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Enneagram Type 1 (Idealist and Perfectionist) Motivations, Fears and Growth Tips

Enneagram Type 1 is one of the nine personalities belonging to the Enneagram of Personality. The Enneagram Type 1 consists of people who have perfectionist tendencies, a strong sense of responsibility, and firm ethics. Type 1s have the moniker of the Perfectionist, the Idealist, or the Reformer due to their traits.

Enneagram Type 1: The Idealist and The Perfectionist

The Type 1 personality and the Enneagram typology derive from the works of Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo and Chilean psychologist Claudio Naranjo. Naranjo outlined fundamental Enneagram ideas inspired by Ichazo in his book, Character and Neurosis. Naranjo’s approach focuses on personality typing systems’ philosophical and psychological applications. Ichazo formed the theory of protoanalysis and ego types to describe nine unique archetypes human personality aligns with. The protoanalysis and ego-types were one of the original forms of the Enneagram typology. The modern Enneagram model and its nine types diverge from Ichazo and Naranjo’s original theories. The modern Enneagram addresses the individual strengths, weaknesses, struggles, growth and stress lines, wing types, levels of development, and basic fears and desires of each Enneatype.

The Perfectionist’s main strengths include purposefulness, high standards, a great eye for detail, responsibility, and leading by example. The due diligence Perfectionist types take to fulfill their obligation and uphold their ethics characterize the Enneatype. Type 1s exhibit fundamental weakness through their perfectionist tendencies, criticism, dogmatic thinking, and self-righteousness. Perfectionists’ ethics sometimes leads them to moralize and preach to others what’s right and wrong.

Enneagram Ones demonstrate different characteristics depending on their wing type. Enneagram wings refer to an Enneatype’s neighboring personalities. Ones either have a Type 2 wing (1w2) or a Type 9 wing (1w9), but their fundamental characteristics remain the same. 1w2 personalities are sensitive, empathetic personalities who want to support and give back to their communities. 1w9 people are more reserved, laid back, and focused on internal harmony.

Enneagram Type 1s also have several fundamental motivations, fears, and desires unique to their personality type. For example, Type 1s are motivated by being in the right and honorable in discussions because of their strong vision of right and wrong. Perfectionists consequently fear being wrong or corrupt and desire to be flawless.

Enneagram 1’s struggles stem from their fears and desires. Type 1s have unrealistic expectations of themselves and take on too many responsibilities because they want to be perfect. Perfectionist types additionally struggle with never feeling good enough, which leads to criticism of themselves and others.

All Enneagram personality types are all capable of growth according to the Enneagram’s typology. Type 1s exhibit a growth line to Enneagram Type 7, which means they exhibit Type 7 traits while in a state of self-improvement. Enneagram Type 1s grow by grounding themselves in reality, acknowledging their imperfections, and distancing themselves from their inner critic.

Type 1s additionally demonstrate healthy, average, and unhealthy levels of development. Levels of development define the behaviors and attitudes Enneagram types experience depending on their current state of consciousness, self-image, and ego. Healthy Type 1s are grounded and self-accepting. Average Type 1s have a stronger attachment to their self-image and a balance of positive and negative traits. Unhealthy Types 1 are their lowest, displaying hypocritical and self-righteous tendencies.

Idealist types are somewhat common according to Enneagram Population Distribution, compromising 8.9% of the general population. Famous examples of Type 1s in society include former German chancellor Angela Merkel, American businessman Warren Buffett, and Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins. All three celebrities display the ethical, hard-working, and perfectionistic nature of Enneagram Type 1s.

Enneagram Type 1s across society tend to gravitate towards occupations in social work, education, the justice system, clergy, and conservation. Type 1s have direct social skills, so they prefer careers where they’re able to stay in control and help others. Idealist types also have a strong sense of justice, which compels them to pursue occupations that align with their careers like teaching or conservation.

What are the motivations of Enneagram Type 1?

Below is a list of the core motivations of Enneagram Type 1.

  • Being Honorable: Type 1s are highly ethical people. As a result, Type 1s are motivated by doing the right thing and acting honorably.
  • Being righteous: Type 1s tend to believe they’re in the right in any argument or discussion due to their hypothetical, moralistic, and perfectionistic ways. People with an Enneatype 1 personality are consequently motivated by being in the right.
  • Being beyond reproach: Type 1s do not take criticism well because they hold such high standards and fear appearing imperfect. Therefore, Perfectionists strive to be beyond any form of criticism.
  • Self-improvement: Perfectionist types always strive for something better internally or externally. Type 1s’ desire for self-improvement is derived from their fear of being bad, driving them to push themselves.

The motivations of Enneagram Type 1s are different from Enneatypes because they’re rooted in a strong desire for integrity and justice. The morals and high standards of healthy Perfectionist types push them to be advocates and defenders of justice. Conversely, unhealthy Perfectionists are consumed by their high sense of morality, which leads them to be self-righteous and intolerable.

What are the basic fears for Enneagram Type 1?

Below is a list of the basic fears for the Enneagram Type 1 personality.

  • Being bad: One of the greatest weaknesses of the Perfection Enneagram type is their self-criticism. The weakness causes Type 1s to fear appearing bad or flawed in the eyes of others (particularly those who rely on them.)
  • Being in the wrong: Type 1s similarly fear being in the wrong as they fear appearing flawed. Ones value ethics, so falling onto the wrong side of an argument or a problem puts their beliefs into question.
  • Being out of control: Ones are disciplined individuals who work very hard, so acting or feeling out of control derails their strengths and causes internal panic.
  • Being corruptible: Enneagram Type 1 is amongst the most moral and ethical Enneatypes. Type 1s value their moral center, so the thought of being corruptible causes fear and anxiety.

The basic fears of Enneatype 1 are different from other Enneagram personalities because the fears highlight their highly moral characteristics. Healthy Perfectionist Enneatypes display a strong sense of self-discipline, so their fears reflect the standards to which they hold themselves. Likewise, the fears of unhealthy Type 1s lend to their self-righteous and dogmatic traits as they fight to not appear flawed, bad, or corruptible.

How does the Enneagram figure explain Enneagram Type 1?

The Enneagram figure explains Enneagram Type 1 by using four notable concepts.

