The Enneagram Type 9 (The Peacemaker)

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about Ennegram Type 9 archetypes. From definition of the ennegram, examples and why it is useful.

What is The Enneagram Type 9? (The Peacemaker)

The type nine individual is known as the Peacemaker and defined by the desire to avoid conflict or emotional upset of any kind.

The type nine person seeks to access and retain an internal sense of peace and harmony.

As a result of this their personalities tend to be very calm, easy-going, good-natured and easy to be around.

The type nine person is highly unlikely to be the person who causes trouble or deliberately rocks the boat.

Despite this, they do have a tendency towards stubbornness and will resist being controlled or pushed beyond boundaries they are uncomfortable with.

One of the major fears of the type nine personality is of appearing too needy and as a result pushing people away.

Their coping mechanism for this is to give in to the wants, needs and agendas of people around them, using this agreeability as a means of ensuring they are always included.

How do Enneagram Type 9 individuals act?

The type nine personality is the most devoted of all the personality types to finding peace for themselves and others, both externally and internally.

They have an innate desire for connection with other people and with the wider universe which results in a need to work at establishing and maintaining peace of mind.

This means that some of the most fundamental issues encountered in psychology and spirituality have a deep impact on the type nine personality.

These include openness versus blockage, tension versus relaxation, union versus separation and peace versus pain.

Enneagram Type 9 individuals and spirituality

Despite this tendency towards the spiritual and psychological, the type nine individual is very grounded in the physical and bodily world.

When the type nine person is in touch with their innate and instinctive qualities they embody immense power and magnetism towards the outside world.

However, when they are not in touch with these strengths they can become remote and disengage with the world around them.

When this is the case they have a tendency to retreat into their internal selves, existing more in their minds and fantasy worlds.

They can also begin to direct their energies against themselves and build a wall around their own powers so that they become inert. When this is the case their energy will stagnate.

However, when their personality is in balance their energy flows freely and everything in their life seems effortless.

Darkside of Enneagram Type 9 personalities

The type nine personality embodies many of the qualities of the other personality types in the Enneagram.

For example, they have the strength of the type eights, the sense of adventure and fun associated with the type sevens, the dutifulness of the type sixes, the intellectualism of the type fives, the creativity of the type fours, the attractiveness of the type threes, the generosity of the type twos and the idealism of the type ones.

Despite all of the positives which possessing these strong features of the other personality types can bring, there is a negative.

What the type nine is far less likely to have is a strong sense of their own identity.

This means that the type nine personality finds it frightening to have to assert themselves with other people, preferring instead to quietly disappear into the background and be occupied by their own fantasies and daydreams.

Enneagram Type 9 individuals and temptation

The type nine personality personified the almost universal temptation in humanity to ignore the frightening, disturbing and ugly aspects of human life in favour of finding peace, harmony and comfort.

Their response to any form of pain and suffering is to retreat into denial and unwarranted peacefulness, running away from the tensions and conflicts in life in an effort to find simple, easy solutions to it’s problems.

This, whilst understandable, has the effect of limiting their lives and distorting their view of the world.

In order to exist more successfully in the world the type nine personality needs to be able to resist the urge to hide from the darkness and deny those aspects of life, but instead to embrace all perspectives and aspects of the world in which they exist.

Enneagram Type 9 Growth

The type nine personality needs to learn to go along with others and acquiesce less, remembering that in order for others to truly love them then they need to be their true, authentic selves.

They need to learn to pay attention to the world around them and what is going on in it, resisting the temptation to drift away into the background and a world of daydreams and fantasy.

They need to learn to recognise and embrace the negative feelings and anxieties which are an innate and valid aspect of their personality rather than repress these if their relationships with others are to be truly successful.

Enneagram Type 9 Characteristics & Traits

  • Calm and collected
  • Good at diffusing conflict
  • Zen-like presence
  • Wide circle of friends and acquaintances
  • Acquiescence
  • Strength
  • Fun
  • Well liked
  • Easy going
  • Good natured
  • Dutifulness
  • Intellectualism
  • Attractiveness
  • Creativity
  • Generosity
  • Idealism
  • Sense of adventure
  • Enjoyable to be around
  • Self-effacing
  • Receptive
  • Agreeable
  • Complacent
  • Fear pushing people away
  • Stubborn
  • Resist being controlled
  • Spiritual seekers
  • Searching for peace and harmony
  • Need for peace of mind
  • Well-grounded
  • Remote
  • Disengaged
  • Lack a strong sense of their own identity
  • Fears asserting themselves
  • Enjoys living in fantasy and daydreams
  • Ignoring the disturbing aspects of life
  • Tendency to disappear into the background

Enneagram Type 9 Examples

There are numerous famous examples of type nine personalities throughout history, including:

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Princess Grace of Monaco
  • Claude Monet
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Gerald Ford
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Carl Jung
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Walt Disney
  • Jim Henson (Muppets)
  • Tony Bennett
  • Ringo Starr
  • Carlos Santana
  • James Taylor
  • George Lucas
  • Ron Howard
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Sophia Loren
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • “Mister Rogers,”
  • “Marge Simpson”
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