The Hornevian Groups

The Hornevian Groups: Indicate the social style of each type and how each type tries to get its primary needs met.

There are three triadic Hornevian groupings of the nine Enneagram  types

The Assertive types  3, 7, 8 : Moving against people: 

The Compliant types  1, 2, 6: Moving toward people 

The Withdrawn types  4, 5, 9: Moving away from people.  


Moving Against People - Self Assertion Principles – Action and Drive

When we engage with this aspect of our being, there is an active approach to getting what is wanted.  Independent and Assertive. Meeting life head-on. Setting Goals, getting involved and making things happen. Dislike sitting around. Out to achieve something big and have an impact. Not necessarily seeking confrontations (although Level dependent), but won’t be pushed around. Knowing what you want and going for it (Proactive). Working hard to play hard.

Key words

Activeness, boisterousness, hurry, action, impatience, passion, drive, ambition, motivation, power-mongering, manipulation, desire for leadership, domination, self-promotion, rule-breaking, pushy, love for coterie, love for subjugating others, love for grandeur, competitive instinct, workaholism, exhibitionism, strenuous effort, fighting spirit, strong belief in self-will, love for spending and extravaganza, materialism, loud mouth, assertiveness, avarice, authoritativeness, pride.


The perspective of three Hornevian Energies as expressed in The Awakened Company; Catherine Bell and Russ Hudson  Available on Amazon
Energizer is about qualities such as self-assertion, drive, direction, energy, external adaptation, motivation, focus, goal-orientation, initiating projects, and “making it happen.”



Moving away from people - Regeneration Principle.

Withdrawing to get what is wanted. Disengaging from others to deal with the needs. The need for quiet solitude. Not attracting too much attention. Happy to not take the lead.  The use of imagination, fantasy and dreaming to accomplish a sense of stability. The Search for insight. The need for rest. The quality of Inertia.

Key words

Contentment, Laziness, dullness, sloth, greed,  effort, lack of motivation, fatalism, negativism, excess sleep, jealousy, envy, miserliness, pessimism, perverted desires, hatred, lust, obsession, deceit, vengeance, day dreaming, bashfulness, covetousness, gluttony, stealth, treachery, possessiveness, aversion, rumor mongering, back biting, dishonesty, laxity.


The ability to pause and look at the bigger picture, creating space, allowing time for creative processes, and engaging in introspect as needed. About innovation, learning, creativity, context, cohesion, and stability. - time spent in reflection, consideration, analyzing data, working in creative spaces, and working in nature


Service - Moving toward people; Self Transcending Principle.

The principle here is to Earn what is needed by placating the inner -critic. This usually includes the need to be good – responsible and dedicated. Keeping commitments, and doing what is expected – what’s right. Being there, for others. Self sacrifice for the sake of the relationship, the company, or work colleagues. Focusing on others at the expense of self provides a sense of delayed gratification.

Key words

Love, compassion, devotion, non-injury, truthfulness, non-stealing, discrimination, dispassion, compassion, sacrifice, kindness, soft-speak, control over senses, non-jealousy, honesty, non-covetousness, patience, forbearance, mercy, humility, guilelessness


The sustaining energy is about maintaining structures and flow, holding to standards, being organized, care, connectedness, values, accountability, responsibility, and anything that has to do with the ordering and support systems of an organisation  or relationship.



Refrences: Neurosis and Human Growth - The Struggle Toweards Self-Realization by Karen Horney, M.D. 1950. Insights of the traditional Enneagram Hornevian teachings, see Page 59, The Wisdom of The Enneagram by Riso-Hudson