Summation of Enneagram Motivations

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    Type 9w1

    Summation of Enneagram Motivations

    I just wanted to make up a quick summation of the enneagram core motivations (because, to me, that's the basis of it all) and present it in a way that's easy to read and compare quickly between types.

    I have a feeling this may have been made before, but I didn't do a completely comprehensive search. This is from the enneagram institute pages and from Timeless' descriptions of the types.

    You can also find a summary here: The Enneagram is a model of nine worldviews and motivations

    Type One - “I will be secure if I'm perfect.”
    Type Two - “I will be secure if I'm loved, appreciated or respected.”
    Type Three - “I will be secure if I am successful.”
    Type Four - “I will be secure if I am unique.”
    Type Five - “I will be secure if I withdraw from harm.”
    Type Six - “I will be secure if I am always aware of danger.”
    Type Seven - “I will be secure if I can plan for the future.”
    Type Eight - “I will be secure if I can control the world around me.”
    Type Nine - “I will be secure if I have peace.”

    Heart Types

    Type 2
    Basic Fear: Of being unwanted, unworthy of being loved
    Basic Desire: To feel loved

    Key Motivations: Want to be loved, to express their feelings for others, to be needed and appreciated, to get others to respond to them, to vindicate their claims about themselves.

    Holy Idea: Freedom
    Vice: Vainglory
    Virtue: Altruism
    Basic Drive: To make their ideal image into a reality

    Type 3
    Basic Fear: Of being worthless
    Basic Desire: To feel valuable and worthwhile

    Key Motivations: Want to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves from others, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.

    Holy Idea: Hope
    Vice: Deceit
    Virtue: Truthfulness
    Basic Drive: To be successful

    Type 4
    Basic Fear: That they have no identity or personal significance
    Basic Desire: To find themselves and their significance (to create an identity)

    Key Motivations: Want to express themselves and their individuality, to create and surround themselves with beauty, to maintain certain moods and feelings, to withdraw to protect their self-image, to take care of emotional needs before attending to anything else, to attract a "rescuer."

    Holy Idea: Origin
    Vice: Envy
    Virtue: Equanimity (calmness and composure)
    Basic Drive: Isolation vs. Connection

    Head Types

    Type 5
    Basic Fear: Being useless, helpless, or incapable
    Basic Desire: To be capable and competent

    Key Motivations: Want to possess knowledge, to understand the environment, to have everything figured out as a way of defending the self from threats from the environment.

    Holy Idea: Omniscience
    Vice: Avarice
    Virtue: Detachment
    Basic Drive: Conservation of Resources

    Type 6
    Basic Fear: Of being without support and guidance
    Basic Desire: To have security and support

    Key Motivations: Want to have security, to feel supported by others, to have certitude and reassurance, to test the attitudes of others toward them, to fight against anxiety and insecurity.

    Holy Idea: Faith
    Vice: Fear
    Virtue: Courage
    Basic Drive: Survival

    Type 7
    Basic Fear: Of being deprived and in pain
    Basic Desire: To be satisfied and content—to have their needs fulfilled

    Key Motivations: Want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.

    Holy Idea: Planning
    Vice: Gluttony
    Virtue: Sobriety
    Basic Drive: Pleasure versus Pain

    Body Types

    Type 8
    Basic Fear: Of being harmed or controlled by others
    Basic Desire: To protect themselves (to be in control of their own life and destiny)

    Key Motivations: Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.

    Holy Idea: Innocence/Truth
    Vice: Lust
    Virtue: Magnamity
    Basic Drive: Survival (edit: since this is the same as a 6's drive, I'd suggest that the basic drive for an 8 is securing resources?)

    Type 9
    Basic Fear: Of loss and separation
    Basic Desire: To have inner stability "peace of mind"

    Key Motivations: Want to create harmony in their environment, to avoid conflicts and tension, to preserve things as they are, to resist whatever would upset or disturb them.

    Holy Idea: Love
    Vice: Indifference
    Virtue: Serenity
    Basic Drive: Peace

    Type 1
    Basic Fear: Of being corrupt/evil, defective
    Basic Desire: To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced

    Key Motivations: Want to be right, to strive higher and improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals, to justify themselves, to be beyond criticism so as not to be condemned by anyone.

    Holy Idea: Perfection
    Vice: Resentment
    Virtue: Right Action
    Basic Drive: To be incorruptible
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    This is going to require some thought. I identify with the fears for Type 2 (unwanted), Type 3 (worthless) and Type 9 (separate) but my default defense to combat all of those is that of Type 5 (withdraw). If I choose to hide then you can't ignore me, tease me, ridicule me, or hurt me.

    Thanks! I'll set me unconscious to work.

  3. #3
    Type 7w8

    Sorry, I can't really agree to the seven one. It sounds like I plan for the future all the time because something unexpected could happen and that would upset me. But in fact the planning thing is the goal, not the way. It let's me pour my energy and passion into an idea. I also don't think that "security" accurately describes what sevens want, if only for the usual connotations it carries. "Freedom" would be a lot more accurate, probably.
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