Enneagram Points of View

EXPLORE THE NINE POINTS OF VIEW

There is a community of the spirit,

Join it, and feel the delight...

Open your hands,

if you want to be held.

Sit down in this circle.

Flow down and down in always

widening rings of being.

~Rumi

POINT of view 1 - THE IDEALIST

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 1

AKA

  • The Teacher, The Activist, The Reformer, The Perfectionist

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Eagle

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a hard-working, ethical person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Right – wrong
  • Correcting errors
  • “Zero defects”

WORLD VIEW

  • In the world there is good and bad, right and wrong. It is important to be good and to do the right thing

USE OF ENERGY

  • Doing the “right” thing
  • Correcting error
  • Working hard
  • Ethical action
  • Avoiding negative judgments

POINT of view 2 - THE GIVER

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 2

AKA

  • The Helper, The Mentor, The Supporter

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • Dog

SELF IMAGE

  • I am a caring person who helps others reach their potential

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Others’ needs
  • Being liked by others

WORLD VIEW

  • People need my help – my support
  • I need their approval
  • I need to earn their approval

USE OF ENERGY

  • Taking care of others
  • Seeking approval

POINT of view 3 - THE ACHIEVER

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 3

AKA

  • The Performer, The Motivator, The “Can-Do” Person

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Beaver, The Peacock

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a successful, “can-do” person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Tasks
  • Goals
  • Results

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a contest that I can win if I work hard
  • The world values a winner

USE OF ENERGY

  • Reaching the goal
  • Getting the job done efficiently – quickly
  • Staying active and busy

POINT of view 4 - THE INDIVIDUALIST

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 4

AKA

  • The Artist, The Connoisseur, The Romantic

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Cat

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a unique, sensitive person who understands the deeper meaning of life

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Aesthetics and beauty
  • What is missing in the present moment
  • Symbolism, meaning, and metaphor
  • Self-expression

WORLD VIEW

  • We’re here to plumb the depths of authentic feeling

USE OF ENERGY

  • Seeking authenticity and emotional connection
  • Expressing essence through creative self-expression
  • Creating myself to be a unique individual

POINT of view 5 - THE OBSERVER

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 5

AKA

  • The Thinker, The Philosopher, The Analyst

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Owl

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m a perceptive person who knows how things work

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Facts and data
  • Observing
  • Seeking understanding
  • Intrusions or demands

WORLD VIEW

  • Life is imposing and complex
  • Understanding part of the complexity gives me a sense of safety

USE OF ENERGY

  • Observing from a detached place
  • Learning all there is to know
  • Thinking and analyzing in advance
  • Maintaining privacy, boundaries and limits

POINT of view 6 - THE LOYAL-SKEPTIC

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 6

AKA

  • The Guardian, The Traditionalist, The Troubleshooter

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Wolf

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m realistic; I probe until I find the trouble

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Checking for congruence
  • Discovering the hidden danger or threat
  • Seeking certainty

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a dangerous place, truth is hidden and appearances suspect
  • Everyone needs trustworthy allies

USE OF ENERGY

  • Identifying hidden agendas
  • Finding loopholes
  • Questioning in order to obtain certainty
  • Planning for all the downsides
  • Rehearsing

POINT of view 7 - THE ENTHUSIAST

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 7

AKA

  • The Generalist, The Multi-Tasker, The Planner, The Optimist, The Epicure

TOTEM ANIMAL

  • The Otter

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m an up-beat, renaissance person

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Best-case scenarios, options, possibilities, and pleasure

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is full of exciting possibilities, concepts and experiences. I intend to explore as many as I can.

USE OF ENERGY

  • Seeing the bright side
  • Planning
  • Keeping options open

POINT of view 8 - THE PROTECTOR

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 8

AKA

  • The Boss, The Leader, The Chief

TOTEM ANIMAL

  •  The Tiger, The Rhinoceros

SELF IMAGE

  • I am powerful, just and fair-minded
  • I empower and protect others
  • What you see is what you get

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Who has power and control
  • Are they using it justly

WORLD VIEW

  • The world is a battleground where the powerful take advantage of the innocent.  I expose the abusers, pretenders and fools

USE OF ENERGY

  • Gaining respect by being strong and just
  • Taking direct action and facing conflict
  • Control and dominance
  • Protecting the weak and innocent
  • An “all-or-nothing” style

POINT of view 9 - THE MEDIATOR

Enneagram Totem Animal Point 9

AKA

AKA

  • The Peacemaker, The Reconciler, The Utopian, The Go-Between, The Negotiator

TOTEM ANIMAL

  •  The Bear

SELF IMAGE

  • I’m easy going.  I don’t rock the boat.

FOCUS OF ATTENTION

  • Peace and harmony

WORLD VIEW

  • Everything will work out if we stay calm, amiable and connected

USE OF ENERGY

  • To make peace
  • Keeping everything even