The first concept is the nine-pointed enneagram model. The model represents the nine Enneagrams, which are nine personality types consisting of distinct motivations, desires, and fears. Enneagram Type 1 lies between the Enneatype 9 and Enneatype 2 points on the model. The second concept is Enneagram wings. The Enneagram wings refer to the neighboring enneatypes on the model. Type 1s either exhibit traits of its neighboring Enneatype 2 or Enneatype 9 personality, highlighting the fluidity of the Enneagram model. Therefore, Idealists with Type 2 traits have 1w2 personalities, while Idealists with Type 9 traits have 1w9 personalities. The third concept the Enneagram uses relates to Enneatype 1’s ego. The Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo’s original enneagram model (Ego-types) attaches nine distinct egos or conscious selves to the nine personality types. According to Ichazo, Enneatype 1’s ego is ego-resent. The ego-resent refers to the Perfectionist’s self-image and the resentment they feel toward others and themselves due to their perfectionism. Some depictions of the Enneagram figure display the ego types.

The table below describes Enneagram Type 1’s ego type and its attributed fixation, motivation, fear, role, trap, and virtues.

Enneatype Motivation Fear Characteristic Role Trap Ego Fixation
Enneagram Type 1 Being honorable Criticism Being perfect Perfection Resentment

The fourth and final concept the Enneagram uses to explain the Idealist personalities is through growth and stress lines. Both the wings and the qualities listed in the table above describe meaningful attributes unique to Enneagram Type 1. Growth and stress are additional important concepts because the lines denote the behaviors Type 1s exhibit during times of growth (integration) or stress (disintegration). Each Enneagram has one growth line and one stress line. The Enneagram Type 1’s growth line links to Enneagram 7, so they take on Type 7 qualities. Meanwhile, Enneagram Type 1’s stress line links to Enneagram 4, meaning Idealists develop the unhealthy traits of Fours.

What is the characteristic role of Enneagram Type 1?

The characteristic role of Enneagram Type 1 is that of the Perfectionist, the Idealist, or the Reformer. The Enneagram figure groups traits, values, motivations, and fears into one of nine archetypes. Therefore, the Enneagram Type 1’s role represents people who are highly moral, maintain high standards, and strive for a better world. Enneagram 1 is consequently called the Perfectionist.

A real-world example of the Perfectionist’s role in the Enneagram is Angela Merkel. The former German chancellor exemplifies Enneatype 1’s self-discipline and rigid values, particularly in what Merkle perceives as injustices or corruption. Other Enneatypes exhibit strong morals and high standards, but Enneagram Type 1 is different because they define their motivations by their desire for justice, perfection, and integrity.

What is the ego fixation of Enneagram Type 1?

The ego fixation of Enneagram Type 1 is resentment. Type 1s develop resentment because they fixate on perfection and doing the right thing. Type 1s consequently feel internally frustrated because they and those around them can’t meet the One’s exceptionally high expectations.

Ego fixation refers to Oscar Ichazo’s original conception of the Enneagram in his theory of photo analysis. Ichazo utilized fixations to describe the nine distinct ways people begin to fixate early in life. In the case of Ones, Ichazo’s theory asserts that Ones began to fixate on perfectionism and morality early in life, subsequently developing a personality around their fixation. One’s ego fixation is different from Enneatypes because theirs leads to resentment, which affects their self-image.

What is the trap for Enneagram Type 1?

Perfection is the trap for Enneagram Type 1s. Idealist types expect and demand perfection from themselves and others due to their feelings of resentment. As children, Idealists fixate on doing the right thing so they constantly strive to be flawless and irreproachable. Working towards perfection appears to be the way to escape their ego fixation of resentment, but Type 1s only fall deeper into the ego fixation because obtaining perfection is impossible—leading to deeper and stronger feelings of resentment.

The ego trap of Enneatype 1s differs from other Enneatypes because striving for perfectionistic tendencies largely defines Type 1s. Meanwhile, the other Enneagrams have distinct ego traps beyond perfection.

What tempts Enneagram Type 1?

Enneagram Type 1s are tempted by unrealistic and fantastical ideas that defy their self-discipline. Each Enneatype has unique temptations, but all resonate from the impulses of their unconscious id. Enneagram 1’s id envisions idyllic worlds where Ones indulge in their desires, even if it means shirking their responsibilities or advocacy. Enneagram Type 1’s ego is centered on being perfect and upholding ethics, so succumbing to their temptations stirs up feelings of shame. Type 1s who give in to their temptations also fear being seen as corrupt, flawed, or reproachable—all of which are basic fears of the Enneatype.

What are the virtues of Enneagram Type 1?

Serenity is the virtue of Enneagram Type 1s. Ones gain the virtue of serenity once they accept that perfection is impossible. Serene Type 1s respect the reality of situations and do not demand unattainable standards the same way unhealthy Type 1s might.

The term virtues does not refer to Perfectionist’s positive traits, but rather the mindset or philosophy they take on once they come to terms with reality. Virtues are part of Oscar Ichazo’s protoanalysis theory and ego-types enneagram model, serving the ego fixation and trap concepts. Virtues are consequently unique to every Enneagram personality.

How does Enneagram Type 1 integrate others?

Enneagram Type 1 integrates with Enneagram Type 7 according to the Perfectionist’s growth line. Integration is another term for Enneagram growth lines. The line denotes the way Type 1s develop and behave during healthy periods of their time. As they connect to Enneagram Type 7, Perfectionists in growth resonate with the healthy traits of the Enthusiast personality. Type 1s in growth are more flexible, self-accepting, and less critical of themselves and the world around them. Type 1s in growth retain their fundamental characteristics, motivations, and fears but exhibit a healthier, more outgoing self-image. In addition, all Enneatypes grow in different ways and display positive, healthy traits according to their integration line. However, Enneagram Type 1 and the other Enneatypes do not change their core personality.

What are the scientists’ opinions on Enneagram Type 1?

Two notable researchers have shared their opinions on Enneagram Type 1. The first researcher is Dr. Beatrice Chestnut, a psychotherapist. Chestnut builds off the initial theories of Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo. For example, Chestnut addresses Naranjo’s use of the enneagram for philosophical and psychological applications in her book, The Complete Enneagram. Dr. Beatrice Chestnut writes that the Enneagram Type 1 tends to suppress their impulses, labeling urges like anger or running away as “wrong.” Chestnut’s assessment corresponds to the Perfectionist’s innate fear of appearing wrong or out of control.

The second researcher is Miles Matise, a Ph.D. in counselor education and faculty member at Walden University. Matise examined the Enneagram and its applications in his research paper, The Enneagram: An Innovative Approach. Matise describes the Type 1 personalities as self-controlled and reliant but rigid and resentful while under stress. Matise’s descriptions align the Type 1’s ego-fixation of resentment and trap of perfection, both of which lead to a rigid and self-controlled character.

What are the wings of Enneagram Type 1?

Below is a list of the wings of the Enneagram Type 1 personality.

