Enneagram Type 9

Enneagram Type 9: The Peacekeeper

The enneagram 9 is peaceful, spiritual, down to earth, and caring. Nines do their best to avoid conflict and negative emotions, as this disrupts their inner peace.

Nines tend to prefer time alone or quality time with smaller groups of people.

What Are Enneagram 9 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

The enneagram 9 has a basic fear of that they may lose those they care about. A nine will do whatever it takes to keep those they love close, including avoiding conflict and remaining peaceful even in unhealthy circumstances. They will adapt to the preferences of others instead of voicing their own and creating potential tension.

Unhealthy nines will become numb and dissociate under stress or conflict. This is a developed protection mechanism that can cause a nine to withdraw and lose touch with reality.

Basic Desire

An enneagram 9 has a basic desire to be at peace. Type nines are happy when they have inner peace and have peace in the world around them.

To Summarize:

  • Nines avoid conflict and negative emotions.
  • Seek to have peace internally and around them.
  • Fear of loss.
  • Are often too acceptable or agreeable.
  • Dissociate or become numb to their problems.

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 9?

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 9 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Can see multiple perspectives.
  • Are calm and can adapt to different situations.
  • Supportive and caring to others.
  • Mediating conflict.
  • Open minded and not judgmental.

Enneagram 9 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 9 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Struggles with conflict and avoids it.
  • Will minimize the severity of problems to avoid them.
  • Avoiding difficult situations.
  • Passive aggressive instead of facing conflict.

Growth Opportunities For An Enneagram 9

An Enneagram 9 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Struggles with conflict and avoids it.
  • Will minimize the severity of problems to avoid them.
  • Avoiding difficult situations.
  • Passive aggressive instead of facing conflict.

Work Life With An Enneagram 9

When Communicating With An Enneagram 9:

  • Encourage them to be expressive about their feelings and needs.
  • Create a space where they feel safe expressing their own opinions.

Enneagram 9 In Meetings:

  • Create a pressure-free environment.
  • Encourage them to share their perspectives.

Emailing An Enneagram 9:

  • Address purpose.
  • Create small talk and personal connections.

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 9:

  • Avoid dwelling on the negative.
  • Present areas that need growth as opportunities instead of criticisms.

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 9:

  • Express your side in a gentle way.
  • Encourage them to share their side, be supportive.

What Motivates An Enneagram 9

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram nines are driven by peace and maintaining their relationships.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Stability in the work place and their personal life.
  • Mediating two opposing sides.
  • Helping ease other’s tensions.
  • Feeling like they’re in a safe space and being heard.

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 9?

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

An Enneagram 9 will be stressed by:
  • Feeling like they’ve let those they care for down.
  • Making difficult choices.
  • Being ignored.
  • Pent-up emotions.

Enneagram 9 In The Workplace

The enneagram type 9 will be happiest in a work space that allows them to help others. Common jobs many nines will choose involve stability, repetitive patterns, and an easy going pace.

A type nine will enjoy an environment where their peers are receptive to bonding and establishing relationships.

Energizers For An Enneagram 9 In The Workplace:
  • Being able to help others work through problems.
  • A boss that wants to hear their thoughts and opinions.
  • Peers that are interested in developing a connection.
  • Direct reports that are kind and appreciative.
Things That Drain An Enneagram 9 In The Workplace:
  • Fast paced, high tension, and cut throat environments
  • A boss that is distant.
  • Peers that dismiss their thoughts or opinions.
  • Direct reports that aren’t interested in extra guidance.

The enneagram type 9 is patient and supportive of their peers. Type nines listen well and are receptive to the many perspectives around them

Nines will be happiest when they feel like they’re in their comfort zone and can follow a routine.

Jobs That Best Suit An Enneagram 9

  • Veterinarian
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Librarian
  • Diplomat
  • HR Manager
  • Psychiatrist
  • Religious worker

Enneagram 9 In A Relationship (Professional)

When nines work around people who are driven and realistic, they feel more comfortably showing their own identity. When they feel relaxed and able to be themselves, they’ll speak up more to express their ideas and opinions.

If two type nines work together, they’ll have to hold themselves accountable for getting work done.

An Enneagram 9 Will Work Best With People Who:
  • Do not start fights.
  • Are interested in knowing them.
  • Are optimistic and positive.
An Enneagram 9 Might Clash With Coworkers When They:
  • Feel overlooked.
  • Miss deadlines.
  • Come across someone who likes to start conflict.

Enneagram 9 In A Relationship (Romantic)

If an enneagram type 9 has a partner that feels misunderstood, the 9 will step up to make sure they feel nurtured and supported.

When an enneagram type 9 dates other nines, they’ll need to take turns making decisions.

In A Romantic Relationship, An Enneagram 9 Brings These Strengths To The Table:
  • Adaptable in different situations.
  • Understanding of their partner’s perspective and emotions.
  • Supportive and caring.
In A Romantic Relationship, An Enneagram 9 May Have Difficulty:
  • Handling issues that are emotionally difficult.
  • Engaging in deep conversation.
  • Expressing their thoughts if nobody agrees with them.

Who Are Some Famous Enneagram Type 9's ?

Audrey Hepburn
Marie Kondo
Abraham Lincoln
Morgan Freeman


Nine personality types have a desire to bring peace to themselves and the world around them. Healthy nines will use this ability to help bring two opposing sides together, and establish unity. Nines have the unique ability to heal conflicts, although sometimes this will cost them their own happiness.

An enneagram 9 fears losing those they care about, so they become submissive and passive in order to avoid upsetting those people. In doing this, an enneagram 9 can compromise their self worth and peace.

The Enneagram type 9 should use self discovery to grow and reflect on these fears and desires. Healthy nines should be able to recognize their love for others while being comfortable enough to share their opinions (not put their well being on the back burner).

Out of all enneagram types, the enneagram 9 is the most motivated by peace and unity. The enneagram type 9 will be stressed is negativity infiltrates their peace, and might numb themselves to the feelings it causes.

If you’re working alongside an enneagram 9 personality type, make them feel safe and comfortable with you. An enneagram 9 that feels secure will be better at communicating, resolving conflicts, and sharing their opinions and ideas.

An enneagram 9 will do best at a job that is routine and slow paced. They enjoy being surrounded by peers who value relationships as much as they do. If they feel comfortable in their role and connected with those around them they will be significantly more productive.

In relationships (both professional and romantic), the enneagram nine will be happiest with people who enjoy being helped and are calm. An enneagram 9 enjoys getting to support someone in need, especially when that peer or partner values it.

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