This Enneagram quiz can give you a glimpse of what your core fears and desires are in life. You'll learn your core enneagram type (a number 1-9). Remember that there is no "good" or "bad" enneagram type.
You are a tireless advocate for fairness and justice. As a One, you envision a future which benefits and betters everyone. Your overarching mission in life is to provoke change in the world. Extremely driven by an inner idealism and a sense of what’s possible, you prefer to break free from others’ expectations on what to do. You are typically organized, proactive, and independently-driven.
As a One, hard work comes naturally to you—and you often find yourself wondering why others are “lazy” or unmotivated. When you relax, you regularly ponder about the consequences of your actions (and if you’ve lived in accordance with your convictions). Passionate and principled, you will do whatever you can to stay true to your set-in-stone rules—even if it means resisting your instincts, particularly anger.
A Quick Overview of the One Enneatype:
- The core fear of the One is being corrupt, evil, or "bad"
- Ones worry that if they don't do things, they won't get done right
- Ones can get so caught up in responsibilities that they forget to relax or enjoy life.
- Ones are often driven by a personal mission to improve the world.
- Ones like to have everything structured and organized.
- Ones are deeply inspired by nobility and honor and hard-work.
The Helper (Enneagram Type Two) is a selfless and caring mentor figure in the lives of many. They’re ready to jump in and lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed, and actively search for ways to improve the lives of others. Underneath the surface, Twos feel that they must give, help, empathize, or self-sacrifice to “win” love and acceptance from others. They may expect others to reciprocate their efforts, and are deeply hurt when it doesn’t happen.
Generous and emotionally aware, Twos seek out opportunities to make a positive difference and touch the hearts of others. They can sometimes overextend themselves to acquire (and sustain) affection from others, which may eventually lead to burnout or other psychosomatic conditions. Because of this, it’s important for Twos to face and combat their underlying fear of worthlessness.
At the core of their being, Twos strive to use genuine affection and connection to leave the people of their community in a better place than it was yesterday. Although they sometimes push themselves too much and deny their own needs, Twos eventually learn how to consciously think and feel for themselves, which is the pinnacle of their self-development.
A Quick Overview of the Two:
Part of the Heart Triad (along with Enneatypes Three and Four)
Can have a One or Three wing: 2w1 and 2w3
Nicknamed ‘The Helper’
Ego Fixation: Flattery
Integrates into the Four (The Individualist) under growth
Disintegrates into the Eight (The Challenger) under stress
Basic Fear: To feel unwanted and not needed by others
Basic Desire: To give love out to others and receive love in return
The Achiever (Enneagram Type Three) is an energetic and extremely driven “Type A” personality with the lifelong goal to continuously improve on every aspect of their life. Threes are energized by new plans, activities, and meetings to get things done and make things happen. Most at ease in the spotlight, they actively search for opportunities to push their name, talents, and credibility out into the world.
Sophisticated and image-conscious, high-flying Threes know exactly how to work hard and play hard. In the workplace, field, house, or air (for all the astronauts and pilots), they give each challenge their blood, sweat, and tears to successfully break through—with new heights and high scores. If this drive is paired with a healthy growth mindset, Threes can truly become a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout their life, Threes feel the need to keep improving and hustling (it’s arguable that the new-age #hustle culture has been single-handedly founded by Threes). They work extra hard to garner followers, credentials, and awards—while looking effortlessly stylish on top of it all. Underneath the surface, however, they may struggle with feeling like an imposter, along with intense self-esteem issues.
A Quick Overview of the Three:
Part of the Heart Triad (along with Enneatypes Two and Four)
Can have a Two or Four wing: 3w2 or 3w4
Nicknamed ‘The Achiever’
Ego Fixation: Vanity
Integrates into the Six (The Loyalist) under growth
Disintegrates to the Nine (The Peacemaker) under stress
Basic Fear: To be worthless or without value apart from their achievements.