  • Enneagram 1w9: Idealists who resonate with the neighboring Enneagram Type 9 personality have Enneagram 1w9 personalities. 1w9s are relaxed yet forward-thinking and open to change due to Enneagram 9’s peacemaking tendencies.
  • Enneagram 1w2: Idealists who resonate with Enneagram Type 2 have Enneagram 1w2 personalities. 1w2s are deeply compassionate due to the Enneagram Type 2’s caring side. 1w2 channel their self-discipline and perfectionism into humanistic and uplifting their loved ones.

1. Enneagram 1w9

Enneagram 1w9 refers to Enneagram Type 1 wing Enneagram Type 9. People with a 1w9 personality have their core personality in Enneagram 1 but display traits of Enneagram 9. 1w9s tend to be more laid back, reserved, and calm due to the Enneagram Peacemaker’s influence. 1w9s are also preoccupied with new ideas and listening to others. To add, people with a 9 Enneagram prefer to spend time alone, working on their internal harmony.

Enneagram 1w9 is created by relating Enneagram Type 1 to its neighboring Enneatype 9 personality. Wings differ from lines because 1w9s consistently exhibit type 9 traits rather than only during times of integration or disintegration.

The Perfectionist’s other wing is Enneagram 2. Both retain the fundamental traits and motivations of Enneagram 1 but exhibit two distinct differences. Firstly, Nines are peacemakers. Therefore, 1w9s focus on cultivating harmony and understanding others. Secondly, Twos are givers. Therefore, 1w2s focus more on taking care of and prioritizing others’ needs.

2. Enneagram 1w2

Enneagram 1w2 describes the Enneagram Type 1 wing Enneagram Type 2 personality. Idealists with 1w2 personalities are more sensitive, principled, and caring thanks to the Giver’s innate empathy. 1w2s spend their time helping others and giving back to their community in some way. 1w2s also like to channel their 2-wing into advocacy and justice.

The Enneagram 1w2 is created by combining the Enneatype 1 and Enneatype 2 personalities, much like the 1w9 personalities. Those with 2-wing stand out from other Enneatype because they’re warm and have stronger emotional intelligence but retain their core traits.

The Enneagram 1w2 personality is the counterpart to Enneagram 1w9. The two wing types feature the same traits and motivations of the Perfectionist, but 1w2s dedicate themselves to taking more responsibilities and caring for others. Conversely, 1w9s prioritize their internal peace and create harmony between others.

What are the healthy, average, and unhealthy levels of Enneagram Type 1?

The healthy, average, and unhealthy levels of Enneagram Type 1 refer to the Levels of Development specific to every Enneatype. The Levels of Development were developed by Don Riso and Russ Hudson to define how Enneatypes behave and think depending on their state of consciousness, self-image, and ego. Type Levels are not static; healthy traits may degrade to average or unhealthy levels or vice versa as Enneatype go through life.

Below is a list of the healthy, average, and unhealthy levels of Enneagram Type 1 and their definitions.

  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 1: The topmost Level 1 describes Type 1s who’ve let go of their self-image. Idealists at Level 1 are wise, objective, and accepting of reality. Level 1 is a healthy level.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 2: A Perfectionist at Level 2 is still attached to their self-image but is notably more objective and open-minded than lower levels. Level 2 is a healthy level of development.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 3: The third level belongs to principled, ethical Enneagram Ones. Level 3 Ones are sometimes clouded by their ethics because their self-image and ego are stronger. Level 3 is the lowermost healthy level of development.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 4: Perfectionists at Level 4 strive to do the right thing and be advocates. However, Type 1’s inner critic and self-image sometimes lead them to appear judgmental and exacting. Level 4 is the topmost average level of development.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 5: The fifth level of development for Level 5s represents a tentative balance. Level 5 Type 1s are intense and hard-working but inflexible and defensive because they fear appearing flawed. Level 5 is an average level.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 6: Ones at Level 6 are showing more distinct signals of unhealthy traits but retain their integrity. Level 6 Type 1s are overcompensating for repressed resentment, which leads to judgmental and abrasive behavior. Level 6 is the lowermost average level of development.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 7: Idealists at Level 7 have a self-destructive self-image and a dogmatic mindset, both of which are driven by their inner critic. Level 7 Type 1s view themselves as victims and refuse to accept criticism. Level 7 is the topmost unhealthy level of development.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 8: The eighth level for Enneagram Type 1 represents those in an emotional crisis. Level 8 Perfectionists fixate on perfection, need control, and act hypocritically. Level 8 is an unhealthy level.
  • Enneagram Type 1 Level 9: The lowest level of development describes the extremes of the Enneatype 1 personality. Level 9s are in complete contradiction to their ethics and exhibit mental illness or other issues. Level 9 is the unhealthiest.

How is a healthy Enneagram Type 1?

A healthy Enneagram Type 1 exemplifies the best qualities of the Idealistic Enneatype by being grounded in reality. Healthy Enneagram type 1 levels include Enneagram Type 1 Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Healthy Ones stay true to their personal integrity and always strive to do what’s right. That said, healthy Ones also accept that not everything is black and white and that dogmatic thinking isn’t helpful. Through a greater sense of acceptance, healthy Idealists are less perfectionistic. Healthy Enneagram 1s consequently achieve their goals more effectively because they’re less critical of themselves, more accepting of others’ mistakes, and capable of relaxing.

1. Enneagram Type 1 Level 1 analysis

An analysis of Enneagram Type 1 Level 1 shows Ones at the topmost level are at their best. Level 1 Perfectionists have let go of their self-image and ego, viewing life through a more objective lens. Specific features of Perfectionists at level 1 include wisdom, realism, acceptance, and an unshakable (albeit healthy) sense of integrity. The Enneagram Type 1 Level 1 is particularly healthy because Perfectionists at this level no longer believe their opinions on right and wrong are absolute. Furthermore, Level 1 Perfectionists accept life for what it is but continue to fight for justice and uphold their ethics.

The Levels of Development are not static, which means Perfectionists at Level 1 swing to down to Level 2 or lower at any time. To add, Levels of Development highlight the fluidity of personality between people with the same Enneatype. For example, Level 1 Perfectionists fall to Level 2 if they become somewhat preoccupied with their self-image but remain within healthy levels as they’re still objective, accepting, and discerning.

2. Enneagram Type 1 Level 2 analysis

An Enneagram Type 1 Level 2 analysis highlights Perfectionists at healthy levels. Level 2 Ones have not fully let go of their self-image, but they’re objective of their personhood and work to maintain their integrity. Level 2 Perfectionist features include a more moderate mindset, rational thinking, and strong self-control. At level 2 Perfectionists deeply believe in their views of justice and morality but refrain from being overbearing or self-righteous. Doing so defines Level 2 Perfectionists as healthy Enneatypes. To add, Type 1s at a Level 2 development grow to Level 1 if they learn to let go of their ego entirely and fall to Level 3 if they become somewhat more attached.

