Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. – Saint Francis de Sales
Enneagram Type Nine are the quiet ones. They want peace in their lives. They are optimistic, calm, and creative.
A big part of the Enneagram theory is each types ‘basic fear’ and ‘basic desire,’ this is a part of the type that they may not even realize themselves, but it is there. That is why I am starting this post with sharing Type Nine’s ‘basic fear’ and ‘basic desire.’
Basic Fear: Loss and separation
Basic Desire: Peace of mind, inner stability
Overview of Type Nine
Type Nines want to avoid conflict. They are called the Peacemakers, but this is not the most accurate name. They don’t usually try to stop conflicts, they simply try to avoid them. They try to avoid both internal and external conflict, and often they do this by just ignoring that there is a conflict.
Another thing that they tend to do is mirror the personalities of the other types. They have many of the ‘good’ personality traits of the other Enneagram types. This is another way that they try to avoid conflict by trying to be what in their mind the behavior that is expected on them. This can make it difficult for the Type Nine to know themselves; they are the most likely to be misidentified as another type.
They are also very creative. They enjoy creating things.
Type Nines tend to be optimistic. Always ready to look on the bright side of things. They trust others easily. They tend to be very helpful. They often don’t realize just how helpful they are.
Type Nine with a Wing-Eight
Those who have this combination are sometimes called the Referee.
They tend to be more active, more willing to confront conflict, and more confident. They are less worried about hurting people feelings, so they are more likely to speak up for what they believe in.
They also tend to be more rebellious, and less likely to follow other’s lead.
Type Nine with a Wing-One
This combination is sometimes called the Dreamer.
They tend to be less passive in what goes on around them, they are more likely to try to make things better. They tend to be more principled.
They may also have an even more difficult time expressing their needs. With this wing they may also feel like they should be doing something to change the world, but that may scare them so that they end up spending even more time procrastinating.
Type Nine in Growth and Stress
When Type Nines become stressed they tend to act more like unhealthy Type Sixes. The easy-going Type Nines become anxious and worried.
Then when Type Nines are ‘growing’ they tend to act more like healthy Type Threes. They become more energetic and more self-developing instead of their normal go with the flow selves.
People and Characters who are Type Nines
One of the main complaints about Enneagram personality theory is that it puts people into boxes. However, this is not always true, the personality theory just gives an idea of how a person would act, it doesn’t claim that each person is going to be exactly alike.
But sometimes reading about the personality type causes us to inadvertently put people into those boxes.
However in each of the types there is a wide range of people, unique and different people. That is why in each of my posts on personality types I have shared different people and characters who have that personality type, and that is why I am sharing that again today.
Real Life Type Nines Include:
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Fictional Type Nines Include:
Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz)
Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility)
Fanny Price (Mansfield Park)
Jane Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
Miss Honey (Matilda)
Rue (The Hunger Games)
This is the last of the Enneagram types. I hope that by now you have a much better understanding of what each one is, what they stand for, and just what they are in general. There is obviously a lot more to learn about these Types, I just touched the surface, but I hope that that has been enough to help you to understand what the Enneagram theory is and how it works.
If you want to know more about the Enneagram theory is, I wrote this article a little while back: Characters Need to be Human. This gives a bit more information on what the Enneagram theory is and how it works.
Also if you want to find out what your Enneagram type is, this test has been very helpful: Enneagram Test. It’s free and takes about five to ten minutes, and it’s accurate. So if you don’t know your Enneagram type I would recommend using this to find out.