Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

In this blog post, we will describe Enneagram type 9, known as the peacemaker. We will also talk about the Enneagram type 9 subtypes: 9w1 and 9w8.

Enneagram type 9 – the peacemaker

Basic fear – of loss and separation, of annihilation

Basic desire – to maintain inner stability and

peace of mind

The message of the superego – You are fine as long as those around you

yours are fine.

Enneagram type 9 is: Calm, withdrawn, erased type: receptive, pleasant, complacent.

We call it”the Peacemaker” because, more than any other type of personality, he is devoted to finding inner and outer peace for both himself and those around him. They are often spiritual seekers, with a burning desire to be connected to the universe as well as to other people. 

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

They strive to maintain their inner peace, as well as the peace and harmony of the environment around them. The problems encountered in the Nine types are fundamental to the whole work of inner transformation: awakening vs. admonition to true nature, presence vs. trance, tension vs. relaxation, peace vs. pain, union vs. separation.

As an irony of fate, this type of personality so oriented towards spiritual work is the centre of the Instinctual Triad and probably the most ingrained type in the physical world and in one’s own physical body. 

The contradiction is elucidated if we realize that this guy is either in very close connection with his instinctive virtues and has great elemental power and personal magnetism, or they are separated from instinctual power and can be withdrawn, disconnected from the real world.

To compensate for the separation from instinctual energies, they retreat into mental and emotional fantasies (which is why Nine may be confused with types Five or Seven – intellectual types). – or with Two or Four – sentimental types).

Moreover, when instinctual energies have lost their balance, they use these energies against themselves, as a barrier to their own power, so that their psyche becomes static and inert. When their energy is not used, it stagnates like a spring lake supersaturated with water, which prevents the flow of the springs that supply it.

On the other hand, if their energies are balanced and connected to their instinctual centre, they are like a great evil, which carries everything with it, without any effort.

Sometimes we call the type Nine “Crown of the Enneagram” because it is at the top of the symbol and seems to include it entirely. 

Type nine can have the power of Eight, the sense of fun and adventure like type Seven, the sense of responsibility characteristic of Six, the intellectualism of Fives, the creativity of Four, the attractiveness of typology Three, the generosity of Two and the idealism of type One. However, what they generally lack is a sense of self-identity.

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

Paradoxically, the only guy we don’t look like is the Nine guy himself. To have individuality, to assert yourself in relation to others, is a very frightening idea for Nine. He would rather merge with another person, or follow his own dreams in silence.

The Nine Type shows us the universal tendency to ignore the hardships of life and to seek peace and comfort through a kind of numbness of the soul. They react to pain and suffering through a premature state of peace, whether it is a false spiritual state or a deep denial. 

More than any other type of personality, 9 demonstrates the tendency to escape the paradoxes and tensions of life by trying to avoid them, or by looking for simple and painless solutions to solve their problems.

Cantoning only in the pleasant part of life is not a bad thing, of course, but only a limited and limiting approach. If the Nine types protect themselves from the cold and rain by the idea that everything bad will pass, the other types also have their distorted points of view. 

Enneagram type 9 – behavioural model learned in childhood

The model of childhood that is described here does not determine the typology. Instead, it describes the trends observable in early childhood, which have a strong impact on adult relationships.

Many of the Nine type say that they had a happy childhood, but this is not always true. 

As a child, the Nine Youth learned to cope by dissociating themselves from threatening or traumatic events around them, taking on the role of Peacemaker or Mediator in family conflicts. They learned that the best way to maintain harmony in the family is to “disappear” and not bother anyone. 

They have learned that if they don’t ask for anything and don’t have too many expectations – in short, if they are easy-going children – they can protect themselves, thus calming both moms and dads. (In a dysfunctional family system, the term that applies to this case is “lost child”). 

Their feeling is that “If they show up and tell me their opinion, I will create even more problems, so if I go unnoticed and don’t bother anyone, the family will stay together.”

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

Those of the Nine type grew up convinced that they were not allowed to have needs, to impose themselves, to get angry, to make it difficult for their parents. As a result, they do not know how to be assertive enough to assert themselves independently of their parents or other important people in their lives. 

They learned to live in the background, behind the scenes, where nothing can touch them. As adults, their minds are so full of the needs and plans of those they try to conform to that they are often unable to hear the voice of their own needs and desires.

They also learned to suppress their anger or will so much that they became unaware that they had such feelings. They are used to complying with whatever life or people around them brings. It has seldom happened to them to ask what they want, what they think, what they really feel. Therefore, in-depth surveys are needed to arrive at the answers to these questions.

In very dysfunctional families, young Nouă may have been physically, emotionally, or even sexually traumatized. They learn to protect themselves from intolerable feelings by dissociation or closure. 

On the one hand, it may be a blessing that they are unaware of their traumatic memories or their hidden anger, but on the other hand, this results in the inhibition of their ability to allow themselves to be touched, deeply and intensely, by the surrounding reality. Such people can get lost in their own fantasies or live almost exclusively based on what is peaceful and positive in their environment – even if it later turns out to be just illusions.

