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Enneagram Type 9 - 'The Peacemaker'

A summary of what it means to be an Enneagram Type 9

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Enneagram Type 9s, also known as the Peacemakers, bring a lot to the table. They are commonly known for their trustworthy and accepting manner, along with their desire to create harmony with the world. Type 9s can be seen as being complacent, and simply going along with things to avoid conflict in order to keep peace within their environment.


Key Personality Traits of an Enneagram Type 9

What are the core traits of a Type 9?

From studying the Enneagram Type 9, we have found common key personality traits that this type hold. In general Type 9s:

  • Type Nines strive to be tolerant in their attitudes and manners.
  • Type Nines can share and understand the feelings and emotions of others.
  • Type Nines are attuned to their own personal character and feelings.
  • Type Nines accommodate new situations or conditions when needed.
  • Type Nines have a kind, pleasant, and amiable demeanor.
  • Type Nines work well with others and seek ways to reach a common goal.
  • Type Nines seek to keep peace and harmony.

Data: How Rare is Type 9?

Which Enneagram type is the rarest and which is the most common?

Figure 1: Global distribution of each Enneagram type.

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What this chart shows

This chart shows percentage of the population who are each Enneagram type. We see that Type 4s are the most common and Type 6s are the most rare. Type 9s are 7.8% of the population.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Data: Which Country has the Highest Proportion of Type 9?

Survey data on global population frequency of Enneagram Type 9

Figure 2: Regions with highest percent of Type 9s

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What this chart shows

This chart shows countries with the five highest and five lowest percent of respondents with Enneagram Type 9 personality type. This helps identify which regions have an above or below average proportion of Type Nines. We see that of those reporting their country as 'Ireland' there is an above average proportion of Type 9s, and of those reporting their country as 'Malaysia' there a below-average proportion of Type 9s.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "What is your country of nationality?".
  • 5. Countries with insufficient sample sizes have been excluded from this study.

What it Means to be an Enneagram Type 9

The Peacemaker - What does being a Type 9 on the Enneagram mean?

Type Nines are sought out for their friendly, trustworthy and stable demeanor. They bring a sense of comfort to those around them with their constant need to bring peace and harmony to their surroundings. Peacemakers are also known as “stability seekers” for their continual yearning of connection with people. However, this doesn't mean they seek out this connection in large groups. Type 9s tend to enjoy spending time in smaller crowds, or simply being alone. Even though they prefer to be by themselves or in small gatherings, Type 9s may struggle with their fear of loss and separation. Their indecisiveness and fear of conflict are large contributing factors as to why they can be ill-equipped to lead a team within the workplace. When conflict arises, Nines are typically known for “numbing out” and going into a premature state of peacefulness. This can also be seen as denial, or false spiritual attainment.

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Type 9s tend to enjoy spending time in smaller crowds, or simply being alone.

Even with their fear of conflict, Peacemakers are constantly striving to be in touch with their inner energies and emotions. Their love to create peace in the world and consistent state of spirituality, Type 9s can thus have strong interests in tarot cards and astrology. Our Type 9 Peacemakers are commonly known as the crown of the enneagram. “Nines can have the strength of Eights, the sense of fun and adventure of Sevens, the dutifulness of Sixes, the intellectualism of Fives, the creativity of Fours, the attractiveness of Threes, the generosity of Twos, and the idealism of Ones.” (Enneagram Institute).


Dimensions of Type 9 - The Peacemaker

The three main dimensions of Enneagram Type 9

When we perform factor analysis on the core behaviors of each Enneagram type, we find that Type Nine exhibit positive correlations with one core trait (or 'Dimensions') as we shall call them. Dimensions are specific behavioral indicators that underpin a person's enneatype. Think of them as building blocks of a person's personality.

Consider the three Dimensions which came out as having strong correlation with Type Nine personality type, and it helps to understand what underpins a Type Nine's behavior.

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Principled

Nines tend to have strong personal principles which makes them principled and disciplined. They typically have great integrity and can be expected to stick to their word.

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Cooperative

Nines tend to be cooperative and helpful to others, readily putting the interests of others ahead of their - sometimes to a fault.

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Team-Oriented

Nines tend to engage well in teamwork and with others in mind, always keeping focus on the team project as a while. This can make them great assets to a team and useful members of any team.

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Cooperative (Reversed)

An Enneagram Type Nine is less competitive than other Enneatypes. They firmly believe that cooperation is a superior approach to competition, preferring to work together with others than against them.

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Assertive (Reversed)

An Enneagram Type Nine will be less assertive than other Enneatypes. They hold a strong distain for drama, aggression, and arguments, much preferring to employ diplomacy and compromise when handling interpersonal conflict.

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Need for Achievement (Reversed)

An Enneagram Type Nine shows lower need for achievement than other Enneatypes. They tend to focus on the group as a whole, rather than the achievements of specific individuals, including themselves.


Data: Enneagram Type 9 Dimensions Profile

The dimensions of Type 9

We studied the core personality traits (dimensions) of Enneagram Type Nines. The radar chart below shows the results of our survey.

Figure 3: Radar chart of core personality traits (dimensions) of Type Nines

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What this chart shows

This chart shows how Type 9s score on 14 key personality traits. The scores on each scale are derived from our internal research and present a helpful shorthand to describe the Enneagram Type 9 personality profile. For example we see that Type 9s score in the average range for most traits, with a slightly below-average score on Need for achievement and slightly above-average score for Team-oriented.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Type 9: Heart Type, Head Type, or Body Type?

