Which Enneagram Type Is Most Common And Why

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Which Enneagram Type Is Most Common And Why
Self, Health And Wellness

Personality type testing is pretty popular as a means of trying to classify a person's needs, wants, and their reactions to the world around them. Of these, the Enneagram is one of the most recognized for its in-depth look into individual personality types and for its accuracy. The Enneagram test places people into nine specific categoried types in order to give them more insight into their inner workings, and while some of these types are commonly assigned, there are some types that are rarer than others.

Which Enneagram types are most common is not totally clear, simply because most of the information available today is based on the anecdotal experience of Enneagram practitioners. I am not aware of any scientific studies. It would be hard to do a scientific study because there are too many variables that make up the complexity of personality.

Many Enneagram practitioners have noticed, based on anecdotal experience, three that are most common — at least in North America.

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Here are the 3 most common Enneagram personality types to fit into:

1.Type Six (The Loyalist)

Sixes like to prevent problems before they happen. They are excellent at encouraging people to work together. They are security oriented.

Sixes love rules as long as it benefits them. They quickly become overwhelmed with fear and anxiety.

2. Type Seven (The Enthusiast)

Sevens like to have a good time. They have endless amounts of energy. They are curious and fun.

They will do anything to avoid pain. Sevens fit in well in today’s world because of our phobia for pain.

3. Type Nine (The Peacemaker)

Nines like for everyone to get along. They are excellent at being able to understand different people’s points of view and experiences. At their best, they make great mediators.

They often don’t value themselves. Nines avoid conflict by ignoring personal needs. They avoid anger to the point that they blow up.

Why do these Enneagram types seem to be the most common? Here are some reasons that may explain it:

Sixes and Sevens are from the dutiful and assertive types, and they are both parts of the head center. These types are easier to notice.

The popularity of self-help books suggests there is a lot of anxiety in the world and desire for many to fix themselves. Sixes easily become anxious and fearful. Fear is part of the human condition. You can interpret this to mean there is a lot of six energy in the world.

With the serious rate of addictions in our world, suggests there is a lot of seven energy. People are doing whatever it takes to avoid the pain in their lives.

Nines are so quiet they blend into their surroundings. It is tempting for nines to avoid conflict in the world by trying to ignore it. Nines can be invisible.

With the world feeling out of control it is easy to understand why the nine fears anger. They see the results of people’s anger getting out of control.

In our unstable world, it is easy to understand why there is a lot of nine energy in the world hungering to bring calm and peace in many people’s lives.

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Here are the 3 least common Enneagram personality types to fit into:

1. Type Four (The Individualist)

The creative, self-defacing type. Fours love to connect with others heart to heart.  

Fours are usually creative in some way. It could be painting, fashion, photography, home decoration, graphic arts, pottery, writing, and more.

They sometimes get confused by what they think to be their feelings. They get their thoughts confused with their emotions. It is easy for a four to get stuck in intense emotions because they believe this is the only way to feel alive.

In the end, fours can teach you how to be fully alive. Fours help you to celebrate your uniqueness. 

2. Type Five (The Investigator)

Type fives are head-in-the-books types. They love to learn. Not only do they like to learn, they love to learn a topic in great detail.

They are amazing observers. They may be quiet, but they are paying attention to what is going on around them. They can read a room better than anyone else.

Fives get stuck when they start to fear knowing not enough. Their greatest fear is to look stupid.

It can take great courage for a five to express an idea that they have not fully processed.

3. Type Eight (The Challenger)

Eights know deep within themselves what they need to be about. If you want to be a friend of an eight, don’t try to block them on their missions. They love it when you join in and help.

Eights deep down inside are vulnerable. They often put a wall around their hearts because they are sensitive.

When you are open and honest with an eight, they are more likely to show their vulnerable sides.

When an eight sees someone in need of help, they will get involved. Eights particularly like to help people they feel have not been treated well or given a proper chance in life.

Why do these types seem to be less prevalent in the world? It is hard to say. The two that come from the withdrawn groups are harder to notice, the four and the five. Why type eight? What do you think?

It could be that the emotional environment of the world is not so welcoming of these three types. It also could be that these energies are not as crucial for the world right now. There is no way of knowing why this may be true.

The commonness of types may change over time as humanity needs more of certain energies.

In the end, you have all have nine types within you. If you accept this truth, then every type in the Enneagram is "standard". It is just that some types are harder to see compared to others.

Whether or not you come from one of the most common types, your goal is to get as healthy as possible in all nine. 

Your goal is to be your true self. It is to be no more or no less than who you are meant to be.

The Enneagram personality test shows that if you want to be a healthy human being, you need to have all nine qualities in you. Not only do you need the nine types to be healthy, you stay healthy by living in the moment where you have access to the wisdom that comes from the universe.

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This article was originally published at REL Consultants. Reprinted with permission from the author.