Nine points of the Enneagram

POINT 1 – THE IDEALIST

AKA

  • The Teacher, The Activist, The Reformer, The Perfectionist
  • Totem Animal:  The Eagle

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a hard-working, ethical person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Right – wrong
  • Correcting errors
  • “Zero defects”

WORLD VIEW

  • In the world there is good and bad, right and wrong.  It is important to be good and to do the right thing

USE OF ENERGY

  • Doing the “right” thing
  • Correcting error
  • Working hard
  • Ethical action
  • Avoiding negative judgments

POINT 2 – THE GIVER

AKA

  • The Helper, The Mentor, The Supporter
  • Totem Animal:  Dog

SELF IMAGE

  • I am a caring person who helps others reach their potential

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Others’ needs
  • Being liked by others

WORLD VIEW

  • People need my help – my support
  • I need their approval
  • I need to earn their approval

USE OF ENERGY

  • Taking care of others
  • Seeking approval

POINT 3 – THE ACHIEVER

AKA

  • The Performer, The Motivator, The “Can-Do” Person
  • Totem Animal:  The Beaver, The Peacock

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a successful, “can-do” person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Tasks
  • Goals
  • Results

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a contest that I can win if I work hard
  • The world values a winner

USE OF ENERGY

  • Reaching the goal
  • Getting the job done efficiently – quickly
  • Staying active and busy

POINT 4 – THE INDIVIDUALIST

AKA

  • The Artist, The Connoisseur, The Romantic
  • Totem Animal:  The Cat

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a unique, sensitive person who understands the deeper meaning of life

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Aesthetics and beauty
  • What is missing in the present moment
  • Symbolism, meaning, and metaphor
  • Self-expression

WORLD VIEW

  • We’re here to plumb the depths of authentic feeling

USE OF ENERGY

  • Seeking authenticity and emotional connection
  • Expressing essence through creative self-expression
  • Creating myself to be a unique individual

POINT 5 – THE OBSERVER

AKA

  • The Thinker, The Philosopher, The Analyst
  • Totem Animal:  The Owl

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a perceptive person who knows how things work

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Facts and data
  • Observing
  • Seeking understanding
  • Intrusions or demands

WORLD VIEW

  • Life is imposing and complex
  • Understanding part of the complexity gives me a sense of safety

USE OF ENERGY

  • Observing from a detached place
  • Learning all there is to know
  • Thinking and analyzing in advance
  • Maintaining privacy, boundaries and limits

POINT 6 – THE LOYAL-SKEPTIC

AKA

  • The Guardian, The Traditionalist, The Troubleshooter
  • Totem Animal:  The Wolf

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m realistic; I probe until I find the trouble

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Checking for congruence
  • Discovering the hidden danger or threat
  • Seeking certainty

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a dangerous place, truth is hidden and appearances suspect
  • Everyone needs trustworthy allies

USE OF ENERGY

  • Identifying hidden agendas
  • Finding loopholes
  • Questioning in order to obtain certainty
  • Planning for all the downsides
  • Rehearsing

POINT 7 – THE ENTHUSIAST

AKA

  • The Generalist, The Multi-Tasker, The Planner, The Optimist, The Epicure
  • Totem Animal:  The Otter

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m an up-beat, renaissance person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Best-case scenarios, options, possibilities, and pleasure

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is full of exciting possibilities, concepts and experiences. I intend to explore as many as I can.

USE OF ENERGY

  • Seeing the bright side
  • Planning
  • Keeping options open

POINT 8 – THE PROTECTOR

AKA

  • The Boss, The Leader, The Chief
  • Totem Animal:  The Tiger, The Rhinoceros

SELF IMAGE

  • I am powerful, just and fair-minded
  • I empower and protect others
  • What you see is what you get

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Who has power and control
  • Are they using it justly

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a battleground where the powerful take advantage of the innocent.  I expose the abusers, pretenders and fools

USE OF ENERGY

  • Gaining respect by being strong and just
  • Taking direct action and facing conflict
  • Control and dominance
  • Protecting the weak and innocent
  • An “all-or-nothing” style

POINT 9 – THE MEDIATOR

AKA

  • The Peacemaker, The Reconciler, The Utopian, The Go-Between, The Negotiator
  • Totem Animal:  The Bear

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m easy going.  I don’t rock the boat.

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Peace and harmony

WORLD VIEW

  • Everything will work out if we stay calm, amiable and connected

USE OF ENERGY

  • To make peace
  • Keeping everything even