3. Enneagram Type 1 Level 3 analysis

An Enneagram Type 1 Level 3 analysis showcases Perfectionists at the lowermost levels of healthy development. Level 3 Type 1s define themselves by their principles and fair thinking, even if their self-image clouds their judgment sometimes. Perfectionist Enneatypes at Level 3 have a stronger connection to their self-image and ego fixation than Level 1 or Level 2. However, Level 3s remain objective and considerate of their personal failings. As a result, Type 1s at Level 3 are within healthy ranges of development. Level 3 Perfectionists grow to Level 2 if they continue to work on their objectivity and conscientiousness. Conversely, Level 3 Perfectionists grow to an average Level 4 if they focus on obtaining perfection.

How do Enneagram Type Ones react to stress?

Enneagram Type 1s react to stress by taking on the unhealthy traits of Enneagram Type 4. Perfectionists’ disintegration (stress) line flows to Enneatype 4. The stress line does not change the Perfectionist’s personality. The line instead exemplifies how Enneatype 1s under stress benign to look more inwardly, like the Enneagram 4 personality. Stressed-out Ones begin to act and think more judgmentally, their ego fixation and self-criticism leading to stronger feelings of resentment. Ones under stress consequently begin to look for an escape route or seem out of control, which is a major fear for the Enneatype.

Healthy Enneagram Type 1s react to stress more proactively than unhealthy Type 1s. Healthy Perfectionists are more objective and reasonable, which enables them to be kinder to themselves and ask for help if they need it. In contrast, unhealthy ones refuse to be seen as fallible, so they won’t ask for help, lash out at others, and fantasize about escaping to cope with stress.

How is an Unhealthy Enneagram Type 1?

An unhealthy Enneagram Type 1 exemplifies the negative traits of the Perfectionist personality because they’re consumed by a need for control. The unhealthy levels of the Perfectionist Enneatype are Enneagram Type 1 Level 7, Level 8, and Level 9. Common signals of an unhealthy Enneagram Type 1 person include highly dogmatic thinking, extreme perfectionistic tendencies, and acting judgmental yet incapable of taking criticism.

Unhealthy Ones are unhealthy because they’re hypocrites who try to control others. For example, a Perfectionist at level 8 is constantly justifying themselves to others, despite not practicing what they preach. Unhealthy ones also have a lot of unaddressed anger due to their ego fixation of resentment. As a result, Ones with unhealthy traits sometimes act or speak cruelly and tend to obsess over perfection.

Unhealthy ones become healthier by actively working on themselves and addressing their internal struggles. Perfectionists struggling with unhealthy and hyper-critical thinking should speak out to a friend or professional, then dedicate themselves to realistic self-improvement.

1. Enneagram Type 1 Level 7 analysis

The Enneagram Type 1 Level 7 analysis describes Perfectionists who are more prone to hypocrisy than integrity. Level 7 Ones have a strong inner critic that sometimes compels them to act against their ethics. Level 7s consequently develop a self-righteous, dogmatic mindset where they criticize others but refuse to accept any personal critiques. At level 7, Ones are unhealthy because they see themselves as victims and go out of their way to justify their hypocrisy. As a result, Level 7 Perfectionists have a strong hold on their ego fixation and fall into the trap of perfection consistently. Type 1s on Level 7 develop to Level 6 if they begin to recognize their self-victimization. Conversely, Level 7 Types 1 degrade to Level 8 if they grow more resentful and critical.

2. Enneagram Type 1 Level 8 analysis

An Enneagram Type 1 Level 8 analysis highlights Perfectionist types who are struggling mentally and emotionally. Level 8 Ones deeply fixate on perfection because they believe obtaining impossible standards is the solution to their problems. Level 8s’ have a strong inner critic that leads to the development of atypical features like impulsivity or obsessive thinking. We categorize Type 1s at Level 8 as unhealthy because they lash out at and resent others for not being perfect—all while deflecting or wanting to escape from any personal responsibilities. Level 8 Perfectionists descend to Level 9 under extreme circumstances (e.g., degrading mental health) or elevate to Level 8 if they victimize themselves less.

3. Enneagram Type 1 Level 9 analysis

An analysis of the Enneagram Type 1 Level 9 exemplifies the extremes of the Perfectionist or Idealist Enneatype. The Enneagram is not a diagnostic tool but a Level 9 development that describes Type 1s who are in crisis. Level 9 Types 1 are unhealthy because they obsess over right and wrong, contradict their beliefs, and feel deeply resentful of the world around them and themselves. Level 9 Perfectionists contradict their high morals and exhibit greater issues, like mental illness. Therefore, Enneagram 1s at Level 9 should seek out professional help and work on their self-image to elevate to Level 8.

What are the average Enneagram Type 1 levels?

The average Enneagram Type 1 levels are Enneagram Type 1 Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6. Average Ones represent a middle ground between healthy and unhealthy types. Average Type 1s become healthy if they work on their inner critic and put less pressure on themselves. For example, Idealists who align with the average Level 4 feel obligated to do the right thing and push themselves because they’re unhappy with situations. Average Ones consequently fixate on imperfections and sometimes act critically or dogmatically. The tendencies of average Idealists are sometimes unhealthy, but average Ones also recognize that their judgmental thinking isn’t always right. Through this recognition, average Idealists work towards healthy levels.

One way an average Idealist develops healthier levels is by actively working on their internal criticism. Accepting reality for what it is and that everyone makes mistakes is vital to combating the average Idealist’s inner critic. Other ways average Ones may rise to a healthy level is by relying on others and seeing life as shades of gray rather than dogmatically.

1. Enneagram Type 1 Level 4 analysis

Our analysis of Enneagram Type 1 Level 4 defines Perfectionist types who are more dependent on their self-image than healthy Type 1s. Level 4 Type 1s want to do the right thing and act with integrity. However, the Perfectionist’s self-image and inner critic cloud their perspective. Level 4s have strengths such as practicality, diligence, and dependability but weaknesses like less self-defensiveness and perfectionism. Ones at Level 4 sometimes come across as judgmental and preachy but also recognize their faults. As a result, Level 4 Type 1s are at average levels of development.

Perfectionists who tend to exist on average levels like Level 4 degrade to Level 5 or Level 6 if they continue to expect perfection from others. Conversely, Ones at Level 4 grow to a healthy Level 3 or higher by becoming less attached to their inner critic.

