The Enneagram identifies 9 basic types of people. It is best to think of these types as lying on a spectrum that fade from one to the other as opposed to rigid categories with harsh lines inbetween. Below is a chart showing how each of the nine individual types are grouped into sets of three. These “triads” indicate the three basic “centers” from which people can flow: the gut, the head, the heart. Every human being has these three centers, but each individual leans toward one center as the dominant, most familiar place from which to operate in life. Click on any element in these pictures to further investigate.click here to discover how the Ennegram is useful for becoming transformed into the image of Christ.
Gut-centered people act first; think and feel later. People who flow from this center are very connected to a concrete view of reality and have a very “nuts and bolts” approach to life. Their driving sin is that of angerin that they tend to react to their physical circumstances.
Heart-centered people feel first; act and think later. People who flow from this center are very conscious of the community around them and how they are being received by that community. Their driving sin is that of pridein that they are constantly engaged in “image management” in the attempt to be well received by the community.
Head-centered people think first; act and feel later. People who flow from this center tend to view life from an outsider perspective looking in. Their driving sin is that of fear in that they feel separated from other people and their environments, causing them to be afraid .