Enneagram Style 9

Your enneagram style is an energy you have been using without knowing all your life. You have a vested interest in not knowing this energy because it may slightly alter what you have considered your motivation for many things. Besides, this energy has a down side you may not like to acknowledge.

1 Perfectionist
2 Giver
3 Performer
4 Tragic Romantic
5 Observer
6 Devil’s Advocate
7 Epicure
8 Boss
9 Mediator

/Style Nine/
Nines’ anger differs dramatically from the anger of an Eight. They turn their anger inward and tamp it down. Nines delete their own agenda to be a peacemaker. When they are healthy, they are serene, peaceful, gently assertive, great group leaders and solid friends. Nines have no hard edges and are often extremely popular – and fun to tease because they are so easy-going. They assert themselves without ruffling anyone’s feathers and are often able to get everyone to work together.

But if they become unhealthy, their inner self goes to sleep. They put themselves to sleep with food, sex, drugs or television. They can easily become couch potatoes. They develop an inner grief at an unlived life because they merge with someone else’s agenda and don’t assert themselves.

Nines you may know: Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Cal Ripkin, Gloria Steinem, Dan Quayle, Loni Anderson, Yogi Berra, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Costner, the Dalai Lama.

If you want someone to agree with you, just ask an average to unhealthy 9. But don’t expect them to be loyal to your opinions, because they will also agree with the opposite stance. The workings of the average or unhealthy 9’s mind looks like an internal tug of war, caught in the middle between love and hate.

9s are stubborn and pleasant simultaneously. Rather than making a decision, some favorite responses are “I don’t know,” “I don’t care,” and, especially “maybe.” Although the desired result is to keep everyone on a peaceful note, these responses usually infuriate most other personality types. Peace-loving 9s can be pushed overboard and will explode like a volcano when feeling threatened. It’s almost good for them to become angry though, because they usually will let you know their true feelings.

Combining the positive traits of their wings, healthy 9s teach us how to live together in harmony with each other and accept ourselves just as we are. Unity and oneness are the high side energies of 9.

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