9w1 (A Complete Guide)


In this article we will discuss 9w1 personality traits. Enneagram is a system of typology which describes the personality of an individual as a number of interconnected personality types. This has become popular in the spiritual and business domain but it is not widely accepted in evidence based psychology as it lacks empirical research. 

9w1 (A Complete Guide)

Enneagram personality theory:

Enneagram personality is defined with the help of enneagram structure. It consists of a circle with nine distinct personalities. The outer circle has an equilateral triangle inside which connects three of the nine points of the circle. Rest of the points in the circle are connected through irregular hexagons. 

In simplest form, enneagram represents 9 distinct personality types and it grows complex when these 9 personalities give rise to 27 different personality subtypes. Enneagram personalities are clustered in 3 X 3 arrangement giving rise to three centers. These three centers are instinctive, feeling and thinking. The three personalities in each center have common characteristics of their center. For example characteristics of personality type four has its relationship with feelings. 

Enneagram suggests that people do not usually go from one personality type to another. But it is important to understand that not all aspects of personality are expressed at a particular time. People tend to fluctuate among healthy and unhealthy traits of their personality depending on their circumstances. A person can relate to each of the personality types but according to enneagram institute it is the dominant personality which is important. 

It should be noted here that no one personality type is considered better than others by researchers at enneagram institute. The characteristics of one personality type can be seen as hindrance or helpful for an individual depending on the individual and the culture they belong to. For example the trait of being self reliant might help individuals living in individualistic society but might become trouble for one in collectivist society. 

The basic personality types:

The basic personality types described through enneagram are as follow:

  1. Reformer
  2. Helper
  3. Achiever
  4. Individualistic
  5. Investigator
  6. Loyalist
  7. Enthusiast
  8. Challenger 
  9. Peacemaker

The Wings:

Enneagram researcher suggests that no one person has only one pure personality rather the dominant personality type is influenced by either one or both of its adjacent personality types. These adjacent personality types are known as wings.

These wings or adjacent personality types add up complementary or sometimes contradictory elements to individuals personality type. It is important to take into account these wings in addition to dominant personality types as they are often known as the second side of one’s personality. For example individuals with personality type eight will be influenced either by nice or seven which are adjacent to it. 

Overview of personality type 9:

Enneagram personality type is also known as ‘The peacemaker’. Being a peacemaker they would go to every extent to run everything smoothly. They are very optimistic, stable and trustworthy. In order to make peace, they would accept all people around them. They are very complacent and would minimize everything that is upsetting which can sometimes become problematic. But at their best they are very good at solving conflict and healing people around them. They are annoyed by resistance or stubbornness depicted by others which becomes a hindrance in solving conflict. 

Not only the external conflict they also strive to maintain internal conflict brining their external and internal coherence in each other. They struggle to bring inner peace just as they struggle to bring peace and harmony in their external world. 

Personality type 9 is conflicted by the major conflict of being aware or ignorant of their inner world, tension versus relation and being open or distant from others. This conflict is resolved when personality type 9 identify with their inner world and acknowledge their elemental strength. Being in an intuitive center, they are most grounded in their inner and external world. To resolve the conflicts faced by them, they either highlight their inner strengths or disengage with their internal world completely and focus just on the external world. Disengagement from their inner world lets them be lightweight. 

Basic Fear:

 Their personality type of being a peacemaker is driven by their basic fear of loss and separation. They avoid conflict to avoid losing people and being separated from them. 

Basic Desire:

Their desire is defined by their personality type. That is to achieve eternal peace both internal and external. Most of their act revolves around in desire of establishing peace and maintaining it. 

Key Motivations:

Their actions are motivated by their desire to achieve peace. They try their best to maintain peace and things that are upsetting or which can create conflict. 

9w1 (A Complete Guide)

Overview of Personality Type 1:

People with this type of personality are considered ethical, conscientious and they also have a good sense of distinguishing between right and wrong. These people tend to be crusaders, teachers, lawyers, and advocates for social change. They always are finding ways to bring improvements in things and are also frightened about committing any mistake. They tend to live a disciplined, orderly, well organized life. They always strive to keep and sustain their standards of living and can sometimes be very perfectionist and critical. These people often find it difficult to face resentment and tend to lack patience. 

These people are wiser, noble, discerning and realistic. Also they are morally heroic. 

Basic Fear 

These people are afraid of doing any kind of corruption or committing any sin or being defective. 

Basic Desire

These people are willing to be good at their nature, being integrative and to be balanced.

Those Ones with nine wings are known as the idealist while those Ones with two-wing are known as The Advocate. 

Key Motivations

The notable motivation of these people is to become right in their every move and to struggle for the improved and balanced life. They desire to be persistent in their pursuit to be idealists to justify their intentions and to get immunity from the criticism of others.