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

Enneagram type 9 subtypes

9w8 – The referee

Examples of personalities: Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, Walter Cronkite, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Ringo Starr, Ingrid Bergman.

Healthy subtype: These individuals combine inner strength and endurance with the ability to be pleasant and to caress others. They are at the same time strong and delicate, able to relate very easily to people but also to things; mediates people and reduces conflicts. 

He is always looking for new projects to change his routine periodically. They are practical and concerned about their immediate needs, as well as the physical and financial aspects that surround them. More sociable than the other subtype, they generally prefer to work in a team. 

They excel in self-help and consulting professions and can be very efficient in business, especially in negotiations and human resources.

Medium subtype: They like to be in society and have fun and are tempted to get lost in sensuality or comfortable habits that can prevent them from focusing on important goals. They can be stubborn and defensive, they tend to stand still and not listen to anyone. 

Most are temperamental people and it is difficult, as a rule, to figure out what triggers their unstable attitudes: threats to their own well-being or family, job, or beliefs – these are the most common reasons. They can be brutal and explosive, only to suddenly return to a state of calm and placidity.

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

9w1 – The dreamer

Examples of personalities: Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth II, Cari Jung, George Lucas, Audrey Hepbum, Lady Margot Fonteyn, Rose Kennedy, Walt Disney, Garrison Keillor, Nonnan Rockwell.

Healthy subtype: People in this subtype are imaginative and creative, often able to synthesize multiple schools of thought or multiple points of view into a single vision of an ideal world. They are very good at nonverbal forms of communication (art, musical instruments, dance, sports, working with animals or nature) and can thrive in large companies and institutions. 

They are typically friendly and reconciling, but with a very keen sense of purpose, especially when it comes to their own ideas. Good as therapists, counsellors or priests, balance their traits of good listeners, free from prejudice, with the desire to help others.

Medium subtype: They want order outside, so they can have order inside. They tend to get involved in non-essential, unimportant activities and businesses. They can be energetic, but in a detached and uninvolved way, which interferes with their ability to pursue long-term goals or to co-opt others in achieving them. 

They are more reserved and less adventurous than those in the Nine-winged Eight subtype and express their anger with great restraint and indignation. They are also concerned about their respectability and image in society and, in many cases, feel morally superior to other classes, cultures or lifestyles. 

It happens to have a puritanical side, as well as a perfectionist, orderly and typical side.

Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

Conclusions

In this blog post, we described Enneagram type 9, known as the peacemaker. We also talked about the Enneagram type 9 subtypes: 9w1 and 9w8.

Enneagram type 9 people strive to maintain their inner peace, as well as the peace and harmony of the environment around them. 

The problems encountered in the Nine types are fundamental to the whole work of inner transformation: awakening vs. admonition to true nature, presence vs. trance, tension vs. relaxation, peace vs. pain, union vs. separation.

As an irony of fate, this type of personality so oriented towards spiritual work is the centre of the Instinctual Triad and probably the most ingrained type in the physical world and in one’s own physical body. 

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FAQ about Enneagram type 9

Are Enneagram 9’s lazy?

Enneagram 9 are not lazy, but they do have problems because they are too passive and stubborn. At the healthiest level, those in type 9 are fearless, able to comprehend everything; they are able to reconcile people and heal conflicts.

What does a healthy Enneagram 9 look like?

Healthy Enneagram 9s are typically friendly and reconciling, but with a very keen sense of purpose, especially when it comes to their own ideas. Good as therapists.
counsellors or priests, balance their traits of good listeners, free from prejudice, with the desire to help others.

What do Enneagram 9s need to hear?

Enneagram 9s need to hear: Learn the value of the word “no”. It is perfectly natural not to want to disappoint those around you, but when you are offered a proposal that you do not agree with, it is better to make known the limits you want to impose, than to say “Yes” and say then regret it later.

What does an Enneagram 9 go to in stress?

When an Enneagram 9 is stressed, they fall into a deep apathy about their lives and can become sluggish, erased and unproductive. They end up being “chronic couch vegetables”, emotionally closed and slowly wasting their health, relationships and possibilities. Addictions are common.

Are Enneagram 9s introverts?

Some Enneagram 9s are introverts. They are kind-hearted, calm and supportive, but they are too willing to please others just to avoid scandal. They want life to unfold in conflict, tending to indulge in any situation and minimize any disturbance that occurs. 

How do I find my Enneagram wing?

EachEnneagram type has two wings and three instinctual variants. These two “lenses” help us focus on our personality traits with greater precision and specificity. The enneagram is also unique in that it shows us the ways to develop, to evolve. It accurately traces the paths of our growth and evolution, but also those that lead us to involution. 

Further reading 

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso 

Enneagram Self-Discovery: Understand Personality Types to Enhance Your Spiritual Growth & Build Healthy Relationships, by Elliot Hudson 

The Enneagram Of Personality: Why Discovering Your Unique Personality Type Is Essential For Your Personal Growth, by Arthur Canfield 

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (The Road Back to You Set), by Ian Morgan Cron

The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth, by Christopher L. Heuertz  

References

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso 

Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson

Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson

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Enneagram type 9 (everything you need to know)

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.