Enneagram 1w9 -The Idealist -

 Enneagram type 1 wing 9: The Idealist is subtype that results from the encounter of types 1 and 9. This means that the natural sense of justice of type one meets the serene and optimistic pace of type Nine. Quite an incredible blend!


The enneagram 1 wing 9 overview

Enneagram type 9 softens the sharpened perspective of Enneagram type One, this injection of calmness makes them still wise and ethical, but less aggressive. As both types are part of the Gut Triad, the Enneagram type 1 wing 9 could end up being an introvert and have a hard time connecting with their instincts and dealing with anger.

The idealist is a strong combination of principles, justice, and an overall desire for other people’s well-being. This fits perfectly into Enneagram type 1 wing 9 altruistic pursuing to unveil its deepest power and turn it into action. Nothing’s holding the idealist back, except for its own self-demand or self-repression. They’re committed to changing the world and whatever is wrong in it, but as they project the ideal world in their minds it gets hard for them to cope with reality as it is. The Enneagram 1 wing 9 type will have to learn how to flow with life by channeling their true feelings and facing their vulnerabilities. This sensitivity will make them wiser and more relaxed with themselves. The world needs the idealist to be ok with its own self so the fire will light the beginning of new times.

Enneagram 1 The Reformer
Enneagram 9 The Peacemaker

Enneagram 1w9 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Between 9’s fear of loss and separation and 1’s fear of being corrupt or defective, it’s easy to understand why Enneagram type 1 wing 9‘s main fear is to feel trapped in an unjust and unequal world that’s not worthy of them. Or worse, they fear this world might be a reflection of their inner world. They strive to be better and, in that constant pursuit, they don’t want to lose sight of what’s important: their beloved ones.  

The idealist frequently withdraws into their inner self to avoid exposing their traps. They accept their own inconsistencies, so they often bark at their own shadows. 

Basic Desire

Enneagram type 1 wing 9‘s most basic desire is to reach the highest version of things. As they can easily discern right from wrong, they want other people to see things the same way they see them. Enneagram 1 wing 9 types typically shine brighter in calm environments where people are open to hear and share. Under the right conditions, they become truly inspirational and motivational people. Otherwise, when surrounded by conflict, they will withdraw and avoid any negative feelings. As they have a hard time managing these situations, they can’t really enjoy them and set boundaries without feeling confused.

Enneagram 1w9 Strengths

The world needs idealists, and that’s their main strength. They are essential. Whatever the career they’re in, they stand out and broaden their field of action. They don’t take NO for an answer when they know what needs to be done. In a healthy state, the Enneagram type 1 wing 9 can shine and establish new paths and perspectives. Their ideals and the conviction that lights their fire, encourage them to share everything they know with others and to express what they’ve seen so other people can be part of the change. Instead of withdrawing, they make big decisions by taking control of the boat, making it ready to sail into the horizon.

Enneagram 1w9 Weaknesses

Enneagram type 1 wing 9‘s weakness is seeing difficulties or vulnerabilities as failures. In bad times, they fall into the “impostor syndrome”, feeling they aren’t good enough. The Idealist can get quite self-repressive. In the same way they can be patient with other people’s mistakes and setbacks, they won’t be patient with themselves. The bar for them is always too high, which can make frustration take over. They knock on heaven’s door, but on the other side there is nothing but a mirror they should use to look at themselves, and start a new world with self-love.


How Enneagram 1w9 personalities like to work

Here are some important points to take into account when working with a 1W9. They can be useful to improve your relationship and the expected results. The better we know the people we work with, the better of an atmosphere we will have.

Communicating with an Enneagram 1w9

Listen to what they have to say. Ask them for advice on what’s the best to do and what can improve to reach an overall wellness state.

Meeting with an Enneagram 1w9

Define clear goals and make room for discussing key topics. Set a schedule and highlight the meaning of every step.

Emailing an Enneagram 1w9

Be clear and concise about what you want. Be kind, and encourage team work.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 1w9

Be honest, but constructive. Feedback is always welcome when it’s directed towards improving the environment and relationships.

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 1w9

Start by taking responsibility for your perspective and actions, then encourage them to do the same to sort things out.

Enneagram 1w9 Motivations

Enneagram type 1 wing 9 is a very sensitive kind that can easily catch all the negativity and conflicts to better avoid them. If you want to motivate an Idealist, you need to identify what worries them and makes them feel unpleasant. Having their feelings validated is very important for them to be healthy and unfold their brightness. 

Enneagram 1w9 Stress

Under stress the Enneagram type 1 wing 9 can be insecure. If they feel they are not making a difference, or if people are constantly correcting them and pointing out their faults, they can be too tough on themselves. This can become a vicious cycle. Recognition and organization will tame their spirit.

Enneagram 1w9 work

They want to devote their life to something meaningful. Whatever they do, they give themselves out to make positive and structural changes. Enneagram type 1 wing 9s will use discernment to make big decisions at work. If they feel supported, they freshen up the room. Some careers they may follow are Judge, Social Worker, Environmentalist, Guidance Counselor, Journalist, Public Relations Specialist, Consultant, and Ambassador.

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