2. Enneagram Type 1 Level 5 analysis

An analysis of Enneagram Type 1 Level 5 represents a tentative balance between positive and negative Idealist tendencies. Ones at Level 5 strive to control their interpersonal connections because they fear being seen as flawed or corruptible. Level 5s consequently behave more intensely due to a greater attachment to their self-image and ego fixation. Ones at Level 5 have strengths like being dependable and hard-working but weaknesses like inflexibility and self-righteousness. Level 5 Type 1s are at an average range of development because of their mixed strengths and weaknesses.

Level 5 Types 1 degrade to a lower level 6 or unhealthy levels if their fears overtake their self-image. Type 1s consequently develop a need for control and assert their morals onto others. To combat unhealthier levels, Idealists at Level 5 grow to Level 4 or healthier if they stay true to their morals, demand less from others, and bolster their self-image.

3. Enneagram Type 1 Level 6 analysis

An analysis of Enneagram Type 1 Level 6 exemplifies Perfectionists who overcompensate for repressed emotions and needs. Enneagram Type s frequently strive for perfection but restrict themselves in the process. As a result, Type 1s at Level 6 have strong unrecognized feelings like resentment that manifest through hypercritical speaking and thinking. The opinions and morals of Type 1s at Level 6 overwhelm their integrity, causing Type 1s to be abrasive, preach at others, and expect perfection. That said, Level 6s reside on an average level because they’re capable of recognizing their actions.

Level 6 Perfectionists exist on the lowest average level. Level 6 Ones degrade to unhealthy levels if they do not work on their repressed emotions. Opening up emotionally and no longer moralizing or preaching their ethics help elevate them to higher average or healthy levels.

How to recognize an Enneagram Type 1?

The steps below detail how to recognize an Enneagram Type 1.

  1. Dependability: The first trait you should look out for is dependability. Type 1s tend to take their responsibilities seriously, sometimes even going beyond and above the call of duty.
  2. Hard-working: The second recognizable characteristic is a hard-working nature. People with an Enneagram 1 personality work diligently because they fear being imperfect and making mistakes.
  3. Rule-abiding: The third trait to look for you is Enneagram 1’s rule-abiding mindset. Type 1s’ penchant for practicality and due diligence motivates them to follow the rules.
  4. High standards: The fourth trait others recognize in Enneatype 1s is high standards. Type 1s maintain high standards because of their hard-working nature and how their self-image tends to fixate on perfection. Average and unhealthy Type 1s particularly strive for high standards because they have a strong attachment to their self-image.
  5. Self-righteousness: The fifth and final trait to recognize in Perfectionists is their self-righteousness. Average and unhealthy Type 1s are prone to dogmatic thinking because they’re fearful of criticism and being in the wrong. As a result, Type 1s preach their morals to others and sometimes deflect others’ critiques.

The list of traits above is key to recognizing Enneagram Type 1s because the traits correspond to the Perfectionist’s basic fears, motivations, and desires. All Type 1s are different but fears, motivations, and desires help categorize the Enneagram Type 1. Ones have diverting traits depending on their wing, level of development, or growth and stress line. However, Ones continue to display the traits listed above because they manifest as part of their core fears and desires.

Who are the famous Enneagram Type 1 people?

Below is a list of famous people with an Enneagram Type 1 personality.

  • Emma Watson: Emma Watson is a British actress who exhibits a 1w2 personality due to her hard-working nature and innate sense of empathy. Watson displays her dominant Idealist personality through her dedication to film. Meanwhile, her 2-wing is evident in her philanthropic efforts, particularly those concerning gender equality.
  • Angela Merkel: Angela Merkel is the former German chancellor and Enneagram Type 1 with a Type 2 wing. Merkel’s high standards, self-discipline, and innate integrity correspond to an Enneagram Type 1 personality.
  • Morgan Freeman: Morgan Freeman is an American actor with a 1w2 personality. We see Freeman’s Enneatype traits through his diligent work ethic and practical approach to acting, narrating, and directing. Freeman’s Type 2 wing manifests through his warm and empathic presence.
  • Warren Buffet: Warren Buffet is an American businessman and billionaire who demonstrates an Enneagram 1w9 personality. Buffet has dedicated his life to excel at business, which is indicative of Enneatype 1’s high standards. Buffett also serves as a trusted voice in business, highlighting his 9-wing’s preoccupation with creating and sharing new ideas with others.
  • Anthony Hopkins: Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor with a 1w9 personality. Hopkins’ Enneagram Type 1 personality is apparent in his exacting and sometimes perfectionistic work ethic. Hopkins also displays the 9-wing’s contemplative, reserved side through his innate introversion and solitary hobbies of painting and composing.

What are the best occupations for Enneagram Type 1 people?

Below is a list of the best occupations for Enneagram Type 1 people.

  • Social worker: Social work is a great career path for Enneagram Type 1s because of their high standards and moral integrity. Social worker Type 1s support those in need and ensure that everyone under their care is fairly treated.
  • Teacher: Education-related occupations like teaching are ideal for Type 1s because they’re disciplined, practical, and organized. Managing syllabuses and keeping students under control are areas where Perfectionists excel due to their traits.
  • Judge: An occupation as a judge is best for Perfectionists because they have a strong sense of right and wrong. Coupled with a diligent and hard-working nature, Type 1s as judges exact justice ethically and fairly.
  • Clergyperson: Clergyperson is a great occupation for Type 1s because it provides them with a purpose that aligns with their morals. Type 1s are not inherently religious, but some find that religious work satisfies their morals and innate desire to do the right thing.
  • Conservationist: Type 1s are idealists at heart and therefore drawn to activism occupations like conservation. A conservationist is an ideal occupation because it allows Idealist types to advocate for those in need, follow their morals, and work hard.

What are the growth tips for Enneagram Type 1?

Below is a list of growth tips for Enneagram Type 1s.

  • Ground yourself: Type 1s have the ego fixation of resentment, which creates a lot of repressed negative emotions. Idealists ground themselves by taking deep breaths and assessing their emotional state. Doing so helps Type 1s address their resentment and how it’s affecting their current situation.
  • Acknowledge imperfections: The ego fixation, trap, and fears of Enneagram Type 1 compel them to strive for perfection. Type 1s grow if they acknowledge that their and others’ imperfections are acceptable and that it’s impossible to never make mistakes.
  • Acknowledge your inner critic: Enneagram Type 1s have a strong inner critic because they fear being out of control or corruptible. Type 1s combat their inner critic by overworking themselves, which sometimes leads to burnout. Idealists grow by acknowledging their inner critic when it is at its strongest and vocalizing how internal thoughts have no real-world repercussions unless they allow them to.
  • Accept reality for what it is: Perfectionists reach their virtue of serenity by understanding that not everything is within their control. Doing so helps Enneagram Type 1s grow. Type 1s accept reality by no longer trying to fix every problem they encounter and allowing some things to be imperfect, incomplete, or broken.
  • Share your workload: People with an Enneagram Type 1 personality have a strong sense of responsibility, so they sometimes take on a larger workload than they should. Type 1s grow by asking for others to help, taking breaks, and sharing their workload before it becomes too overwhelming.

