Here's an overview of the 9 Enneagram types, with brief highlights and examples:
World View: The world is an imperfect place. I work toward improvement.
Basic Desire: to be right
Basic Fear: of being condemned for making mistakes
Examples: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Miss Manners, St. Paul, Ralph Nader, Jerry Brown, John Adams, Eisenhower
World View: People depend on my help. I am needed. Love is the answer.
Basic Desire: to be loved
Basic Fear: of being unloved
Examples: Nancy Reagan, Monica Lewinski, Elvis Presley, Kelly Ripa, Jerry Lewis, Leo Buscaglia, William McKinley
World View: The world values a champion. Avoid failure at all costs. You must achieve. You need to compete and be number 1.
Basic Desire: to be admired
Basic Fear: of being rejected
Examples: Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Deval Patrick, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Demi Moore, Ted Cruz, Anne Coulter, Tiger Woods, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, George Washington, Bill Clinton
World View: Something's missing. Others have it. I'm different from them because I don't. I’m creative, special, emotional, can be moody and love depth and intensity.
Basic Desire: to understand self
Basic Fear: of being defective
Example: Shakespeare, Marlon Brando, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, John Malkovich, Thomas Merton, Prince, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus
World View: The world is invasive and confusing. I need privacy to think. I like to learn all the time. I’m objective and hate small talk.
Basic Desire: to understand the world
Basic Fear: of being overwhelmed by the world
Examples: Andrew Yang, Bill Gates, Scrooge, Buddha, T. S. Eliot, John Paul Sartre, Rene Descartes, Albert Einstein, Lenin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison
World View: The world is a threatening place. I need to look for security and to authority, but I question it. I tend to doubt and can be anxious but always have back up plans.
Basic Desire: to be secure
Basic Fear: of being abandoned
Examples: Klobuchar, Woody Allen, George Bush Jr. and Sr., Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Bob Newhart, Richard Nixon, Sally Field, Ellen DeGeneres
World View: The world is full of opportunity and options. I look forward to the future.
Basic Desire: to be happy
Basic Fear: of being deprived
Examples: Robin Williams, Mozart, John F. Kennedy, Magic Johnson, Jim Carrey, Goldie Hawn, Joe Biden, Saturday Night Live
World View: The world is an unjust place. I am strong and I defend the innocent.
Basic Desire: to be self-reliant
Basic Fear: of submitting to others
Examples: Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, John Wayne, Saddam Hussein, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Johnny Cash, Chris Christie, Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou
World View: My efforts won't matter to the world. It's best to keep the peace.
I avoid conflict, am nice and have a hard time being assertive. I appear easy going.
Basic Desire: to find union and peace
Basic Fear: of separation
Examples: Pete Buttigieg, Yogi Berra, Kevin Costner, Dalai Lama, Walter Cronkite, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson
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Herb Pearce, M.Ed. in Counseling, from Arlington, MA is an individual, couples and family therapist and life coach, and an Enneagram and Myers-Briggs workshop leader. With 40 years of experience working with clients and organizations, he has helped ...