Overview of Subtype 9w1:

9w1 personality is a blend of characteristics of personality type 9 and personality type 1. They are known as ‘The Negotiator’. They constantly try to achieve peace. Because of the influence of wing 1, they take their moral obligations seriously and have a bit of perfectionist tendencies. They fear separation from their beloved and avoid isolation. To maintain peace, they would even ignore their own negative emotions. 

9w1 in integration:

In integration 9w1 is a combination of healthy characteristics of personality type 1 and 9. 9w1 go on their journey to achieve peace with a moral obligation of 1. They feel obliged to follow the norms and rules of society as they feel that this is the only way to achieve complete peace. 9w1 are generally nice people and wing 1 ad tactful tendencies in them. 9w1 are least prone to burst into anger and most spiritual of all other subtypes. Type 9 is usually focused on their inner self and wing 1 guides them to channel their inner energies in different forms of exercise such as yoga, meditation and reflection. This influence of 1 is on 9 is really important as it lets them establish their inner peace through these spiritual practices when it gets disrupted. As peace is important for the well-being of nine, 1 drives them through different practices to maintain peace in society. 9w1 are usually calm personalities with a firm belief that their effort are important in establishing world peace. 

9w1 (A Complete Guide)

 9w1 in disintegration: 

In stressful conditions, 9w1 fluctuate to negative personality traits of both personality types. Peace is the internal desire of personality type 9, thus in stressful conditions they would even put up with abusive behavior from others to maintain peace. They would try their best to ignore their anger and other negative emotions in order to avoid any troubling circumstances. It is the natural tendency of personality type 9 to escape conflicting situations and this attitude is reinforced by the influence of wing 1. They become detached from their inner self in such circumstances and this detachment can last for many years even. In this time period they adopt an unhealthy coping mechanism which further results in negative psychological consequences. In conflicting circumstances 9w1 also opt for perfectionist tendencies of 1 and become over organized. They become obsessive with putting things in order. 9w1 would never become angry but will have an attitude of bitterness.

Strengths of 9w1:

According to Enneagram institute certain strengths are associated with each personality subtype which helps in being effective and efficient in their lives. Strengths associated with personality subtype 9w1 are as follow:

  • They have the ability to analyze the situation from different perspectives which helps them in making good decisions. 
  • They help others in becoming better version of themselves, thus work well in teams 
  • They have strong sense of moral obligation thus consciously perform the task assign to them while following all the rules 
  • They have the ability to be open-minded and perceptive of different perspectives and opinions. They can easily agree to disagree 
  • They are highly motivated and have purpose in their lives. 

Weaknesses of 9w1:

With strengths, every personality subtype has certain weaknesses too. If these weaknesses are not addressed or recognized they can become trouble for individuals. Weaknesses associated with 9w1 are as follow:

  • In the struggle of establishing and maintaining peace, sometimes they tend to neglect their own needs and emotions, which can become dysfunctional for them in the longer run. 
  • They have this tendency to be overly critical of their own selves and constantly pushing themselves to be a better version. 
  • As described above, they can become distant and detached from their internal and external environment during stressful situation, thus they are perceived aloof during such circumstances 
  • As they are proponents of peace, they face difficulty when confronted with conflicting situations. 


9w1 is a blend of personality characteristics of personality type 9 and 1 with 9 as the basic personality type influenced by 1. They are advocates of peace and go to any extent to establish and maintain peace. They are most grounded in their internal and their external self. They nourish people around them but have a tendency to ignore their own emotions and in pursuit of maintaining peace. 

9w1 (A Complete Guide)

FAQs about 9w1 enneagram 

What is 9w1?

9w1 is a blend of personality characteristics of personality type 9 and 1 with 9 as the basic personality type influenced by its adjacent personality type 1 known as its wing. 9w1 are known as ‘The Negotiators’. Their energies and actions are driven towards making peace both internal and external. In pursuit of maintaining peace, they are even likely to ignore their own emotions and feelings. 

What are wings of 9?

Basic personality types can either have wing 1 or wing 8. 9w1 and 9w8 differ in their characteristics but both strive to achieve and maintain peace and avoid conflict.

How do Enneagram 9 feel loved?

Some tips to establish healthy relationship with personality type 9 are as follow:

– A person should take their criticism and their judgment personally 

– He should respect their integrity and take things seriously which are important for them.

– A person in relationship with personality type 9, should not ignore traditional values and norms.

– He should not make agreement which he do not tend to keep 






9w1 (A Complete Guide)

Juanita Agboola

Juanita Agboola is the editor in chief of HFNE and an expert in mental health online. She has been writing about online behaviour, mental health and psychology issues since 2012. All Guides are reviewed by our editorial team which constitutes various clinical psychologists, PhD and PsyD colleagues.