Basic Desire: To be worthwhile, desirable, and accepted
The Individualist (Enneagram Type Four) is an intense and creative artist, who works with tangible objects or intangible ideas to find meaning and discovery in themselves and in nature. Fours believe in creation over consumption, and will put up a fight against anyone who tries to convince them otherwise. They experiment with different ideologies, philosophies, and modalities to form a meaningful mélange of living.
Whimsical and free-spirited, Fours march to the beat of their own drums and passionately follow their deeply-held inner values. They believe in writing their own life stories and trekking down paths alone. While this is easier said than done, Fours typically put up with a lot of fear instilled from teachers, peers, or authority figures from a young age—who tell them to take the “safe” route and squash their dreams.
Sensitive and attuned to peak experiences, Fours can feel like aimless wanderers, searching for the meaning behind their existence, especially during adolescence. They find great joy when they’re able to tap into their “flow” state—when time melts away and hours feel like minutes. By late adulthood, Fours typically gain a more holistic sense of their true identity and are able to find their place in (or out of) society.
A Quick Overview of the Four:
Part of the Heart Triad (along with Enneatypes Two and Three)
Can have a Three or Five wing: 4w3 or 4w5
Nicknamed ‘The Individualist’
Ego Fixation: Melancholy
Integrates into the One (The Perfectionist) under growth
Disintegrations into the Two (The Helper) under stress
Basic Fear: To float through life without a true identity or sense of purpose
Basic Desire: To be wholly unique, appreciated, and valued
The Investigator (Enneagram Type Five) is an independent and curious maverick on an intellectual mission to absorb as much knowledge as their active minds can acquire. Fives seek to understand, through reading and thinking, the laws and principles governing the world. They can wholeheartedly attest to Socrate’s famous saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Autonomous and inquisitive, Fives carve out as much time as possible to let their thoughts run wild. They thrive when they can devise hypotheses and theories and add to their ongoing informational archives. Through careful inspection and analysis, a seemingly random set of data or facts can spark extraordinary insights and transform into a leeway for scientific breakthrough.
In order to achieve a sense of balance, Fives reduce or eliminate tasks which can be delegated to others or avoided altogether. It’s common for Fives to live a very minimalist lifestyle: out in the woods, in a van, free from mortgages, and multi-layered credit card debt. Many have broader life goals to live sustainably and consciously.
A Quick Overview of the Five:
Part of the Head Triad (along with Enneatypes Six and Seven)
Can have a Four or Six wing: 5w4 or 5w6
Nicknamed ‘The Investigator’
Ego Fixation: Stinginess
Integrates into the Eight (The Challenger) under growth
Disintegrates into the Seven (The Enthusiast) under stress
Basic Fear: To be incompetent, incapable, and useless
Basic Desire: To achieve mastery and understanding
The Loyalist (Enneagram Type Six) is a cautious and skeptical type who aims to be prepared for whatever life might throw at them. Sixes are detail-oriented and carry a whole library of guides for every possible scenario: from losing their phones to surviving doomsday. Their single-handed and greatest asset? Emotional intelligence. Typically associated with the warm parental figure Two or harmony-seeking Nine, Sixes actually possess strong people skills, understanding deeply how others may feel inadequate or left out.
Sixes can be either Phobic or Counter-Phobic. Phobic Sixes make it very apparent to others about their worries and anxieties and are eager to find security in people, communities, or belief systems. Note: Phobic Sixes don’t necessarily have phobias, rather an overarching fear of every possible way a situation could go haywire.
Counter-Phobic Sixes, in comparison, refuse to demonstrate (or even admit to) fear altogether; a fear of fear itself. They can appear robotic or emotionally detached on the surface; highly independent and collected. With their pseudo-fearless attitude and willpower to prove themselves, Counter-Phobic Sixes do very often mistype as Eights.
