Ancient symbol. Modern psychology.
Powerful & Dominating
self-confident, authoritative, hard-working, strong-willed, confrontational, forceful, passionate, outspoken, independent, protective, abundant energy, persistent, maintain power & control, industrious, defensive, combative, "invulnerable", harsh, rageful, vengeful egocentric, boastful, demonstrative, tyrannical, omnipotent, angry
Calm & Self Effacing
receptive, reassuring, agreeable, considerate, quiet, easygoing, thoughtful, accepting, supportive, accommodating, dependable, routine, stable, hardworking, pragmatic, complacent, disengaged, emotionally indolent, indifferent, angry, stubborn, dissociated, numb, apathetic
Rational & Rigid
principled, purposeful, organized, ethical, fastidious, fair, objective, “sense of mission”, practical action, high standards, inner critic, highly critical, impatient, repressed, angry, controlling, perfectionistic, puritanical, resentful, emotionally constricted, scolding abrasive, punitive, inflexible
Loving & Manipulative
generous, empathetic, helpful, thoughtful, caring, reliable, compassionate, kind, overly considerate, people pleasing, seductive, intrusive, possessive, seeking validation, angry, resentful, hurt, manipulative, deceitful, flattering, demonstrative, angry, low self esteem/value
Successful & Deceitful
hardworking, dedicated, driven, ambitious, resourceful, impressive, motivated, highly skilled, distinguished, pragmatic, opportunistic, calculating, narcissistic, deeply egocentric, “imposter complex”, seeking validation & attention, social climber, arrogant, unprincipled self centered, conceited
Expressive & Melodramatic
emotional, empathetic, creative, unique, connected, deep, artistic, romantic, unique, authentic, eccentric, poetic, introspective, sensitive, moody, manipulative judgemental, self-conscious, tormented, dark, depressive, angry, lost, shameful, self-destructive, hopeless, despair, macabre, self absorbed
Innovative & Isolated
intelligent, cerebral, wise, highly skilled, well-rounded, eccentric, open minded, pioneering, complex, perceptive, expert, independent, inventive, visionary, competent, capable, secretive, withdrawn, antagonistic, cynical, argumentative, reclusive, intellectually arrogant, self-destructive, nihilistic, erratic
Responsible & Anxious
innovative, structured, hardworking, deeply loyal, reliable, secure oriented, troubleshooting, revolutionary, engaging, contradictory, dependent, indecisive, untrusting, defensive, reactive, fearful, insecure, unpredictable, stubborn, suspicious, erratic, worst case scenario, panicked, paranoid
Spontaneous & Scattered
free, fun, happy, curious, joyful, optimistic, adventurous, fast learners, well-rounded, humorous, light hearted, bold, vivacious, “life of the party”, flaky, self centered, narcissistic, emotionally stunted, insensitive, impulsive, escapist mentality, erratic, moody, compulsive, panic-stricken, avoidance, “cold-hearted”, jaded
THINGS TO REMEMBER ON YOUR ENNEAGRAM JOURNEY
There are 9 Points on the Enneagram Map. We have access to all of the Points but we lead with one dominant energy. The numbers are not a scale, meaning no Point is better or worse than any of the other Points. Of the 9 Points, you will experience a stronger presence radiating from one of the Points than you do from the other eight points. When we talk about Enneagram "Type" we are referring to the Point on the Enneagram where you embody the strongest energy, but remember we have access to all nine points on the Enneagram. When you explore all nine Points of the Enneagram you may feel a sense of connection to many of the Points, however, the energy at one of the Points will be your dominant energy or what is referred to in Enneagram teaching as type.
inclusive & universal
No type or point is inherently gendered or dependent on dimensions of diversity (perceived race, socioeconomic status, education, age, religion, etc…). While the descriptions and energies of the Points are universal and are not dependent on certain identifying factors, it is important to note the way an Enneagram energy shows can vary based on cultural or environmental influences or psychological well-being. For instance, some cultures have certain gender roles or religious influences that color the Enneagram energy but these factors do not fundamentally change a person’s dominant Enneagram Point.
core operating system
Your dominant Enneagram Point does not change throughout your life or shift based on home or work life. You are born into your “type” and your experiences adjust how you navigate life, access your wing energy, travel with the “arrows”, and drop into the “levels of development”. The Enneagram energy residing within you is your Core Operating System.
FIND YOUR OWN PATH
No one can tell you where you stand on the Enneagram Map. You find your place by reading, researching, and exploring all aspects of all 9 Points. Tests can help you find a starting point, but they are not always the defining factor of where you stand on the Enneagram map. Just as we make choices about many things that do or do not work for us, you are free to think of yourself as a particular type or as standing at a particular Point from which you lead or start. Do what works for you while you are finding your way on this journey. Those of us who write about or teach the Enneagram are here as your guides and we cannot determine your type or Point. That is part of your journey and we are simply here to walk beside you as you explore a powerful way to do your inner work.
Many people mistype and thus spend years trying to find where they stand on the Enneagram Map, or try to “fit” themselves into whatever they want their dominant energy to be. Not every aspect of the Point may apply to you, this does not mean you are mistyping. You may mistype but there is wisdom in learning why you mistyped and what it means to connect to a certain energy that may not be your dominant Point within the Enneagram. Explore the core motivations and basic fears of the Enneagram Points to help you dive into the complexities of your own personality. The process of discovering where you fit within the Enneagram is a journey not a destination.
Dr. Egerton teaches the Enneagram in organizations across the country and has utilized it with her coaching, training, and organizational development clients. She brings her expertise in both individual & organizational development and IDEA work to create an experience that energizes the spirit and sparks a passion to participate in becoming a part of creating global solutions. She has studied the Enneagram for over 2 decades and among her many diverse and esteemed teachers are Don Riso and Russ Hudson completing Part I, II, III, Psychic structures, Master Teaching class, and numerous other Riso-Hudson workshops. Deborah has also studied Coaching with the Enneagram under Ginger Lapid-Bogda P.h.D. and was mentored for 2 years by Bea Chestnut P.h.D. Deborah has presented and worked with Bea teaching the 27 enneagram subtypes and is also certified with The Integrative Enneagram Assessment tool. She incorporates her work with Integrative Enneagram Solutions into her business practices and coaching methods— a technique that is unique to her particular qualifications and skill set. She teaches workshops and seminars to executives and leaders around the world and emphasizes her unique approach of using the Enneagram to address social injustice, personal bias, and socioeconomic inequality.