Enneagram Type 9
Enneagram Type 9 personalities belong to the Gut / Body Triad. They are motivated to create harmony in their environment, avoid tension and to preserve the flow of things with minimal disruption. They believe that everything is as good as it is. Why fix what is not broken? Nines are most devoted to sustaining inner and outer peace both for themselves and those whom they connect with. They appreciate stability, preferring to avoid conflict, opting to either give in or work towards a peaceful settlement. They seek the company of those just like them so that their feathers are not ruffled and energy is not consumed by other people’s lack of self-control or skewed perceptions.
While the enneagram type Nines are easy-going and calm, there is a side to them that is quite hidden. Since they avoid conflict and suppress anger, it results in building pressure from the inside which manifests itself as frustration. They resort to suppressing their anger which is why the 9s are frequently known to have anger that’s gone to rest. The Nines may be more passive aggressive, choosing to revolt through inaction, silence, avoidance and for many of us, it’s like a silent killer. They also do have strong opinions which can go unexpressed until you ask. With pent up frustration, you might finally witness a continuous rant mixed with a stubbornness to do what feels right. Nines are unwavering when they are clear and have given something much thoughtT
Early Childhood of Enneagram Type 9
The Enneagram Type 9 child may be able to identify being overlooked, left alone or given a lot of space to be on their own. Some may have felt neglected or unimportant and this could have come in many forms, like divorced parents/caregivers, given freedom, having had busy caregivers, etc. The response of the Nine child was to ignore such feelings and take a ‘whatever will be, will be’ mentality to conceal the pain. Similarly, other Type 9 children might have been rebuked for having needs or trying to get attention from their caregivers. At some point, the child decided that laying low and keeping those thoughts to themselves served its purpose. The numbing of emotional pain worked for the period.
Strengths of the Enneagram Type 9
Limitations of Enneagram Type 9
Any type becomes Unresourceful when they begin to over-do some of the thoughts and behaviours that are typical of the type.
Reflections for the Enneagram Type 9
Subtypes for the Enneagram Type 9
Known as The Collector and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Appetite. They have routines to create a life of material abundance, food and comfort, but neglect their personal needs, own sense of “being” or spiritual growth.
Known as The Seeker and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Union or Fusion. They long to merge with a partner, nature, Spirit, or God, but this focus of fusing causes problems with boundaries and lose themselves in the other.
Known as The Community Benefactor and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Participation. They participate well in social groups or with friends for the service of others but forget their personal priorities through indiscriminate activities.
Read more on the 27 Sub Types here.