How do Enneagram Type 1 people motivate themselves?

Enneagram Type 1 people motivate themselves through their innate sense of justice and desire for self-improvement. It is easy to motivate Enneagram Type 1 people because they take their responsibilities seriously and always want to do the right thing. As a result, Type 1s work very hard. However, Enneagram Type 1 people overwork themselves and listen to their inner critic in order to attain self-improvement. Type 1s also strive for perfection. Although Type 1s cultivate self-motivation easily, they do not regulate themselves healthily because they have high standards and want to be irreproachable.

What are the strengths of Enneagram Type 1 for business?

The list below defines the strengths of Enneagram Type 1s for business.

  • Purposefulness: Enneagram Type 1s apply their ethical and practical thinking skills to business by always having a clear sense of purpose. As a result, Perfectionists take quick and decisive actions.
  • High standards: Enneagram Type 1s have perfectionistic tendencies, which drives them to set high goals in business and work hard to achieve top results.
  • Great eye for detail: Perfectionist types are observant, utilizing their eye for detail to spot mistakes, patterns, or details their co-workers miss. Type 1s don’t hesitate to report their findings or share their thoughts, which makes them effective employees.
  • Leads by example: Type 1s expect the best from both themselves and others. As a result, healthy Enneagram Ones in business lead by example by always meeting their deadlines, communicating ideas, and supporting their co-workers.
  • Responsibility: Enneagram Type 1s have a strong sense of responsibility and integrity, enabling employers and co-workers in business to rely on them.

What are the struggles for Enneagram Type One?

Below is a list of struggles Enneagram Type Ones commonly face.

  • Dogmatic thinking: Enneagram Type 1s on unhealthy levels of development tend to be very dogmatic because they have a very rigid code of ethics. Type 1s struggle to combat their dogmatic worldview, leading to hypocritical actions and conflict with others.
  • Never feeling good enough: Perfectionist types are motivated by self-improvement. As a result, unhealthy Type 1s struggle with their inner critic and needlessly push themselves toward self-improvement.
  • Burnout: Enneagram Ones are prone due to their perfectionism. Average and unhealthy Ones tend to work harder to combat burnout but only exhaust themselves further in the process.
  • Unrealistic expectations: Type 1s have a strong proclivity for perfectionism due to their ego trap and core fears. Type 1s consequently struggle with unrealistic expectations for themselves and others. High expectations negatively affect a Type 1’s self-image and interpersonal connections.
  • Inflexibility: Idealist Enneatypes’ code of ethics sometimes leads to an inflexible mindset. Idealists struggle to adapt or accept new ideas as a result

How does Enneagram Type 1 socialize?

Enneagram Type 1s socialize by being direct, honest, and reliable. Type 1s’ strong morals and occasionally dogmatic thinking cause them to be straightforward while communicating. Friends, family, and coworkers sometimes find Perfectionist types to be abrasive and dominant as a result. Conversely, Type 1s are also dedicated and hard-working. Others can expect an Enneatype 1 to always tell the truth, particularly to loved ones or authority figures. Enneagram Type 1s sometimes lose control of their straight forwards, their frank nature manifesting as anger or self-righteousness due to long-stand feelings of resentment. Due to an overwhelming inner critic, unhealthy Perfectionists particularly struggle to control their temper and sharp tongues.

How is an Enneagram Type 1 in a family?

An Enneagram Type 1 in a family displays a reliable, hard-working nature. Enneagram Type 1s work tirelessly to meet their familial obligations regardless of their role. For example, Enneagram Ones are loyal and dedicated to their spouse due to their morals and innate dependability. While stressed or unhealthy, Type 1s may act self-righteous and expect the impossible. However, Type 1s only want the best for themselves and their partners. Ones in a healthy relationship accept criticism and apply practical thinking skills to navigate marital troubles

Enneagram Type 1s display similar characteristics as parents or children. Better Parenting with the Enneagram by Ann Gadd characterizes Enneatype 1 parents as fair-minded and responsible caretakers who encourage their children’s development and morality. Gadd also writes that Type 1s as children learned to be responsible at a young age because they had a difficult childhood. Furthermore, Enneagram Ones developed their perfectionistic tendencies because it earned them praise. Young Type 1s consequently worked hard to meet expectations, even going so far as to be responsible for their siblings or parents.

How is an Enneagram Type 1 in love?

An Enneagram Type 1 in love is devoted and diligent. Healthy Enneagram Ones actively pursue their love interest if they’re not already in a relationship. You must likewise be direct and attentive if you’re the one flirting with an Idealist type. Type 1s do not waste their time on someone who isn’t serious. As a result, Type 1s reject anyone who is frivolous with their affections.

Type 1s in love prove to be loyal, dedicated, and faithful partners. Enneagram Perfectionists work hard to develop or maintain a connection because they desire a perfect relationship. Type 1s plan dates, meet expectations, and do whatever it takes to show they’re serious about the person they love. Once comfortable with romance, Types 1 let their guard down and show a more playful, relaxed side.

How is an Enneagram Type 1 in friendship?

An Enneagram Type 1 in friendship is loyal, honest, and responsible. Enneagram Ones have a strong sense of responsibility, which extends to their platonic relationship. As a result, Idealist types do not view friendship frivolously and tend to maintain a small circle of confidants.

Type 1s as friends like to help out by offering practical advice or guiding you through difficult situations. Healthy Type 1s’ moralistic thinking and innate perfectionism push them to always be honest. Friends with Enneatype 1 personalities are sometimes self-righteous, but only because they mean well. Type 1s show up on time, stay true to their word, and use their resources to help you out.

Type 1s expect to receive what they’ve given to their friendship. For example, Type 1s expect you to keep your promises because they’ll keep theirs. A friendship with an Idealist is built on trust. You must similarly be truthful and attentive if you’re close to an Idealist type. Enneagram Type 1s pressure themselves due to their perfectionism, so it’s also important that you reassure them that their mistakes or flaws do not define them.

How do Enneagram Type 1 males differ from Type 1 females?

Enneagram Type 1 males differ from Type 1 females in two notable ways. Firstly, Enneatype 1 men and women have contrasting self-perceptions. Type 1 women work tirelessly and maintain high standards because they don’t want to disappoint others. Type 1 women consequently tend to define themselves based on what others think. Enneagram Type 1 men feel similarly, but Perfectionist men focus more on their internal goals rather than others’ expectations. Secondly, society perceives Perfectionist women and men differently. People see Enneagram 1 women as intense or intimate due to their high standards and outspoken nature. Meanwhile, people see Type 1 men as controlling but ambitious and determined because of their traits.

