Enneagram type 1 the perfectionist or reformer
If you are a type one then it is likely that you will be conscientious with strong personal convictions and very intuitive. You will be fair and principled and strongly dislike others who are less self-disciplined and therefore, tend to take the moral high ground. Your need to justify yourself will be high and this will be further bolstered by a fear of failing or being criticised. You do (or would like to be able to) work hard and make a difference.
Enneagram Type 1 wing types:
Enneagram type 1 with a 9 wing is called the Idealist – reserved, quiet, detailed, devoted, irritable.
Enneagram type 1 with a 2 wing is called the Advocate – impassioned, adamant, determined, convicted.
Type one enneagram personality – Attitudes towards anxiety and depression:
The type one personalities have some behavioural tendencies that can make them feel anxious and trap them in quite a dichotomy:
Feeling jealous – yet, not wanting conflict. Operating to high perfectionist standards – yet, not feeling appreciated. Doing the right thing and feeling righteous – yet, judging others. Analysing all the details – yet, doubting themselves. Wanting serenity – yet, needing to work hard. Wanting to lead and do the right thing – yet, worry about making the wrong decisions.
These conflicts often manifest in anxiety that may eventually lapse into depression. Typical types of anxiety a type 1 will experience include; hypochondria, fear of dying (especially heart attack and chest / breathing issues) and phobias around modes of travel (motorways, planes, subways etc.) and travelling alone. When these dark emotions come to the fore they need lots of reassurance, this eases their pain – yet, makes them feel silly too.
Emotional help for the enneagram type 1 personality
The Calmness in Mind Anxiety & Depression Treatment Program works well for Enneagram type 1’s because it is logical and clearly articulates the what, why, when and how of anxiety – showing them a clear route out of their emotional conflict.