The Enneagram Types in Brief Summary Cheat Sheet

The Enneagram Types in Brief
Type Nickname Traits Description

1 Reformer

The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled,
Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and
Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and
advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly,
and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionist. They typically
have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally

2 Helper

The Caring, Interpersonal Type:
Demonstrative, Generous, People- Pleasing, and Possessive
Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be
sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip
into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with
acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

3 Achiever

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type:
Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image- Conscious
Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status- conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned
with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and
competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire

4 Individualist

The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type:
Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and
Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be
moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can
also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, selfindulgence,
and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and
transform their experiences.

5 Observer

The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive,
Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and
skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary
constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity,
nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an
entirely new way.

6 Loyalist

The Committed, Security-Oriented Type:
Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and
The committed, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent
“troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and
anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive,
defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. At their Best: internally stable
and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others

7 Enthusiast

The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous,
Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also
misapply their many talents, becoming over- extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and
exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems
with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming
appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

8 Champion

The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self- Confident, Decisive, Willful, and
Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also
be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes
becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing
themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives,
becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

9 Peacemaker

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type:
Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and
Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too
willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but
they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have
problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people
together and heal conflicts.