Enneagram Personality Type Nine – LAB Profile Through the Levels


Healthy Nines at level 2 and 3.
Motivation Traits; Reactive, Sameness, External,
Working Traits; Co-operative, Person, My/Your

At level 2, Healthy Nines “desire to create peace of mind for themselves by becoming unselfconscious”. An External drive where their “sense of self begins to be a function of someone or something other than itself”. They become the most Cooperative of types as they “do not have a distinct sense of self as separate from others”.
A My/Your rule structure, makes them the most “uncritical, most trusting and accepting of types”. They are Person orientated giving nature, animals and even abstractions a deep emotional resonance”.

Nines seek peace and harmony in themselves. The problem for Nines is that “their peace is threatened by any tension between themselves and others”. Their combination of External + Person + Sameness at level 3 drives them to want to reconcile people to each other”.
There is a Toward motivation and an ability to be Proactive; they are “still engaged in the world and go about their duties until things get done”. “If there are conflicts between people” (others being Internal to each other) “healthy Nines are typically the peacemakers and mediators”. They have a healthy ability to sort for Sameness, combined with Person that can “bring people together and find common ground where everyone feels good”
The healthy aspects of Reactive + External provides healthy Nines with “noteworthy patience” and an “active quality of looking out for the other with hope and expectation”.

Average Nines
Motivation Traits; Reactive, Towards, External, Procedure, Sameness,
Working Traits; General, Person, Cooperative, Other

At level 4, “a shift has taken place”. Messrs Riso- Hudson explains this as “a shift in their attitudes”; the difference between a Healthy Nine who ar “in touch with themselves and others”; as kind of balance between Self and Other – whilst average Nines “gradually lose touch with themselves”. A shift towards Other.
This combination of External + Other + Sameness, shows up as “subordinating themselves to roles and social conventions”; “concern about what the neighbours will think” and their compliance to “conservative, conventional and traditional values”

They are more Procedures orientated, preferring “established patterns and habits”. At the same time, the Sameness motivation means “they do not want to change themselves for another person”. Given their External + Other orientation, this will inevitably lead to problems form their “typical attraction to forceful people”.

As they drop to level 5, so the unhealthy effects of the Sameness + Reactive, fuels their resolve for “nothing to change and not have to exert themselves in any difficult matter”. “They take the Ostrich approach and sweep problems under the rug”- “stalling until problems go away on their own”.
By “withdrawing attention from the outside world” they can maintain the Sameness of their inner world. In a sense, they are shifting into Self. “they learn to tune out whatever they do not want to deal with” and “become inattentive and forgetful. However, at the same time “because they still want to maintain harmony with significant others, they may be responsible about taking care of other’s needs” This could be considered as a conflict between Self and Other. Something Nines thought they could avoid by going along with the others agenda.
At this level and at level 6, their General trait; “their lack of attention to details” creates more problems for average Nine.
Level 6 see them “underestimate the seriousness of the consequences of their passivity” They have the External + Reactive + General hope that others can fix things for them, but “underestimate how difficult it will be for someone else to correct the problems they refuse to deal with”.
There is a Toward motivation and positive outlook that drives them to “get their problems behind them” and a wishful thinking approach to life, that “if they ignore the problems long enough they will go away”.

Unhealthy Nines

At level 7 there is a shift towards Self as unhealthy Nines “actively resist acknowledging problems and no longer want to accommodate others”. There is false attempt at Internal as they become angry at those who attempt to help them because to do so others must break through their resistance and attack their illusions, thus arousing their anxiety – something that is an anathema to them”

They become “chronically depressed and low functioning”. This is the “ Denying Doormat” the sort of person that can be found in abusive relationships. With their deepening Reactive + External approach they “become increasingly ineffectual” and “depend on others to solve problems and make everything alright again”. ( dependent personality disorder)
A level Eight unhealthy Nines “regress to infantile state” and a “neurotic dissociation” the “typical abused wife who will not flee from her husband- much less do anything about protecting herself in the future”
Level 9 they become the “self-abandoning Ghost – schizoid – multiple personalities”

Healthy Nines at level 1

For Nines at level 1, the healthy aspects of External + Cooperative are balanced by their own Independent + Internal empowerment. They are “aware of their own thoughts and feelings as well as others” and “know the Difference between them. “they are at one with themselves” – “truly autonomous” The positive aspects derived from an Internal /External – Self / Other balance and “identify with others or not” . The ability to be Proactive allows the to do this now “as they choose”
To get the most from the type / LAB Profile combinations that follow
read the two previous articles on LAB Profile Motivation Traits and Working Traits

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