on some parts of your body. The tighter the knots, the more painful and out of alignment the rest of your body is, creating other problems and limiting all that you could do.
Unless we catch ourselves in our habitual patterns and then consciously “shift our posture,” we reinforce our knots and become more trapped and in pain.
If you are confused or frustrated from getting stuck in the same dynamics, the Enneagram can help you learn:
WHY you do what you do,
WHAT your core needs, fears, strengths, and blindspots are,
HOW to turn off your autopilot mode and be more responsive, not reactive,
HOW to foster new ways of being.
Break free of the unconscious and impulsive habits that got you trapped.
Live freely, laugh fully, and love deeply in ways you’ve always wanted.
Sick and tired of being sore and stuck?
Want to come alive?
The Nine Types of the Enneagram
TYPE One: The Perfectionist
Ethical, dedicated, reliable, rigid, critical of self and others,
Focus on what’s wrong or on what could be “better”
Motivated by a desire to live the right way, improve the world
Avoid fault, blame, and criticism
Warm, friendly, serving, others-oriented, indirectly self-serving
Focus on being connected to others
Motivated by a need to be liked/loved and needed
Avoid rejection, acknowledging and expressing own needs
Type three: The Performer
Success-oriented, high achieving, image-conscious, shapeshifting
Focus on tasks, goals, success, image
Motivated by a need to be (or appear to be) successful
Avoid failure (and appearing to fail)
type four: The Romantic
Creative, emotionally/aesthetically sensitive, moody, self-absorbed
Focus on emotions, the state of relationships, being authentically oneself, what's missing
Motivated by a need to be understood and to experience their oversized feelings
Avoid being ordinary or like others
type Five: The Investigator
Analytical, objective, private, detached/withdrawn
Focus on knowledge, privacy, managing energy/space/resources
Motivated by a need to gain knowledge, conserve energy
Avoid relying on others, emotions
Type Six: The Loyalist
Committed, practical, analytical, and skeptical/doubtful
Focus on risk, danger, and threats; preparing for the worst
Motivated by fear and the need to feel safe and secure
Avoid uncertainty and spontaneity
type Seven: The Enthusiast
Fun, upbeat, spontaneous, adventurous, frenetic, evasive
Focus on pleasure, positives, possibilities
Motivated by a need to be happy, to plan stimulating/exciting experiences
Avoid pain, discomfort, negatives
type Eight: The Challenger
Commanding, powerful, intense, confrontational, dominating
Focus on power and control
Motivated by a need to be strong
Avoid feeling week or vulnerable, being exploited or betrayed
type Nine: The Peacemaker
Pleasant, laid back, accommodating, emotionally steady, procrastinating, self-forgetting
Focus on others, what's happening in the environment
Motivated by a need to keep the peace, achieve harmony, merge
Avoid conflict, anger, separation from others