Enneagram: Quick Overview of the 9 Ego Identities

Most people do not know about the Enneagram, and do not understand what it is about, nor what the 9 types mean.

In essence, the Enneagram describes peoples’ internal motivations and habitual thought patterns and issues, by categorizing them into 9 types. Miraculously, every human’s personality roughly fits into at least one of the 9 types.

Learning about the Enneagram can open up your understanding of others and yourself. At best, you will realize the limitations of your thought patterns, and that they are ultimately unnecessary. By working on your mental health, you can slowly overcome the most rigid thought and belief patterns of your type.

Based on my Enneagram test session, which you can book here, and inspired by Helen Palmer and Riso & Hudson, I have come up with a very short, but succinct, overview of each Enneagram type, which I call “Ego Identities“.


Type 1The Perfectionist. Main issue is Anger. Strong inner critic, tries to do what is expected of them. Strives for competence. If other people or The Perfectionist themselves make a mistake and do not adhere to their “perfect” standards or rules, flares up or grows resentful.

Type 2 – The Giver. Main issue is Sadness/Shame. Positive facade. Strong inner critic, tries to do what is expected of them. Gives to other people and helps/nurtures them, often at their own expense, tries to create the image of a helpful giver, with the hopes and expectation it will bring them love and appreciation. If this strategy does not work, they become depressed and/or ashamed.

Type 3The Performer. Main issue is Sadness/Shame. Extroverted. Strives for competence. They believe that if they perform to the utmost of their abilities, and create the image of a successful person, they will be loved. If this strategy does not work, they become depressed and/or ashamed.

Type 4The Introspective. Main issue is Sadness/Shame. Introverted. Emotionally real. Attempts to create a unique or creative identity, which is tormented or morbid at unhealthy levels. Overly focuses on their internal states, emotions, feelings, and thoughts during emotional unrest, as a consequence often starts to feel deficient and flawed.

Type 5The Scholar. Main issue is Fear. Introverted. Strives for competence. They acquire theoretical knowledge and the position of an expert, because it makes them feel more secure and able at dealing with the world; require their own personal space. If this strategy does not work or they are being intruded upon, they are overcome with fear and anxiety.

Type 6The Troubleshooter. Main issue is Fear. Strong inner critic, tries to do what is expected of them, or rebels against it. Emotionally real. Constantly on the lookout for and thinking about possible hidden dangers, troubles, lies, potential issues, worst-case scenarios and the like; focused either on avoiding or eliminating and overcoming those challenges to quench their fears.

Type 7The Monkey Mind. Main issue is Fear. Extroverted. Positive facade. Throws themselves into fun, opportunities, potentials, events, ideas, and the like in the external world, in order to run away from whatever frightens them; they are quite restless internally and externally and prone to feeling constrained. If this strategy does not work, they are overcome with fear and anxiety.

Type 8The Dominant. Main issue is Anger. Extroverted. Emotionally real. Have the need to feel dominant over other people or situations, get angered when they do not possess the power or control over a situation/someone. Hence they tend to acquire positions of power/leadership or domination. If this strategy does not work, they are enraged and may turn vicious.

Type 9 –  The Peaceseeker. Main issue is Anger. Introverted. Positive facade. Due to their desire for peace, tries to repress any negative feelings, especially their anger, around others; as a consequence, often are unaware of their real issues and aspirations.

Still don’t know your Enneagram type? Then book a Typing session with me! 🙂

Want to get advice on how to improve your Enneagram type-related issues? Then book a Coaching session with me! 

Last update: 21-08-2020

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