Enneagram Type 3

Enneagram Type 3: The Performer

The enneagram 3 is driven and adaptable. They are extremely goal oriented and value their achievements.

Because of their adaptability, and enneagram type 3 is able to adjust their demeanors to fit into their setting or the group of people around them. Threes are very good at adapting to just about any environment so that they can fit in.

What Are Enneagram 3 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

The enneagram 3 has a basic fear of being worthless and unsuccessful. Threes, especially unhealthy threes, believe that their value is tied to how successful they are. Enneagram threes fear that if they fail at something, then they may not be viewed as worthy by others.

Basic Desire

An enneagram 3 has a basic desire of being important and accepted. They focus on finding acceptance by setting goals for themselves and achieving them. Threes enjoy the praise they receive when they succeed at something challenging. This makes their efforts feel validated and worthwhile. Healthy threes are self assured and self accepting- they know their value is not determined by their impressive achievements.

To Summarize:

  • Seek acceptance and love through success.
  • Have a basic fear of being unworthy and unloved.
  • Can adapt depending on the social circle and environment they’re in.
  • Like to set and accomplish goals- are action oriented.
  • Focus on their growth and development.

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 3?

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 3 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Desire to succeed.
  • Motivate those around them.
  • Can understand and connect with others.
  • Charismatic.
  • Practical thinkers in the work place.

Enneagram 3 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 3 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Image conscious and unhealthy levels of focus on status symbols.
  • Doesn’t cope well with failure from themself and others.
  • Lose touch with their own feelings.
  • Perceived as competitive.

Growth Opportunities For An Enneagram 3

An Enneagram 3 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Image conscious and unhealthy levels of focus on status symbols.
  • Doesn’t cope well with failure from themself and others.
  • Lose touch with their own feelings.
  • Perceived as competitive.

Work Life With An Enneagram 3

When Communicating With An Enneagram 3:

  • Be straight to the point.
  • Help them understand what you need.

Enneagram 3 In Meetings:

  • Be direct about needs.
  • Assign them specific tasks to complete.

Emailing An Enneagram 3:

  • Keep emails short.
  • Touch on the purpose briefly.

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 3:

  • Use constructive criticism, show them how they can improve.
  • Make them feel valued.

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 3:

  • Discuss the problem.
  • Ask them to think about how they feel and respect your emotions on the topic.

What Motivates An Enneagram 3

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram 3 personality is motivated by being valued and successful.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Achieving the goals they set for themselves.
  • Receiving love and acceptance.
  • Setting new goals.
  • Getting to speak publicly.

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 3?

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

An Enneagram 3 will be stressed by:
  • Feeling like entertainers.
  • Failing at something repeatedly.
  • Being viewed negatively.
  • Try to decipher their own emotions.

Enneagram 3 In The Workplace

A healthy enneagram type 3 will thrive in an environment that allows them to set goals for themselves and work towards them.

They’ll do well in a work place that allows them to be social and meet new people.

Energizers For An Enneagram 3 In The Workplace:
  • Meeting and socializing with new people.
  • Being tasked with new responsibilities.
  • Peers that are impressed by their accomplishments.
  • Direct reports that follow instruction.
  • Working on personal growth.
Things That Drain An Enneagram 3 In The Workplace:
  • Frequently receiving negative feedback.
  • Not being credited for their achievements.
  • Being disliked.
  • Having direct reports that do not respect them.

Enneagram type threes like to think up big goals and plan out how they’ll achieve them. They like being able to work hard and take action.

Jobs That Best Suit An Enneagram 3

  • Entrepreneur
  • Lawyer
  • Surgeon
  • Politician
  • Financial Analyst
  • Marketing
  • Investment Banker

Enneagram 3 In A Relationship (Professional)

In the workplace, and enneagram 3 motivates their peers to work hard and achieve their goals. Peers will view these enneagram types as role models due to their optimistic and go-getter attitudes.

If an enneagram type 3 works with another 3, they’ll need to careful because they can become overly competitive with each other.

An Enneagram 3 Will Work Best With People Who:
  • Establish meaningful connections with them.
  • Acknowledge their hard work and achievements.
  • Like to get a little competitive.
An Enneagram 3 Might Clash With Coworkers When They:
  • Don’t reach their goal.
  • Feel that others have negative perceptions of them.
  • Don’t think about how peers might be affected by their successes.

Enneagram 3 In A Relationship (Romantic)

Enneagram three personality types do well with a partner that encourages them to take a step back and be thankful for the successes they have. Partners who push a 3 to make time for self reflection will find that healthy threes are driven partners.

If an enneagram 3 dates another achievement driven enneagram, both parties will need to make a conscious effort to step away from work and spend time together.

In A Romantic Relationship, An Enneagram 3 Brings These Strengths To The Table:
  • They’re optimistic.
  • Out going and social.
  • Good at communication.
In A Romantic Relationship, An Enneagram 3 May Have Difficulty:
  • Seeing their role.
  • Showing their vulnerabilities and feelings.
  • Stepping away from their goals to make time for their partner.

Who Are Some Famous Enneagram Type 3's ?

Will Smith
Dwayne Johnson
Oprah Winfrey


Enneagram 3s are highly motivated and enthusiastic people. Their core values are setting goals, planning out how to reach them, and then taking action.

A three will fear not being valued by someone, and use these achievements as a way of boosting their value. Healthy threes can see beyond this, and know they’re more than just their successes. Unhealthy 3s most likely have a poor work life balance.

On average, threes are hard workers and motivate their peers with their work ethic. If you want to work well along side a 3, acknowledge their successes and encourage them to keep pushing.

In relationships, threes can be social and outgoing when they’re happy. An enneagram 3’s partner will need to consistently remind the 3 to take a step back to focus on their relationship and be thankful for their past successes.

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