Understanding the Enneagram Type 1 personality

Type-1-ReformerI have integrity, do things the right way and my morality defines me.

They are in the Instinctive Group and are concerned with rationality and social responsibility, they are principled, orderly, perfectionist, and self-righteous.

Positively, the potential for moderation, conscience, maturity, self-discipline, and delayed gratification. Negatively, the potential for rigid self-control, impersonal perfectionism, judgementalism and self-righteousness.


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.

Addictions: Excessive use of diets, vitamins, and cleansing techniques (fasts, diet pills, enemas). Under-eating for self-control: in extreme cases anorexia and bulimia. Alcohol to relieve tension and addictions to gambling are common (especially if unable to work through anxiety.)

Helpful therapy for the enneagram type 1

  • Learning how to understand anxiety
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Becoming less judgemental
  • Becoming less controlling and perfectionist
  • Acceptancing that they can’t control everything or everyone
  • Managing repressed feelings and anger
  • Removing hypochondriacal fears and fears of dying

Enneagram type one wing personalities

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.

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