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Enneagram 1w9 - Type 1 Wing 9

What is an Enneagram Type 1w9?

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Type Ones are driven in life to make positive change throughout the world. Type Nines are trusting, supportive, and are driven by wanting to create harmony and remove conflict. In the Enneagram, Type Ones are adjacent to Type Nines. Therefore, some Type Ones share a few of the behavioral tendencies of Type Nines. These are known as Type Ones with a Nine-wing, or Type 1w9.

What is an Enneagram 1w9?

Summary of Type 1w9 and what it means

Type Ones are known as “Reformers” because they are always looking for ways to improve the world, have influence, assert pressure and affect change. Type Nines are known as “Peacemakers” because they have an innate desire to resolve conflict and create harmony. A Nine-wing adds these qualities to a Type One personality. This means that a Type 1w9 will desire to bring about social change, but will be more introverted in behavior and less confrontational. This can make Type 1w9 well-mannered and reserved, but also very critical and judgmental of others and the world around them. As a result, Enneagram 1w9 Types are called “Idealists”.

However, unlike “Reformers”, a Nine-wing may struggle to follow through with their principles if it requires more overt extraversion, which can lead them to appear as detached or impersonal. It can also be difficult for them if they are being challenged or criticized as 1w9s try to avoid conflict. This can mean that “Idealists” find difficulty in tolerating negativity and may sometimes be dismayed by the world not living up to their high standards.

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Enneagram 1w9 Types are often motivated by finding creative, more theory-based solutions to solve complex solutions that help those less fortunate.


Type 1 Primary Enneagram type
1w9 Type One with Type Nine wing

Enneagram Type 1w9 desire justice and equality like Type Ones, but are generally calmer and more balanced.

Remember, an Enneagram 1w9 is still a core Type One, so they are generally calm and collected people. They have strong principles and aren't as manipulated by their emotions. However, the Nine-wing allows them to be more reserved and harmony seeking.

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Type 1w9 Type One Wing Nine

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 1w9 personality.

  • Enables change by teaching
  • Make rational, impersonal choices
  • Go out of the way to help the less fortunate
  • Can be sensitive to questioning of their ideals
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Did you know: an Enneagram 1w9 is prone to stress when ignored or perceived as weak by others.

Type 1w9 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Type 1w9

Enneagram types have fears and desires - things to avoid and things to seek.


Things Enneagram 1w9 Types should avoid

Core fear: To be involved in actions they themselves consider immoral, especially when it causes conflict with others.

  • Being involved in conflict
  • Being seen as negative by others
  • Feeling like their are failing to make a positive impact in the world.


Things Enneagram 1w9 Types should seek

Core desire: Peacefully solving problems that they personally perceive to be important and require their efforts.

  • Follow what they believe to be right
  • Finding personal peaceful space
  • Finding creative solutions to complex problems

Type 1w9 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 1w9 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 1w9, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that stand out and others that can be unhelpful.

Info Table
Type 1w9 Strengths Type 1w9 Weaknesses
Can remain calm when helping others Vulnerable with conflict
Able to solve complex theoretical problems criticize those who fail to meet their high standards
Caring and harmonious Less capable with highly social activities
Defending the vulnerable and less able Are sensitive to criticism

Note: The Nine wings helps offset some of the more confrontational aspects prevalent in core Type Ones, but are more vulnerable in highly social environments that are not harmonious.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 1 vs Type 1w2 vs Type 1w9

Type 1 and Type 1 wing distribution chart

Some Type 1s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 1. Not all Type 1s have a wing, as we see in our research results below.

Figure 1: Type 1 vs Type 1w2 vs Type 1w9


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 63.9% of Type 1s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 1s. 5.3% of Type 1s are 1w9 and 30.9% are 1w2.

  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Enneagram Type 1w9 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for the Enneagram 1w9?

All personality types are naturally drawn to certain careers over others. Here we have compiled a list of three sectors that Type 1w9s have a proclivity for and three that are likely to clash with a Type 1w9 personality type.

Career choices

  • green tick Doctor, nurse, medical care
  • green tick Guidance counselor
  • green tick Social advocate or social worker
  • red cross Banking
  • red cross Accountancy
  • red cross Business development and sales
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There are lots of Enneagram 1w9 Types that have happy and successful careers which do fall into the 'not recommended' category, but these cases tend to be in the minority.

Famous People With Type 1w9

Which famous people are Enneagram Type 1w9?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 1w9. Are you also 1w9? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Venus Williams

United States professional tennis player.

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Xi Jinping

Chinese politician, President of the People's Republic of China since 2013.

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Marcus Aurelius

Roman Emperor from 161-180, and Stoic philosopher.

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Viola Davis

American actress and producer.

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Arsène Wenger

French former professional football player and manager, FIFA's Chief of Global Football.

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Hayao Miyazaki

Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author and manga artist.

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Angela Merkel

German political, Chancellor of Germany from 2005-2021.


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Have we missed anyone?

Our research is always ongoing so please let us know if you think we've missed a noteworthy Type 1w9 worth highlighting.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.