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Enneagram: what’s your type? Let’s find out together the first three archetypes thanks to this curious tool

“What are your strengths? And what your weaknesses?” We are used to be asked this type of questions during job interviews, but not only. Sometimes it’s us that want to question our own selves, trying to explore our deepest identity and wondering how other people perceive us. Here is a test that can help with that.

By Beatrice Jennifer Tagliabue

We already talked about the Enneagram here, that curious yet interesting tool that thanks to its geometry identifies nine different personality types of human consciousness which helps people in better understanding themselves and others while giving suggestions on how to evolve to become the best version of themselves (the enneagram is not a static tool that wants to put labels on people, but a dynamic map that shows the path a person can do to grow).

As said in the previous article, the Enneagram is able to provide quite a few information about each personality types (called archetypes).

We can call it a horoscope 2.0, with the difference that the enneagram gives a more specific and personal description of each type, willing also to suggest how to rise and evolve. Another key difference is the fact that we have all the archetypes inside us already, but there is one, in which we are born, that dominates on the others. That’s also why during our life we can identify ourselves in different types.

Let’s get into the enneagram: do you want to find out what is your personality type? Here is a test for you!

In the meantime, we start to introduce you to the first three archetypes.

Disclaimer: Each type is universally identified with a number, however they can be associated also with a nickname or an adjective that better summarizes their characteristics.  As they change according to different schools of thoughts, we will stick to numbers.

Type 1

GENERAL FEATURES

This is the archetype of the just and virtuous, idealist and perfectionist. Who has this personality is linked with autonomy and is more willing to take action, especially when it comes to improve themselves.

The continuous research of perfection and integrality makes the type one someone focused on details and on spotting mistakes (his and other people’s).

Quite judgmental and always ready to criticize people and his actions, the type one is serious and composed, too careful about self-discipline that can lose his spontaneity.

They do what is considered right from a moral point of view to feel better with themselves and justified in their constant tension to be perfect and never satisfied.

They usually see the world in black and white, without margins for mistakes.

As their objective is to get better in everything they can, they sometimes consider themselves an example to follow, trying to change their surroundings for the better. On the other hand, they really struggle to accept who doesn’t agree with them and has different point of view.

CENTER OF INTELLIGENCE

Instinct (Gut)

PASSION

Wrath – Wrath as hate and irritation. A resentment caused by a feeling of injustice that is generated when the type 1 thinks the world does not try hard enough to do things well and that often remains quite to maintain an incorruptible image.

STREGTHS

Responsible, honest and oriented towards improvement.

WEAKNESSES

Resentment, criticism and difficulty in adapting.

COMMUNICATION STYLE

Precise with a tendence to preach. Sometimes his self-discipline makes him cold.

LOW EMOTIONAL HABITS

Anger, resentment and spite.

HIGH EMOTIONAL HABITS

Letting things go the way they do.

OBSESSION

Never-ending perfection seeking – within himself and others.

FEAR

Fear of being unsuitable and imperfect, but also to have wrong values.

DEEP DESIRE

To be perfect and feel worthy.

DEFENCE MECHANISM

The type 1 tries to cover up his thoughts and behavior, considered wrong by him, either denying them or cancelling them, behaving in the opposite way and masking his real feelings.

PHYSIOLOGICAL FEATURES

Rigidity in wanting to seek perfection and being always on the right can cause tension in the jaw, neck and shoulders.

HOW TO GET BETTER

Type One must become conscious that perfection doesn’t exist and hast to accept things and people (himself included) the way they are. He should let himself go to fun and spontaneity, learning to trust other people and being less judgmental.

 
 
 
 
 
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Type 2

GENERAL FEATURES

The desire for love and his propension to help others are the main characteristics of the enneatype 2. Sociable, extroverted and altruistic, they tend to have an emotional connection with people and do everything to help those in need, hoping to be appreciated.

Often suffering from a lack of childhood affection - for example as children they had to play the adult role - they do everything to feel loved, to make others laugh and happy while neglecting themselves.

With the aim of being accepted and appreciated by others, the type 2 gives without wanting anything in return: they do it out of a personal need to feel satisfied.

They tend not to bring attention to themselves and are often intrusive and manipulative.

CENTER OF INTELLIGENCE

Emotions (Heart)

PASSION

Pride – This type tends to overrate himself and his worth providing a good image and filling his lacks by helping other people.

STREGTHS

Caring, selfless and is a great communicator.

WEAKNESSES

Reliant, insecure and has his head in the clouds.

COMMUNICATION STYLE

Empathetic and available to give suggestions.

LOW EMOTIONAL HABITS

Pride in feeling needed and necessary, he has a low self-esteem and uses indifference to cut out affective relationships.

HIGH EMOTIONAL HABITS

He is humble in recognizing his worth without too many exaggerations.

OBSESSION

Redundancy.

FEAR

Fear of being in need (on an emotional and physical level), which makes him feel weak. The other big fear is not to be loved and lose his family and friends.

DEEP DESIRE

To feel loved and worthy.

DEFENCE MECHANISM

To fill his own holes and needs up to maintain the image of the person that is always ready to give.

PHYSIOLOGICAL FEATURES

They feel a lot on an emotional level, sometimes they direct represent emotions into physical symptoms.

HOW TO GET BETTER

Type Two must make space for himself as well in relationships, finding his autonomy as well. He has to accept that not everyone likes him and that it is ok while being honest with people. He has to remember that his feeling unloved does not necessary correspond to the reality of facts.

 
 
 
 
 
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Type 3

GENERAL FEATURES

Motivated, productive and ready to give their best to be able to achieve their goals in the best way possible. Type 3 is definitely a proactive, pragmatic person who tends to enhance their talent, aiming to be the best in their area and to be successful. The characteristic of being dynamic and always on the move means that he adapts to challenges without too many problems, trying in every way to overcome them, taking initiative and working hard.

Very often type 3 identifies with a specific role and wants to excel in all ways, forgetting his true feelings, which are sometimes in contrast with the "successful" image that the outside world imposes. In this case, his desire for approval and admiration causes him to be masked.

At first balanced and ready to bring out the best in himself and in others, he can become competitive and ruthless.

CENTER OF INTELLIGENCE

Emotions (Heart)

PASSION

Vanity - Type three wants to stand out in the eyes of others, creating a successful image that causes admiration, but which sometimes doesn't match the real one.

STREGTHS

Motivated, charismatic, successful and proactive.

WEAKNESSES

Competitive, disconnected and too much of a hard worker.

COMMUNICATION STYLE

Enthusiast and great motivational speaker for himself and others.

LOW EMOTIONAL HABITS

Pride and vanity in keeping a successful image.

HIGH EMOTIONAL HABITS

Truthful to go beyond appearances and be more authentic.

OBSESSION

Deception, meaning that he thinks other people fake a certain image.

FEAR

The fear of failure and be worthless without their success.

DEEP DESIRE

To be admired.

DEFENCE MECHANISM

To unconsciously identify himself in an idealized role society wants him to cover while hiding his failure.

PHYSIOLOGICAL FEATURES

As the type 3 is in constant action and works endlessly, he is exposed to a lot of stress, causing this type tensions near the chest and heart, which can make his immune defence quite weak.

HOW TO GET BETTER

Type 3 must learn to listen to his own needs and feelings, finding his true essence without locking himself up in a character. In addition, he must leave behind the approval of others as a push for success and replace it with the desire to improve himself first.

 
 
 
 
 
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