Enneagram Types: Strengths and Weaknesses
- Both perfectionists and challengers have a desire for justice and fairness.
- While helpers tend to have a positive outlook of things, loyalists have a tendency to have a pessimistic view of things.
- Achievers are ambitious and determined to succeed. However, they tend to be workaholics and can be overly-competitive.
A list of strengths and weaknesses for each of the nine Enneagram types has been provided in the findings below. Our findings reveal that each personality has a distinct view of the world around them. Awareness of own personality is crucial for everyday engagements with people, including workplace interactions and performance and choice of career paths.
- Are often pragmatic, very good with money and have defined structures for their lifestyles and plans.
- They tend to be organized and follow their schedules to a tee.
- These individuals are deeply motivated and driven by personal values.
- They are innately in touch with, and care for their communities.
- Perfectionists are advocates of social justice and tend to defend the rights of others.
- They tend to be overly critical of themselves and others.
- Have a hard time accepting harsh realities.
- Can easily become obsessed with self-righteousness
- Are supportive of those around them.
- Exhibit unique abilities to recognize other people's needs.
- Often warm, loving and have a positive attitude and outlook of things.
- Are driven to know other people and establish relationships.
- Persistent and dedicated to tasks at hand.
- Helpers are easily offended by criticism.
- Can at times be perceived as overbearing.
- Often seek or need approval from others.
- Tend to overlook their own needs for the sake of others.
- Live with ambition and determination to succeed.
- Are highly productive and image-conscious.
- Achievers are goal-oriented, visionary and exhibit intense work ethic.
- Are charismatic, confident and tend to encourage and motivate those around them.
- At the workplace, achievers are efficient and exercise practical thinking.
- Tend to be workaholics and spare little time for themselves.
- Achievers tend to suppress their feelings to appear effective or make a good impression on others.
- Can be overly competitive or be perceived as insensitive.
- Often have difficulty coming to terms with failure.
- Needing external validation as a measure of success.
- Tend to be deeply in touch with own feelings and emotions.
- Highly sensitive to, and understanding of others feelings and emotions.
- Are introspective and have a great sense of self-awareness, of own strengths and growth areas.
- Are deep thinkers and imaginative with their creations.
- Have a clear sense of identity and often want to show their consistent and authentic selves.
- Can be self-centered, envious and dramatic.
- Tend to withdraw in times of difficulty.
- They tend to over-identify as more flawed than others and undervalue their personalities' positive aspects.
- React strongly and emotionally to hard times.
- Can be too reserved and self-indulgent, a behavior that can potentially inure their relationships.
- Are observant of their surrounding and tend to pick on details.
- They tend to be natural problems solvers, due to their unique ability to make rational sense of the world around them.
- Because of their curious nature, they constantly learn and pick up new skills and expand their knowledge base.
- Have the ability to remain calm in times of crisis.
- Investigators are highly independent and thrive within the confines of own abilities and resources.
- Tend to be loners and often detach from others.
- Have a difficulty connecting with their own emotions and relating to the feelings of others.
- Many at times they are perceived as condescending.
- Have a tendency to withhold rather than share (time, emotions, money, knowledge, etc.)
- Loyalists protect and care for others.
- They tend to recognize and acknowledge diverse perspectives from others.
- Have a tendency to honor promises and commitments to people and plans.
- Are responsible and practical with their choices and tend to avoid unnecessary risks.
- Exhibit a unique ability to consider both logic and emotions to situations to achieve the best outcome.
- May sometimes experience struggles with self-doubt and insecurity.
- Loyalists sometimes find it difficult to control anxious thoughts.
- Have a tendency to be pessimistic in situations.
- Often struggle with making critical life decisions because they often don't trust their own judgment.
- Experience difficulty completing tasks because they often take on too much work, leaving them stressed out.
- Are highly optimistic and have high energy levels.
- Enthusiasts have the ability to think quickly and creatively.
- They can easily handle change in plans and are highly adaptable.
- Tend to be fast learners able to acquire new skills and abilities.
- Ability to see and explore many alternatives or solutions.
- Enthusiasts are prone to making impulsive decisions and tend to struggle with delayed gratification.
- May sometimes appear as self-centered.
- They tend to over-commit socially and struggle with recognizing limits.
- Experience difficulty finishing tasks and committing to plans.
- Can sometimes overexert themselves, a situation which can be counter-productive
- Are vulnerable to addiction as they pursue pleasure or engage in avoid-pain inclinations.
- Challengers have the ability to lead others to success.
- They believe in protecting and defending other people.
- Are often quick to act and decisive and tend to exercise fairness and logic in decision-making.
- Have the ability to take change and get situations under control.
- Exhibit the ability to express their opinions and views in every situation
- The commanding personalities of challengers can be intimidating to people around them.
- In their pursuit for control, they can be insensitive and combative towards others.
- Have a tendency to disregard other individuals' opinions/perspectives.
- They tend to struggle with adhering to rules and orders.
- Peacemakers are often supportive and reassuring to the people around them.
- They have unique ability to mediate and solve conflicts between others.
- Are open-minded, suspend judgment and often seek to see multiple perspectives.
- Tend to remain calm in tense situations and are adaptable.
- They are patient, non-judgmental, inclusive, and accepting of others.
- Can be too complacent even in situations that require immediate action.
- They have a tendency to downplay problems.
- Tend to struggle with addressing personal conflicts and can be passive aggressive.
- Often avoid upsetting or difficult situations rather than confront them.
The figure below shows each of the personality types and their strengths.
For this research on the strengths and weaknesses of each of the nine Enneagram types, we leveraged the most reputable sources of information that were available in the public domain, including psychology-related sites such as Psychology Junkie and Crystal Knows; and test-related sites such as Truity, Enneagram Institute, and Enneagram Gift.