Enneagram Type 1 Characteristics
“It always seems impossible until its done”, Nelson Mandela
Their constant need is to improve things, make things better because things always never seem good enough to them.
Their focus on detail is impeccable – often finding fault and fixing even the smallest issues.
Helpers live to help others as far as their self worth is concerned. As long as they believe that they are in contribution to others, they feel they are worthwhile.
They are typically generous individuals and they believe that giving to other people is their highest calling as they believe that love is the most crucial emotion on the planet.
Enneagram Type 1 Characteristic – Idealist, Reformer, Judge, Crusader or Reviewer
Highly principled and never compromising, they obey the book and follow all the regulations or their code of conduct – they even expect others to do so as well. They also tend to be ambitious and to a point, like a workaholic.
These people are truly serious individuals whose pursuit for excellence are often a blessing and a vice to people around them – particularly when their main fixation of resentment appears. It’s no surprise that their holy idea is perfectness.
They are completely relentless at doing the important things right (often at the cost of doing the right thing).
Their greatest worry is to succumb to the corruptness or wicked wants of imperfection. Cutting corners or taking the dishonest way out is truly uncomfortable to them.
They want goodness, honesty and equilibrium – because they often think that being the good boy or good girl is the best way to go. Their most significant temptation is hypocrisy and hyper criticism.
Because humans are imperfect creatures, the continuous pressure on flawlessness will lead them to manifest their hypocrisy as they can not live to the high, lofty standards that they set for themselves and others.
Understanding the One Personality
They are also incredibly nit-picky because their biggest fear of being disheartened in others lead them to find fault with people’s character.
Their greatest vice is temper and they express it by stifling it (convinced that the good boy or good girl never snaps as it is ‘unrighteous’). Often, this catches them at the worst times and it leads to episodes of severe criticisms.
Enneagram type 1 personalities have a very precise system for everything, even the basic and routine elements of day-to-day life. Essentially they know what needs to be done and they know exactly how it should be done.
However, the type one’s are at their best when they learn how to take the imperfections of themselves and other people in order to take the appropriate action.
Type ones with a wing of nine are often more peace-loving with a subtle detached attitude while ones with a wing of two are generally warmer and has humanistic propensities and sometimes extremely self-righteous tendencies.
Type 1 Examples:
- George Lucas
- Ron Howard
- Gary Cooper
- Jimmy Stewart
- Audrey Hepburn
- Sophia Loren
- Kevin Costner