Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Enneagram Misidentifications - Type 3


In this article, I will try to clear up some of the differences between Enneagram Type Three and the rest of the Enneagram types respectively. The comparison tables will be subject to modifications and additions as more information reveals itself.

I hope it will be a useful tool for people who have trouble mistyping or aren't sure of their type - I'm one of them too.


3 and 1


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually 3s mistype as 1s).

Three
Pragmatic
Focused on goals
Highly adaptable
Masked feelings
Arrogant
Hostility
Detachment from feelings
Charming
Desirability
Focus on ends
One
Idealistic
Focused on principles
Rigid
Irritable
Angry
Indignation
Supression of feelings
Self-righteous
Perfection
Focus on means


3 and 2


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually between 2w3 and 3w2).

Three
Grab attention
Afraid of intimacy
Impress others
Composed
Selfish
Become detached
Goals
Ambitious
Be successful
Pragmatic
Two
Give attention
Seek intimacy
Help others
Emotional
Selfless
Get aggressive
People
Sentimental
Be kind
Romantic


3 and 4


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (generally 3w4 mistype as 4w3).

Three
Focus on performance
Self-disciplined
Success-oriented
Detached
Socially confident
Adaptable
Be impressive
Minimize suffering
Positive self-image
Four
Focus on feelings
Self-indulging
Introspective
Emotional
Socially unconfident
Different
Be themselves
Dramatize suffering
Negative self-image


3 and 5


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (almost always 3s mistype as 5s).

Three
Seek recognition
Goal-oriented
Competitive
Self-promoting
Pragmatic
Highly efficient
Socially competent
Well-groomed
Care what others think
Admirable
Social standards
Five
Seek knowledge
Process-oriented
Withdrawn
Secretive
Impractical
Curiously wandering
Socially awkward
Image-unaware
Ignore people’s opinions
Eccentric
Social isolation


3 and 6


Mistyping frequency: rarely (stressed out 6s somewhat resemble 3s).

Three
Want the spotlight
Success
Impressive
Composed
Admirably smooth
Confident appearance
Emotionally reserved
Cool
Optimistic
Six
Avoid the spotlight
Security
Dependable
Nervous
Endearingly awkward
Visible insecurity
Emotionally intense
Reactive
Pessimistic


3 and 7


Mistyping frequency: often (they’re both assertive types).

Three
Focus on competition
Be admired
Success
Inflated self-worth
Arrogant
Self-controlled
Focused
Composed
Well-mannered
Tactful
Polished
Serious
Moderate
Seven
Focus on enjoyment
Have fun
Freedom
Inflated plans & desires
Maniacal
Impulsive
Scattered
Bubbly
Rather ill-mannered
Outspoken
Rough-edged
Playful
Gluttonous


3 and 8


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually 3s mistype as 8s).

Three
Social status
Seek validation
Prestige
Scared of failure
Adaptable
Become devious
Competitive
Concerned with image
Smooth
Well-mannered
Eight
Material & sexual dominance
Seek power
Control
Stirred by failure
Forceful
Become intimidating
Combative
Unconcerned with image
Crude
Defiant


3 and 9


Mistyping frequency: rarely (stressed out 3s can resemble 9s).

Three
Highly motivated
Focused
Driven
Seek attention
Self-confident
Ambitious
Active
Surpass others
Show-off
Arrogant
Nine
Relaxed
Unfocused
Easy going
Avoid attention
Self-effacing
Disengaged
Low-key
Merge with others
Withdrawn
Modest




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