Which center of intelligence is an Enneagram Type 9?
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Enneagram 9s are a body type. They are excellent mediators, non-judgmental and supportive. Type 9s are constantly trying to have control of their environments, and always want autonomy. Being a body type 9, they can also be ambivalent, stubborn and indecisive. Peacemakers will disregard anything that threatens their peace, which is also known as “anger that went to sleep”.

 

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Type Nines are body types. They trust their gut and instinct.


Data: Type 9 Genders

Survey data on Enneagram Type 9 by genders

Type 9s are mostly female (59.3%) with 40.4% female and 0.1% non-binary.

Figure 4: Type 9s by gender

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What this chart shows

The split between genders across the Type 9 population was 59.3% female, 40.4% male, 0.1% non-binary.

Notes:
  • 1. n=877
  • 2. Population: Global Type Nines
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "What is your gender?"

Data: Proportion of Enneagram Type 9 in each Religion

Percent of people who are Type 9 by major religion

Are Type 9s more inclined towards certain religions? From our research we see that Christians are more likely to be Type 9 than Muslims are.

Figure 5: Percent of Type Nines in each major religion

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What this chart shows

This chart shows what percentage of eight religions are Type 9, and the global average percent of people who are Type 9. This helps identify whether a particular religion has an above-average or below-average proportion of Type 9s.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Religions without a sufficient sample size were not included.
  • 5. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "Which religion do you most identify with?"

Type 9 Strengths and Weaknesses

What are the positive and negative attributes of an Enneagram Type 9?

Each Enneagram type has its unique strengths and weaknesses. Personality traits that stand out and others that can be unhelpful. Here we will answer the question of 'what are the main strengths and weaknesses of being a Type 9 Enneagram?'

Info Table
Strengths Weaknesses
Open-minded Stubborn
Creative Avoids conflict
Amiable Low sense of self-worth
Skilled mediator Overly conciliatory
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Note: A Type Nine's amiable demeanor is what helps make them such skilled mediators. It is one of the reasons they are referred to as the Peacemakers, because of their constant need to create harmony and peace in the world. However, this is what also can lead type 9s to consistently avoid conflict and be overly conciliatory.


Enneagram Type 9 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Type 9s

Each Enneagram type has fears and desires; things to avoid and things to seek out.

Fears

Things Enneagram Type 9 should avoid

Core fear: The core fear of Type Nine is conflict, especially if they are responsible for it.

  • Separation
  • Loss
  • Chaos

Desires

Things Enneagram Type 9 should seek

Core Desire: The core desire of Type Nine is to have peace and harmony with the world.

  • Internal peace
  • Inner stability
  • Harmony

Data: Type 9 Age Distribution

Grouped survey data on Type 9 ages

We surveyed the age of Type Nines and grouped the data.

Figure 6: Enneagram Type 9 by age

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What this chart shows

This chart shows that the probability of being a Type Nine is linearly associated with age, and thus older a person is, the more likely they are to become a Type Nine. We suspect this is because older people have learned, through experience, the negative impact of unnecessary conflict and seek to defuse conflict when possible. Similarly, younger people, who may feel they have something to prove, are perhaps more likely to seek conflict and display traits antithetical to a Type Nine orientation.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 9 Arrows: Type 9s at Their Best and Their Worst

How to become a healthy Enneagram Type 9?

At unhealthy levels, Type Nines lose energy and vigour, and become unable to focus on the task at hand. When healthy, Type Nines will have a natural gift of persuasion and mediation, and will be able to navigate challenging disagreements which patience and a sense of calm.

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When in their Direction of Integration, Type 9s are energetic and more self-developing, like healthy Type Threes. When type 9s are in their Direction of Disintegration, they become complacent, worried, and anxious, like unhealthy Type Sixes. Arrows help type 9s (and all enneagram types) to become fully balanced and functioning with every type, and be able to healthily draw power from them.

  • Direction of Integration = Healthy Type 3
  • Direction of Disintegration = Unhealthy Type 6
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Tip: When feeling established and secure, an Enneagram Type Nine can become better integrated with Type Three.

What are the Enneagram Type 9 wings?

Type 9s can also exhibit traits associated with their adjacent Enneatype. For Type 9 the adjacent Enneatypes are 8 and 1. A Type 9 can either have an Eight-wing (9w8) or a One-wing (9w1). With either of these wings, the Type 9 would then exhibit certain traits of that wing type.


Data: Type 9 Sexual Orientation

Survey data on Type 9 sexual orientation

We surveyed sexual orientation amongst Enneagram Type Nines.

Figure 7: Enneagram Type 9 by sexual orientation

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What this chart shows

This chart shows what percentage of each a particular sexual preference are Type 9. For example 10.5% of people reporting as lesbian are Type 9. This compares with 7.8% of all people who are Type 9. Lesbians are more likely to be Type 9 than bisexuals are.

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Data: Type 9 Qualifications

Survey data on Type 9 academic qualifications

We surveyed Type 9s on their highest level of academic qualification.

Figure 8: Highest level of qualification held by Type 9s

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What this chart shows

This chart shows the percent of the population who reported holding a particular qualification as their highest qualification. By comparing data for Type 9 and all types, we can see whether Type 9s are more or less likely to hold a particular qualification. We see that Type 9s are less likely than the average population to hold as their highest qualification "No formal qualifications".

Notes:
  • 1. n=11,271
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "Your highest level of qualification".

 


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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.