How do Enneagram Type 1 people control themselves?

Enneagram Type 1 people control themselves through their desire for perfection. Type 1s hold high standards, which pushes them to strive for infallible self-control. Perfectionists fear appearing flawed, bad, and out of control, which further contributes to their cool exterior. Unhealthy Type 1s particularly display a strong need for control. However, Unhealthy Type 1s display hypocritical tendencies and thus fail to maintain control while demanding others to adhere to their standards.

How is a relationship with Enneagram Type 1?

A relationship with Enneagram Type 1 varies between the nine possible Enneagram pairings. The list below provides an overview of the Enneagram Type 1 relationships and their strengths and conflicts.

  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 1 Relationship: Two Type 1s in a relationship mirror each other. The pairing is usually harmonious because they empathize with each other’s characteristics. The pairing runs into conflict when high expectations leave Type 1s incapable of relaxing around the other.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 2 Relationship: Type 1s and Type 2s in a relationship bring out the best in each other because they share a vision of a better world. The pairing sometimes struggles due to their different perceptions of humanity. Twos are more empathetic, while Ones define others according to their principles.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 3 Relationship: Enneagram Ones and Threes make for a powerful relationship because they nurture each other’s ambition. Ones are diligent and focused, while Threes tend to dream big. The pairing has conflicts if Type 3s disregard the One’s ethical code or if Type 1s act too rigidly for the Three’s taste.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 Relationship: Enneatype 1s and Enneatype 4s in a relationship value each other’s independence and ideals. However, Ones and Fours face issues if they fail to agree to disagree on where they focus their ideals. Fours prefer self-reflection, while Idealists focus on the external world.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 Relationship: Healthy Ones and Fives are usually harmonious because they avoid dramatic displays and work through problems rationally. The pairing conflicts if Type 1s can’t respect that Type 5s prefer theory over action, while Fives grow exhausted by the One’s need for perfection and control.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 6 Relationship: Type 1s and Type 6s bring security and dedication to a relationship because they value responsibility. However, Type 6s and Type 1s clash under stress. Ones tend to fault their partners, while Sixes lash out and withdraw.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 Relationship: Opposites attract in a relationship between the dogmatic Enneatype 1 and the spontaneous Enneatype 7. The pairing’s fundamental differences either bring out the best in each other or lead to constant conflict.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 Relationship: An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 relationship is one of shared ambition. The pairing motivates one another professionally. Type 1s and Type 8s conflict because Eights are too domineering and aggressive for the moralistic Type 1, while Perfectionists are too rigid and self-righteous for Eights.
  • Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 Relationship: Healthy Ones and Nines develop a loving and nurturing relationship because they learn to respect and encourage each other’s differences. The pairing struggles when Type 1s and Type 9s fail to communicate while stressed, leading to passive-aggressiveness.

1. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 1 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 1 relationship is highly compatible due to their mirrored traits. Two Type 1s complement the other’s hard-working nature, desire for due diligence, and high morals. The main strength of a double One pairing is that they support each other and work on goals together. Doing so allows both Type 1s to spend less time focusing on their inner critic. Working alongside someone who empathizes also helps Type 1s cope with their perfectionism.

The main struggle of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 1 relationship is their high expectations for themselves and each other. High expectations sometimes lead the double One pairing to fully relax around each other because they fear looking flawed, sloppy, or undisciplined.

2. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 2 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 2 relationship is full of optimism and hope if sometimes challenging. Ones and Twos are deeply loyal to each other due to their sense of responsibility. The main strength of Type 1 and Type 2 pairing is that they bring out the best in each other by channeling each other’s moral vision of a better world. To add, Type 2s do not strive for perfection, which helps Type 1s to relax.

The main struggle of the pairing is that Ones and Twos have conflicting perceptions of humanity. Twos are empathizing and respect people’s struggles. Meanwhile, Ones hold people to high standards and demand better. Type 1s also struggle with Type 2s’ desire for emotional vulnerability, while Type 2s feel that Perfectionists are too distant.

3. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 3 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 3 relationship makes for a powerful pairing because they’re both hard workers. Type 3s have a ceaseless sense of ambition that complements the Perfectionist’s diligence. The main strength of an Enneatype 1 and 3 pairing is that they help bring each other’s ideas to life. Type 3s use their ambition to help Type 1s concentrate on results rather than perfection. Meanwhile, Type 1s apply their practicality and moral thinking to help Type 3s to stay grounded and focus on realistic goals.

The main struggle of a One and Three Enneagram pairing is a conflict of ethics. Ones think Threes care more about their image and fulfilling their ambitions than they do about their values. In contrast, Type 3s find that Perfectionists are inflexible and self-righteous, which sometimes leads to lengthy debates about right and wrong.

4. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 relationship is one that values independent thinking and creating your own path. Ones and Fours both display a penchant for contemplating philosophical or moralistic notions. The main strength of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 pairing is they respect the other’s independence and commitment to their ideals. Healthy Type 1s and Type 4s also appreciate the other’s input on debates or issues. However, unhealthy or stressed Ones and Four face a lot of issues due to their similarly dogmatic mindset. The main struggle of the pairing is their inability to compromise. Unhealthy Perfectionist types struggle to accept Type 4’s point of view if it goes against their deals and vice versa. Type 1s and Type 4s conflict with ideals. Type 1s prefer to focus on external issues concerning the word, while Type 4s focus on themselves.

5. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 relationship puts privacy and practical concerns first. Healthy Ones and Fives equally value intelligent debates and contrasting views, so communication flows freely between them. The main strength of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 relationship is that they trust each other to work through issues rationally and privately. Both Type 1s and Type 5s refrain from dramatic displays but maintain an exciting connection behind closed doors.

The main struggle of the Enneatype 1 and Enneatype 5 pairing lies in their differences. Healthy Ones and Fives respect their differences but stressed or unhealthy types face conflict. Type 1s believe that Type 5s spend too much time on theory rather than action. Likewise, stressed or unhealthy Type 5s take issue with the Idealist’s need for control and self-righteousness tendencies.

6. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 6 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 6 relationship is built on loyalty, affection, and security. Ones and Sixes are both devoted to loved ones because of their shared sense of responsibility. As a result, the main strength of Type 1s and Type 6s in relationships is that they feel secure because they know they can rely on each other. That said, the pairing clash if stress builds or problems go unresolved for too long.

