What Are the Nine Enneagram Types?

The Enneagram helps people understand themselves and others better. It describes nine different personalities with numbers from 1 to 9. You can read detailed descriptions by clicking on any of the types below.
Faces of Enneagram types

Introduction to the Enneagram Types 

Each of the nine Enneagram types has its own unique worldview and motivation. One of them shapes you the most. That is your personality type.

The three groups of the Enneagram

Heart, or feeling, centered Enneagram Types: Two, Three and Four

Head-centered Enneagram Types: Five, Six, and Seven

Body, or gut, centered Enneagram Types: Eight, Nine, and One

The nine types aren’t given their numbers at random. They follow the idea that three core aspects of what makes us human sort the nine types into three groups: Head Types, Heart Types, and Body Types. 

Each group (often also called triads) is driven by their center of intelligence and has a core emotion. Just as you carry a little bit of each type in you, you are shaped by all three of these aspects, but the group your type belongs to plays a greater role in your life. You can learn about it here.

The Nine Enneagram Types in Brief

Illustration of Enneagram Type 1 personality
The Improver

Type 1

Ones can lead through integrity and reason, but also be challenged by perfectionism and resentment. 

Learn more about Ones
The Helper

Type 2

Twos can shine with generosity and intuiting people’s needs, but also struggle with defending their own boundaries and people-pleasing.

Learn more about Twos
Illustration of Enneagram Type 2 personality
Illustration of Enneagram Type 3 personality
The Performer

Type 3

Threes can be inspiring examples of excellence and authenticity, but also blindly pursue success and status. 

Learn more about Threes
The Individualist

Type 4

Fours can open people’s eyes to the beauty of the world and shine with authenticity, but also be held back by moodiness and self-absorption. 

Learn more about Fours
Illustration of Enneagram Type 4 personality
Illustration of Enneagram Type 5 personality
The Investigator

Type 5

Fives can demonstrate visionary intellect and inventiveness or become increasingly socially withdrawn and secretive.

Learn more about Fives
The Loyalist

Type 6

Sixes can exemplify courage and commitment, but also struggle with anxiety and rebelliousness. 

Learn more about Sixes
Illustration of Enneagram Type 6 personality
Illustration of Enneagram Type 7 personality
The Enthusiast

Type 7

Sevens can become uplifting visionaries and agents for positive change or struggle with impulsiveness and impatience. 

Learn more about Sevens
The Challenger

Type 8

Eights can be powerful, selfless leaders, but also control and intimidate others.

Learn more about Eights
Illustration of Enneagram Type 8 personality
Illustration of Enneagram Type 9 personality
The Peacemaker

Type 9

Nines can bring people together and heal conflicts or be held back by passivity and stubbornness. 

Learn more about Nines
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Wen MacClellan
Wen MacClellan
7 months ago

I'm a type 4. Never have I felt so attacked in my life as by this test ^^

Aliyah Moscia
Aliyah Moscia
3 months ago

As a coach, I have to say your site is the best on the Enneagram I've found so far. You really go into depth on all the elements of the types, while being honest about the limits of the system. No over- or underselling. I've been recommending it to all my clients.

A G Davis
A G Davis
8 months ago

Thanks for the descriptions. I didn't want to buy the report, so I'm loving all the free stuff you put out here.

Shelby
Shelby
2 months ago

Can you be more than one type?

Amanda Willis
Amanda Willis
4 months ago

Love your site! Great breakdown of the Enneagram.

Scott
Scott
2 months ago

I do see A LOT of me in this Enneagram Test, yet also some conflicting statements. I'm a binary person: 0/1, on/off, black/white, in/out, etc. Not much room for gray or assumptions.

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

Reminds me of the Myers Briggs personality Inventory. Yet theoretical underpinnings seem much deeper. As a psychologist myself I am much appreciate this program.

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