Quick Overview of the Six:
Part of the Head Triad (along with Enneatypes Five and Seven)
Can have a Five or Seven wing: 6w5 or 6w7
Nicknamed ‘The Loyalist’
Ego Fixation: Cowardice
Integrates into the Nine (The Peacemaker) under growth
Disintegrates into the Three (The Achiever) under stress
Basic Fear: To lose control and be without support or guidance
Basic Desire: To feel secure and able to handle the demands of life
The Enthusiast (Enneagram Type Seven) is a multi-talented and cheerful individual who loves to be on the go with an impressive array of projects and ideas. At any given time, they have a wide range of hobbies and friends in their lives and an ongoing list of plans (i.e., a super snazzy bucket list!) for the future.
Sticking to a single career path, major, life partner, hobby, or place of residence can prove to be a massive challenge—if not an impossible feat—for Sevens. They’re constantly exploring new possibilities in an effort to find happiness and surprise in all of their endeavors.
Open-minded and endlessly energetic, Sevens feel most “at home” (paradoxically) when they’ve figured out a rough sketch of how their life can pan out over time. This process can stretch into mid-life, and take years of quiet self-reflection before unfolding from the metamorphosis.
A Quick Overview of the Seven:
Part of the Head Triad (along with Enneatypes Five and Six)
Can have a Six or Eight wing: 7w6 or 7w8
Nicknamed ‘The Enthusiast’
Ego Fixation: Planning
Integrates into the Five (The Investigator) under growth
Disintegrates into the One (The Perfectionist) under stress
Basic Fear: To be trapped or stifled in a situation without an escape
Basic Desire: To feel free to explore all of the opportunities life has to offer
The Challenger (Enneagram Type Eight) is a powerful and headstrong fighter and advocate for those who are disadvantaged or lack a voice in society. They believe, with vigor and pride, that the future is malleable and within their control to wield. Eights are bold, daring, and willing to break down walls themselves.
When life throws Eights lemons, they leap on the opportunity, make the best-tasting lemonade, and execute a downright effective game plan to turn the incident into one which gives them an upper hand. Yes, Eights will turn failures into success—by simply reframing and anchoring their mindsets toward growth.
As Eights mature and learn to acknowledge their softer and more vulnerable sides, their relationships grow in depth and improve drastically. They become less aggressive about plowing the field and more keen on nurturing their (real and metaphorical) houseplants. Loved ones will notice their gradual shift in behavior, and let them know.
A Quick Overview of the Eight:
Part of the Body Triad (along with Enneatypes Nine and One)
Can have a Seven or Nine wing: 8w7 or 8w9
Nicknamed ‘The Challenger’
Ego Fixation: Vengeance
Integrates into the Two (The Helper) under growth
Disintegrates into the Five (The Investigator) under stress
Basic Fear: To lose the ability to gain and hold power
Basic Desire: To be in control of the external and internal environment
The Peacemaker (Enneagram Type Nine) is a relaxed and easygoing master of chill who finds purpose in maintaining a mind-body balance. Nines are gentle giants—wise beyond their years—and influence others through genuine kindness. As a result, they can mesh well with almost any group or individual, making them fantastic collaborators.
With high interpersonal intelligence, Nines are sticklers for group harmony. They work diligently behind the scenes (usually unbeknownst to others) to keep relationships nourished and well-attended to. Interpersonal conflicts and misunderstandings are Nines’ area of expertise; one they handle with finesse and care.
Procrastination is next to family for Nines. For some, it’s the only friend they’ve ever known. Nines accumulate a great deal of potential energy (by staying relatively inert most of the time) to feel at ease and prepared for the future. Under stress, they become hyper-vigilant of potential sources of threats and can question almost every decision they make.
A Quick Overview of the Nine:
Part of the Body Triad (along with Enneatypes Eight and One)
Can have an Eight or One wing: 9w8 or 9w1
Nicknamed ‘The Peacemaker’
Ego Fixation: Indolence
Integrates into the Three (The Achiever) under growth
Disintegrates into the Six (The Loyalist) under stress
Basic Fear: To be pushed into interpersonal conflict and stress
Basic Desire: To feel in sync with the external environment and others