Enneagram Examples


by TJ Dawe
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Trump’s type is Eight – the Challenger. Eights are tough, decisive and confrontational. A healthy Eight is a warm, generous, big hearted, magnanimous, courageous, a leader who cares for others, and protects them. (See the profiles of James Hetfield and Margaret Cho as examples) Over the course of Donald Trump’s campaign he’s displayed a laundry list of […]

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The Tragically Hip gave their farewell concert on Saturday, August 20th. Seen through the lens of the Enneagram, I see front man Gord Downie as a Five, and the Hip as a band that oozes the ethos of Type Six, which has helped cement their status as Canada’s greatest band. Type Five is the Investigator, […]

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For anyone who’s frustrated, frightened or furious in light of recent events, there’s much inspiration to be had from Margaret Cho – a powerhouse of courage, strength and conviction, and an Enneagram Eight. Type Eight is the challenger, the maverick, the rock. Eights are aggressive, independent and have no patience for bullshit. It’s a type […]

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Beyonce turned many heads with her Super Bowl performance of her new song Formation. I see it as a move from Three to Six. I’d posit Beyonce as a prime example of Type Three: the Achiever. She’s a success machine. She’s been performing since she was seven, writing her own music since her teens, and […]

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David Bowie was a picture perfect Enneagram Three. Type Three is the Achiever, the Performer, the Catch, the Best. Threes have their eyes on the prize, and go for it. Bowie blazed into the pop music scene in his early 20s, and never really lapsed in public adulation. He conquered the movies too – playing […]

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Stephen Harper doubled-down on Canada’s self-prez instinct, and lost. The Self-Preservation Instinct (known in Enneagram circles as “self-prez”) refers to one’s physical wellbeing. Someone who has self-prez at the top of their instinctual stack will have a frequent focus on one or more of three areas: health, finances and domesticity. Former Prime Minister and Conservative […]

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Amy Schumer is probably an Enneagram Seven: the Enthusiast – quick-minded, improvising, outgoing, entertaining, idealistic, taboo-breaking, egalitarian, pleasure-seeking. She generates a tremendous output of material. Her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer features her stand-up act, sketches, interviews with people on the street, and longer interviews with people of interest (a phone sex operator, a […]

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“Spider-Man tells us that even heroes are human and can be hurt, and that you can be a superhero. Batman tells us this is a dark, terrible thing and you don’t want to do it. He says ‘I’m here to scare the hell out of you.’ Superman is here to say ‘This is as good […]

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Author and activist Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything is not so much about climate change, but about the ramifications of unregulated capitalism on climate change. Klein’s books and career have focussed exclusively on political and social issues. She’s a tireless worker. She never holds back from giving her opinion on the subjects she […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy swooped in from space and became the top grossing movie of 2014. And everyone particularly loved Groot – the tall, anthropomorphic tree, who I see as an Enneagram Nine. Type Nine is the Peacemaker. Nines are humble and self-effacing. They consider themselves to be nobody special, and act like it. They’re […]

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Bill Cosby has been typed as an Enneagram Two by many. The way he’s been responding to the flood of sexual abuse allegations that have been coming his way reveals a particular aspect of the shadow side of that type. Type Two is the Helper, the Giver, the Lover, the Special Friend. Twos are warm, […]

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Type Three on the Enneagram is the Achiever, the Performer, the Catch, the Best. Threes are ambitious and driven, ready and able to climb to the top of their chosen field (Arnold Schwarzennegger, Nora Ephron). They’re very image conscious, presenting a crafted version of themselves to the public to achieve a given goal (Madonna, Tom […]

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Heavy Metal seethes with power and aggression. And Metallica is the best known metal band there is. And front man James Hetfield has always been the chest-thumping-est powerhouse in all of rock – quite certainly an Enneagram Eight. Type Eight is the Challenger, the Rock, the Bear, the tough, fierce, independent type. Eights don’t take […]

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I’ve seen Carrie Fisher listed as a Six a number of times. A certain episode from her excellent and hilarious autobiographical book Shockaholic has a definite flavour of that type. Six is the Loyalist, the Defender, the Devil’s Advocate, the Doubter, the Questioner. Sixes’ minds run on overdrive a great deal of the time worrying […]

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Robin Williams’ suicide has stirred a tremendous outpouring of love and sadness from millions who’ve been entertained by him. He’s long been the poster-child of Ennea-type Seven – the Enthusiast – the high energy, gregarious, optimistic, fun loving life of the party. At their best Sevens brim with a radiant joy that touches on the divine, […]

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Sharon Van Etten is a heart-bleeding indie musician. I think she’s a great example of a Four. She’s open and candid about herself: “I have a hard time not wearing my heart on my sleeve and answering people honestly. You know, my friends warn me that I should be more guarded, cuz sometimes I am […]

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Leslie Knope – the Assistant Parks Commissioner of the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation – is a great example of a Social Two, with a Self Preservation Blind Spot. Two is the Helper, the caring, love-oriented type, who lives to please others. Twos suppress their own needs in […]

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Ron Swanson – the parks commissioner of the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation – is a great example of a Self-Prez Eight, with a Social Blind Spot. Eight is the Challenger, the tough, assertive, independent type. Eights have no tolerance for bullshit, and will call it out immediately. […]

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Sherlock – the BBC’s updated Sherlock Holmes reboot – is excellent. If you haven’t seen it, there are copious spoilers ahead. Major spoilers. Huge ones. Seriously. I give away some good shit. And the huge plot twists are a big part of what makes it so great. Watch the show. All three seasons. Then read […]

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There have been many interpretations of Batman since he first appeared in a comic in 1939, so there are portraits contrary to the one I’m about to paint, but I see him as an Enneagram Six - the Doubter, the Questioner, the Devil’s Advocate, the Loyalist. Sixes can be difficult to describe. Certain aspects make […]

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Pete Seeger died recently, and as my friend Patricia Shreenan pointed out at the Living the Enneagram Conference, not one bit of dirt has turned up about him in all of the media coverage of his life. I believe he was a shining example of an Enneagram One – the Reformer, the Crusader, the Idealist. […]

3 thoughts on “Enneagram Examples

  1. penny

    Hi TJ and Hi Linsday,
    I very much enjoyed your article on Pete Seeger as an exemplar of Type # 1. I found it to be clear, succinct and reflective of the Type # 1 qualities in the real man (as opposed to the idealized or theoretical). Thank you – we need more of this – and – we need more exemplars of Canadian figures too. I look forward to the next post. Good wishes always, Penny

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    1. TJ Dawe

      thanks Penny. If only I had the time to write and post about this all time – I don’t know that I’d ever run out of entries. I can’t seem to turn the mechanism off, recognizing the types as I watch TV shows, movies, listen to music, read novels, comics, read about historical figures, scientists. This is a rich vein to mine. And I hope to get more Canadian exemplars on there soon too.

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  2. Matt Lewis

    Hi you two! Keep up the good work, I have enjoyed many of these articles. I am looking forward to the Type Nine article, and let me know if you are doing any workshops in the Ottawa area.

    Matt

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