The main struggle of the pairing is how they deal with stress. Type 1s have high expectations for their partners. Consequently, Type 1s are exacting, demanding perfection while under stress. Type 1’s stress response causes Type 6 to lash out and then isolate themselves, which is how they deal with stress. The pairing’s respective coping mechanism sometimes leads to a greater breakdown in communication.

7. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 relationship is an example of opposites attracting. Healthy Type 1s and Type 7s appreciate their opposing ideas and lifestyles. The main strength of the Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 relationship is how their differences help bring out the other’s best side. Type 1s are hard-working and set clear goals, which inspires Sevens to make concrete plans. Meanwhile, Type 7s’ easy-going nature reminds Type 1s they don’t have to work so hard, and their mistakes don’t define them.

The main struggle of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 pairing is that they sometimes can’t overcome their differences. Stressed or unhealthy Ones become critical of the flexibility, and easygoingness Sevens exude. Stressed or unhealthy Sevens similarly grow frustrated with the Idealist’s dogmatic thinking and need for control.

8. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 relationship is ambitious and forward-thinking. Type 1s and Type 8s are rarely bored with each other due to their similar dedication to their goals. The main strength of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 relationship is their shared ambition. The pairing motivates each other in their careers and ideals. Together, Ones and Eights make strides to change the world for the better.

The main struggle of a One and Eight pairings arises when the novelty of their exciting, fast-paced life wears off. Idealist types sometimes grow tired of Type 8s’ boundless ambition, particularly when it drives them to be domineering or corrupt. Meanwhile, Eights grow frustrated with the Idealist’s moralizing and preaching, especially if they’re also hypocritical.

9. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 relationship

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 relationship is loving and nurturing between healthy individuals. Ones and Nines share in their respective wisdom and idealism about the world. The main strength of the relationship is that healthy Type 1s and Type 9s learn to have deep respect for each other. Type 1s’ ethics complement the Nine’s peacemaking tendencies, while Enneatype 9’s harmonious nature helps Perfectionists be more compassionate

The main struggle of an Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 is passive aggressiveness. While Perfectionists are ordinarily direct, Type 1s under stress become abrasive and passive-aggressive. Nines withdraw because they’re conflict-averse before responding similarly. Both types must learn to communicate.

What are the misidentifications for Enneagram Type 1?

The misidentifications for Enneagram Type 1s refers to Perfectionist types who mistake their personality for another Enneatype. Misidentification prevents Type 1s from fully understanding their behavior and how to grow or cope with unhealthy traits. There are two common misidentifications for Enneagram Type 1s. Firstly, Type 1s tend to misidentify as Type 8s. Type 1s and Type 8s are similarly driven to change the world but take different courses of action. Secondly, Perfectionists are sometimes confused with Type 6 because. Both Type 1s and Type 6s have a strong sense of responsibility, but Sixes are diligent because it makes them feel secure. Meanwhile, Ones’ responsibility stems from a desire for perfection.

Below is an overview of the possible misidentifications for Enneagram Type 1s

1. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 2 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 2 misidentification is due to their position on the Enneagram model. Enneagram Type 1s are wings to Type 2s and vice versa. The misidentification derives primarily from their sense of duty and compassion for others. Differentiating Idealists from Type 2s is done by considering how they approach their ideals. Type 2s are more caring and tend to empathize with humanity. In contrast, Type 1s have an innate sense of morality that disregards those who do measure up to the Idealist’s principles.

2. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 3 misidentification

Enneagram Type 1 and Type 3 misidentification occurs because the two types appear similar on the surface. Ones and Threes are both driven, diligent, and hard-working. Type 1s and Type 3s also have high self-expectations due to their ambitious goals. It’s possible to differentiate Enneagram Type 1s and Type 3s by analyzing their motivations. Idealists aspire to a perfect life defined by principles because they want to be irreproachable. In contrast, Enneagramm Trees care more about achieving their goals and standing out than maintaining principles.

3. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 4 misidentification is uncommon due to their stark differences but occurs if Type 1s are stressed. The Enneagram Type 1’s stress line connects to Enneagram Type 4. Therefore, Perfectionists under stress exhibit traits of unhealthy Type 4s, acting melancholic and hypercritical. Differentiating between Sixes and Fours is done by analyzing when they’re healthy. For example, healthy Ones focus on the external world and how to improve it. Conversely, healthy Fours focus on their inner-self and developing independence.

4. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 5 misidentification happens because the two both display a rational side. Healthy Ones and Fives try to be objective and sensible, particularly while navigating relationship or work problems. It’s easy to differentiate Enneagram Ones and Fives by considering how they approach a problem. For example, Perfectionists are far more proactive, preferring to act quickly and tackle a problem head-on. Fives prefer theory, which means they take time to consider their options before deciding on a solution.

5. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 6 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 6 misidentification is common because of the Enneatypes’ shared sense of responsibility. Both Ones and Sixes work hard to meet their obligations, applying due diligence to capture the best results. Both Ones and Sixes also struggle to relax because they worry about how others perceive them. We differentiate between Type 1s and Type 6s through their opposing motivations. Type 6’s responsible nature derives from their need for security. Conversely, Idealist types meet their obligations so diligently because they hold themselves to high standards.

6. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 7 misidentification is uncommon because the personalities are very different. It is possible to confuse Type 1s and Type 7s due to their similar tendency for idealism, however. Both Ones and Sevens have a preferred vision of the world. That said, Ones and Sevens largely differ because of their contrasting traits and how they approach their ideals. Type 1s are perfectionists and measure the world by their principles, only to be disappointed. Type 7s are far more optimistic and easygoing. The Seven’s idealism reflects their optimism, with healthy Sevens rarely feeling let down by humanity.

7. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 misidentification

An Enneagram Type 1 and Type 8 misidentification is common because both personalities value justice and want to change the world. Both Ones and Eight have a strong sense of right and wrong, neither being able to tolerate inequality. It’s possible to differentiate between Type 1s and Type 8s by examining how they uphold justice. Eights are notably more aggressive and action-originated. Eights command change because it’s easier than asking. Type 1s are also direct, but they prefer to preach through ideals and principles. Type 1s take action but ultimately lack the Eight’s domineering nature.

8. Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 misidentification

Enneagram Type 1 and Type 9 misidentification happens because their respective wing types are confused with each other. Type 1 is a wing for the Enneagram Type 9 personality and vice versa. Therefore, people with either wing tend to display similar traits. Furthermore, both Type 1 and Type 9 wings display an idealistic nature. We differentiate between Ones and Nines by their fundamental behaviors. Nines are peacemakers who prefer to focus on internal harmony rather than debating ethics with others. Perfectionist types are the opposite. Type 1s want the external world to improve, so they’re happy to voice their opinions and begin debate.