are optimistic, energetic, possibilities-oriented people who
appreciate life and want to live it to its fullest.
are multitalented people who learn fast and have many abilities in
many diverse areas. They are the masters of brainstorming. They have
curious and agile minds and can quickly generate new ideas. Their
minds are especially great at finding associations, interconnections,
and interrelationships between seemingly unconnected events, and they
use this ability to see patterns where most people would miss them.
They are ingenious, creative, and imaginative. They are “big
picture” planners who can multitask and work on many projects at
the same time, but they are also focused and disciplined and know how
to bring a project to completion. Although their minds are agile and
fast, they can pause and make decisions with serenity.
are endowed with a love for life and a natural optimism and
enthusiasm that are highly contagious. They are high-spirited,
positive, adventurous, and upbeat and can motivate others with their
energy. They can naturally look for the good in everything that
happens in their life and in the lives of the people around them.
They teach us how to appreciate the simplest things in life. How to
be fascinated and obtain joy from daily and minor events, and learn
to be satisfied and happy in the present moment. They are happy
because they can also accept life's difficulties, frustrations, and
pain without reacting to them or resisting them or trying to escape
from them. This also makes them resilient—they know how to accept a
crisis and turn it into a challenge, into an opportunity. They also
know how to recover and “bounce back” from stress and crises.
are fun to be around, are great conversationalists, and usually are
the “life of the party” with their energetic sense of humor and
entertaining storytelling. They can be charming, cheerful, and
the Stuckness Zone,
intense desire to maintain a sense of happiness and well-being starts
running inside them. An “I must keep myself busy and excited”
belief dominates their thinking. Consequently,
their attention automatically goes to seeking variety and finding new
possibilities and new sources of stimulation on one hand, and to the
avoidance of negative emotions, pain, frustration, and boredom on the
other. Since staying in motion is so important to them, special
emphasis is put on defending their freedom and independence against
anything or anyone they perceive as limiting or restrictive to them.
become restless and less focused. They become interested in too many
things, as if trying not to miss anything on the spectrum of
possibilities that life has to offer, jumping from one track to
another as if they couldn't say no to themselves. They keep planning
for more activities and want to keep their options open, thus
creating an inability to narrow their focus. As a result, they have a
problem with commitment and completion. They start projects and don't
have the discipline or the patience to complete them. They feel
trapped and lose interest in a project once they have already started
and the initial excitement is gone. As a result of their
overextending themselves, their lack of focus and lack of discipline,
their many talents may become wasted (or not fully developed to their
potential), and their many dreams may not come to realization.
planning habit can backfire on them: the more they plan, the more
they live in the future, and consequently the less they can feel joy
in the present moment or appreciate what they do have. Anger and
frustration arise from this, as they can't feel truly content in
spite of their multiple activities, distractions, and busy schedules.
Anxiety builds and they turn to even more planning and busier
schedules in the hope of finding new pleasurable things and
activities that will lessen that anxiety. They become escapists:
self-indulgent, self-centered, bitter, uninhibited, impulsive,
infantile, insensitive, and demanding.
and emotional drain arise since it is very difficult to maintain a
“happy,” “negativity-free” life for long periods as they try
to do. Physical, financial, and emotional exhaustion arise from their
busy, hyperactive lifestyle.
Type description, from "From Stuckness to Growth: Enneagram Coaching" (2012) by Yechezkel & Ruth Madanes
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