Your primary type is One. In this section, we’ll dive deep into the One profile to understand how it drives your core emotions, fears, and desires, as well as how it impacts you in relationships and at work.
In a Nutshell
Ones are defined by their belief that everything must be in order, and by their feeling that they must always be “right.” They show great commitment and determination to improve conditions that they find need improvement, and they are forward in encouraging others to improve their performance, too.
At their core, Ones are the “model children” of the Enneagram world—dutiful, responsible and perfection-seeking. At the same time, they are idealists, in the sense that they believe they know exactly how to perfect the world and they wonder why others do not see it. Many Ones proselytize about the one true set of rules; the one true course of action; or how things “ought” to be. They are often drawn to positions of teaching, advocacy or inspirational leadership where they can share their vision and seek to reform the world. As teachers, they are creative, exemplary and motivating.
Each of the nine types of the Enneagram has its own driving force, which is centered around a particular emotion. Some types experience strong emotions, while other types aim to avoid emotions in one form or another. However, whether running from emotions or diving into them, each type describes some aspect of emotional experience.
Here, we’ll look at a brief description of each of the nine types, as well as your scores for each of them.
I don’t fully agree with the broad statements attached to some of the Type descriptions (which is to be expected with this type of personality test). Nonetheless, I thought it’d be beneficial for me to clarify some of the findings and make it more personable.
Type 1 (98%)
While I agree that I’m something of a perfectionist and a stickler for detail, this is only in the context of doing things the most efficient way. While following rules and systems is important, this should not create restrictions on creativity and/or finding better ways to work (“we’ve always done it this way” is one of the most harmful statements a business leader can make).
Type 2 (81%)
Yes, I like to find ways to be helpful to others, but I don’t agree that the motivation behind that is so that I can “be loved and belong“. Helping people is important. And while it is nice to be liked by others, that alone should not dictate a person’s actions.
Type 3 (97%)
Again, I don’t fully agree with this assessment. I do want to be successful – I think business owners who do not are most likely doomed. But once again, the motivation is not to be “admired by other people” and I would argue quite strongly that I’m not particularly conscious of my public image at all.
Type 7 (71%)
I would suggest that I seek out adventure and excitement in so far that I like to be creative in my work. Brainstorming and implementing a creative marketing campaign is what I would consider to be exciting. I’m no skydiver.
Type 8 (81%)
If I feel there is an optimal way to do something, then it can take a lot of convincing for me to switch to an alternative (unless overwhelming proof is provided, of course). But that’s not to say I’m confrontational or demanding about such matters. I think it’s important to remain open-minded when it comes to finding new and better ways to work.
Type 9 (75%)
I am happy to take a back seat and allow others to lead/control where they have more knowledge, skills and/or experience, but I feel I’m more than capable of taking on those responsibilities if the situation requires it.
*I didn’t think it pertinent to make comments on the remaining types