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The Enneagram

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3 Centers of Intelligence

The Enneagram is a system for understanding and developing our relationship with God, ourselves and others. It revolves around 9 different personality types organized into 3 centers of intelligence: gut (instinctive), heart (feeling), and head (thinking). 

While the Enneagram does help us to understand personality types, it is not intended to put complicated and unique human beings into tidy boxes or categories. The real power of it lies in the deeper work as we balance the three centers and live into who God created us to be.

In the boxes below are the 9 types divided by intelligence centers, including the key markers and motivations attributed to each type. 

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Heart/Feelings/Emotional Center

 

Type 2—THE HELPFUL & LOVING PERSON

Vice:                                      Pride

Virtue:                                    Humility

Focus of Attention:                The needs of others

Basic  Fear:                           Of being unloved; useless

Basic Desire:                         To feel loved

 

Type 3—THE EFFECTIVE PERSON

Vice:                                      Deceit, vanity

Virtue:                                    Truthfulness, authenticity

Focus of Attention:                Achieving goals, their image

Basic  Fear:                           Of being worthless

Basic Desire:                         To appear successful

 

Type 4—THE AUTHENTIC PERSON

Vice:                                      Envy

Virtue:                                    Emotional balance

Focus of Attention:                On what is missing

Basic  Fear:                           Having no identity 

Basic Desire:                         To be themselves

Gut/Body/Instinctual Center

 

Type 8—POWERFUL PERSON*

Vice:                                      Lust

Virtue:                                    Innocence

Focus of Attention:                To be in control

Basic  Fear:                           Being harmed

Basic Desire:                         To protect themselves

 

Type 9—THE PEACEFUL PERSON

Vice:                                       Sloth; inner laziness

Virtue:                                     Action

Focus of Attention:                 Agenda of the other

Basic  Fear:                           Of being disconnected

Basic Desire:                         To have inner peace

 

Type 1—THE GOOD PERSON

Vice:                                      Anger

Virtue:                                    Serenity; grace

Focus of Attention:                What needs to be corrected

Basic  Fear:                           Of being bad; unworthy

Basic Desire:                         To be good; have integrity

 

 

Head/Thinking/Intellectual Center 

Type 5—THE WISE PERSON

Vice:                                      Avarice

Virtue:                                    Detachment

Focus of Attention:                Managing inner resources

Basic  Fear:                           Being depleted

Basic Desire:                         To perceive and know

 

Type 6—THE LOYAL PERSON

Vice:                                      Fear

Virtue:                                    Courage

Focus of Attention:                What could go wrong

Basic  Fear:                           Being without support and guidance

Basic Desire:                         To be safe and certain

 

Type 7—THE JOYFUL PERSON

Vice:                                      Gluttony

Virtue:                                    Sobriety

Focus of Attention:                Being trapped and deprived

Basic  Fear:                           Being in pain and deprivation

Basic Desire:                         To be satisfied

*There are numerous accurate ways to label each of the 9 types. These labels are simply identifiers; no single descriptor can capture the full essence and/or energy of a type. The particular descriptors I have chosen come from the work of Dr. Jerome Wagner.