Enneagram 1w9

Enneagram Type 1W9: The Optimist

If your enneagram test shows that you’re a 1w9, it means that your dominant wing is a one wing and you have a few traits from the nine personality types.

One personality types strive for justice and often can be found fighting for their beliefs. They feel a strong sense of obligation to help others in need.

Nine types are known to care deeply and do just about anything to avoid conflict. Because of this, you’ll find that nine wings are considered “the peace makers”. A nine wing can sometimes be confused with a two wing due to their mutual caring nature.

Combine the one with a nine, and you get a peaceful one. While they still strive for justice, they are exceptionally fair.

What Are Enneagram Type 1w9 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

An enneagram 1w9 has a basic fear of making unethical decisions. Their goal is to help others and they fear their own shortcomings.

Basic Desire

An Enneagram 1w9 has a basic desire to do good and bring awareness to those in need. They want to shed light on issues by teaching and communicating with others in a civilized way.

To Summarize:

  • They strive to make a difference through civilized discussion
  • A 1w9 Stand up for what they believe in
  • Make decisions with a clear mind
  • Thrive off of the love and compassion of others
  • A 1w9 wants to understand how the world works

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 1w9?

When placed in a setting of various backgrounds- whether it be a diversity of beliefs or upbringings, a personality types’ weaknesses and strengths will be intensified.

An Enneagram 1w9 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Detail oriented
  • Defends the rights of others in a peaceful manner
  • They follow their moral values closely
  • They’re generous friends
  • Creative yet down to earth

Enneagram 1w9 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 1w9 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • When avoiding conflict they can appear numb and detached
  • Their personal values lead them to hate negativity
  • May come off as self righteous when questioned
  • Critical of themselves and others
  • They dislike criticism (regardless of it’s from a stranger or their own parents)

Work Life With An Enneagram 1w9

When Communicating With An Enneagram 1w9:

  • Know that this enneagram type has the best intentions
  • Hear them out
  • Be sure to engage in a civilized way

Enneagram 1w9 In Meetings:

  • Give them a time and place and stick too it
  • Convey your purpose in a clear way

Emailing An Enneagram 1w9:

  • Verbal communication is preferred, but if you email be sure to encourage them to share their ideas

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 1w9:

  • This enneagram type responds best when criticism and feedback is given in a direct but positive way

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 1w9:

  • Make sure both sides share their view on the situation
  • Be sure to also acknowledge any mistakes on your part

What Motivates An Enneagram 1w9

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram 1w9 is driven by peace, equality, and justice.

Here Are Some Examples:
  • Advocating for others in need (in a civilized way)
  • Volunteer work for a cause they believe in
  • Abstract concepts
  • Using self discovery to find inner peace and growth
  • Helping to find solutions to problems

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 1w9?

Every Enneagram responds to stress differently and will have different triggers.

An Enneagram 1w9 will be stressed by:

  • Feeling like they’re being pulled in different directions
  • Feeling like they aren’t being heard
  • Feeling like they haven’t contributed or aren’t making a difference
  • Seeing negativity
  • Receiving negative feedback
  • Being viewed as weak and not helpful

What Jobs Best Suit An Enneagram 1w9?

These enneagram types will flourish in a work environment that encourages them to apply their passions and ideas to solving problems. Being able to make a difference (whether locally or in other countries around the world) make this core type feel fulfilled.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Employment within the judicial system, especially a judge
  • Positions that allow them to be advocates: journalism, environmentalist, ambassador, public relations specialist
  • Social worker or guidance counselor
  • Consultant


An Enneagram 1w9 is first and foremost a one wing: driven to help those in need and fight for their beliefs.

And while they’re dedicated to helping others and fighting for their beliefs, they go about it in a civil and peaceful way due to their 9 wing.

An enneagram 1w9 desires to do good, and above all else fears making an unethical choice.

To work well along side a 1w9, make sure they feel heard and that you’re clear and concise about your expectations. A 1w9 will appreciate feeling like your equal, especially when there is a conflict.

If you want to motivate a 1w9, give them something to be passionate about. However, avoid negativity as this is probably their biggest stressor.

This personality type will do best in a work environment that leverages their core traits: helping, advocating, peace making, and so on.

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