The Enneagram is a system for personality typing and development. With nine main types, it is easy to quickly understand the basics, while it offers endless levels of depth for those willing to dive in. The model can be visualized by numbers, lines, and triangles. After searching in vain for a graphic of the Enneagram that includes all of these layers in one single image, I designed one myself.
These two posters can be downloaded as PDF files for free for your own use. They are suitable for printing on A4 or A3 size.
How to read this image?
If you know how the Enneagram works, it will be easy to understand the main image if you look at the four smaller images of the separate groups. The image that combines everything together allows us to quickly find out several things:
- To see which types belong to a certain group, you search for the name of the group (for example ‘positive’) and follow the lines or triangle of the same color to the different types.
- You can start from a type number and see all groups to which it belongs. For example: type 5 is part of the ‘mind’ triad, but also connected to the yellow triad ‘withdrawn’, the blue triad ‘competency’ and the purple lines of the ‘rejection’ group.
- You can see in which way every type is connected to every other type. For example, type 5 has a connection to type 9 because they are both part of the withdrawn group. Type 5 shares similarities with 8 because they are both in the rejection group. And so on.
- If you know your tritype, you can do the same and ‘stack’ the groups your types belong to in order to see where you lack or have a lot of. For example, if your tritype is a combination of 9, 4, and 6 you can see that you are skewed toward the ‘withdrawn’ group, which tells us about where to find keys for our personal development.