Personality Descriptions

The Nine Enneagram Types

The Enneagram is a pretty amazing tool to help people understand themselves and others better.

It describes nine different personalities with numbers from 1 to 9. All nine Enneagram types are shaped by their unique worldview and their own core emotion, their particular motivations and beliefs.
On this page we explain what the nine Enneagram types are. Click on any of the titles below to read a detailed description of each personality type.

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Enneagram Types of the Heart Group

The Heart Group describes Enneagram types who are connected to the field of emotions more than others – by either neglecting them, by being unaware of them or by especially focusing on them.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 2: "The Helper"

Enneagram Type 2


“The Helper”

Twos focus on people and relationships and want to be helpful to others in order to feel loved and appreciated. 

Illustration of Enneagram Type 3: "The Performer"

Enneagram Type 3


“The Performer”

Threes put a lot of effort into their public image in order to be admired for who they are and what they accomplish.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 4: "The Romantic"

Enneagram Type 4


“The Romantic”

Fours want to be able to express their unique view of the world and foster their connection to their emotions. 

Enneagram Types of the Head Group

The Enneagram types of the Head Group have a special relationship to their thoughts and mind – by either living inside of it, by using it to solve problems or to plan the future.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 7: "The Enthusiast"

Enneagram Type 7


“The Enthusiast”

For Sevens, the world is primarily a place to be enjoyed. They anticipate the exciting, the stimulating and the entertaining.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 6: "The Loyalist"

Enneagram Type 6


“The Loyalist”

Sixes thrive on security and stability, which they try to achieve by preparing for any potential problem.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 5: "The Investigator"

Enneagram Type 5


“The Investigator”

Fives try to master the world by understanding it and collecting information, processing things mostly in their mind.

Enneagram Types of the Body Group

In the Body Group are those Enneagram types for which the instinctual, intuitive part of human nature plays a dominant role – either by giving in to it, by falling asleep to it or by trying to conquer it.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 8: "The Challenger"

Enneagram Type 8


“The Challenger”

Eights attempt to master the world by being strong, solving problems through sheer willpower and an openness to confrontation.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 9: "The Peacemaker"

Enneagram Type 9


“The Peacemaker”

Nines ease themselves into the flow of life by considering multiple viewpoints and seeking connection and harmony.

Illustration of Enneagram Type 1: "The Teacher"

Enneagram Type 1


“The Teacher”

Ones stand for the will to do the right thing, make the world a better place and themselves a better person.

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What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a pretty amazing tool to help people understand themselves and others better. It does that by describing the nine principle ways of how people view the world and how their particular worldview shapes their personalities. It has already helped millions of people around the world discovering who they are, why they do the things they do and – most importantly – how to use this knowledge to grow as a person.

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